October 27, 2012

Bulldogs Get First Win at Showcase

Root Has 2 Points, Laganiere Gets 3rd Goal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Antoine Lagainere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) finished a three-goal opening weekend by notching the game-winner in a 3-2 decision against Princeton in game three of the 2012 Ivy Showcase at Brown's Meehan Auditorium.

Laganiere, who had both Yale goals in the 2-2 OT tie yesterday against Dartmouth, used a Clinton Bourbonais clean faceoff win to get the puck past Princeton goalie Mike Condon on a low laser shot from the slot at 17:42 of the second.

"We've worked on that faceoff for a while," said Laganiere, the 215-pound senior forward. "Trent Ruffolo did a great job of blocking out their D. It was a wrist shot that went low far side."

Laganiere, who leads the team with three goals after a pair of games, now has 34 goals and 59 points in 85 career games. Bourbonais assisted on all three of his goals this weekend.

"It's a lot of hard work starting to show. Our line has chemisty. We know where each other is on the ice," said Laganiere.

Yale (1-0-1) outshot Princeton 34-27 and had two fewer penalties. The Elis got 25 saves, including a dozen in the second period, from senior Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.). He and his defense allowed just one power-play goal in three attempts.

Condon ad 31 stops for the Tigers (0-2-0), who fell to Brown on Friday night.

The Blue used its first power-play goal of the year to take a 1-0 lead in the first period. Junior forward Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got the goal with sophomore blueliner Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) picking up the helper.

"We played well as a team and seemed to get better every period throughout the weekend," said Yale captain Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). 

The Tigers roared back in the second to score twice and take a 2-1 lead that lasted until Root, Miller and Kenny Agostino (Flanders, N.J.) hooked up for an even-strength tally at 15:22 of the second. It was the 26th career goal for Agostino.

The showcase games this weekend count on the regular season record but not in the conference standings. The Bulldogs open ECAC Hockey play next weekend with a road trip to Dartmouth and Harvard on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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