Bulldogs Fight Back To Earn 2-2 OT Tie

Young, Orzetti Score To Erase 2-0 Deficit

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Gus Young's goal with 4:38 left in regulation capped a two-goal comeback as the No. 15 Yale men's hockey team earned a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 12 Union in ECAC play before 3,500 at Ingalls Rink.

Young's put-back of a rebound helped the Bulldogs (6-3-2, 3-3-1) erase a 2-0 deficit against the two-time defending ECAC regular season champions.

Yale managed the comeback without a power-play goal, while Union (8-3-4, 3-2-3), the nation's top power-play unit, scored both of its goals on the advantage.

"I don't usually get too excited about a tie, but I was really proud of the way our guys battled," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.  "A tie was probably the right score at the end of the day."

The Elis, who split last year's series with the Frozen Four participant, had 10 shots on target over their eight power plays.

"They have a great kill. There were some times we had some looks, but we bobbled the puck," said Allain.

The Bulldogs were playing without two of their top six forwards after injuries to Jesse Root and Trent Ruffolo last night against RPI.

"I have a lot of faith in the character in our locker room. When they get punched in the nose, they come back a little stronger. My biggest fear is that we wouldn't have enough stamina because we had a short bench," said Allain.

Yale senior goalie Jeff Malcolm made 33 saves and earned first-star honors by limiting the nation's best power plays to two tallies, including a 5-on-3 score that nearly put the game out of reach. He got help from a Yale penalty kill unit that put bodies and sticks in front of shots and limited Union to three shots on target during the five chances.

The Dutchmen had a 14-11 edge in shots in the first frame and got the only goal.

The Elis were trying to kill off their first disadvantage of the night when Antoine Laganiere was called for hooking on the fore-check in the visitor's end. Union cashed in the opportunity with the two-man advantage when Wayne Simpson's shot from the left circle went off the far post and into the net at 11:42, his eighth of the year. The score was set up by a pass from point to point and then a feed low to Simpson in area of the circle closest to the goal. He had a small window to hit and got some help from the post.

Union also had a three-shot lead in a scoreless second period. Malcolm needed to stop all 11 shots and one advantage to keep the Blue in the game. At the other end, the Elis had three power plays during which five of their eight shots for the period were on target. Troy Grosenick (32 saves overall), the All-American goalie from Union and last year's Hobey Baker finalist, was steady and solid in closing any quick openings to shoot at.

The Dutchmen, working the puck around a power play like they did on the first tally, found the net again 3:38 into the third to make it 2-0. Defenseman Greg Coburn saw the puck go point to point and then down low before it came across to him for an easy one-timer, his fifth goal of the season.

The Bulldogs, who suited up six freshmen, didn't back down at all and actually picked up the pace after the second goal. That helped them cut the lead to one almost two minutes later when Charles Orzetti banged home a rebound at 5:25. Laganiere fired a shot from the circle and the freshman forward put back the loose puck after the save for his first collegiate goal. "It was just a cycle play. I left it for Lags and he put a good shot on that hit pads. It was just lying there. I put two whacks at it and got it under him (the goalie)."

Yale continued to put the pressure on Grosenick and managed to break through again with Andrew Miller igniting the scoring play. Yale's captain came flying down the ice and made a move across the blueline and cut to the middle. He fired a snap shot that was kicked out by the goalie. The rebound came out to the middle of the slot. Young, sprinting in from the point, got to it first and slapped it back low into the cage with 4:38 left.

"Killian made a great play in our zone to put it to the middle for Miller. I was just trying to get up on the play and drive the net. Miller put a great shot on net and left me a wide open net," said Young, who got his first of the year. "I think I had the whole net to shoot at."

The Blue had a chance to win the game with a late power play but the Union penalty kill won the battles in the corner, blocked a few shots and kept Yale from getting anything on net.

A Ryan Obuchowski shot from the point with 16.9 seconds left in regulation was Yale's last chance to end it before extra time was played. His shot went through traffic before Grosenick gloved it.

Malcolm still had to come up with a big save on Daniel Carr with one second left to get the OT. Carr came around from behind the net and put a big scare into the Bulldogs and the full house at the Whale.

Union had a 4-3 edge in shots in the OT that included a scary backhander by Simpson with 3.5 seconds left. Laganiere had two shots at the other end that were close to ending it as well.

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

 

 

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