8 Score Goals in 9-2 Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Eight Bulldogs found the net as the Yale men's hockey team opened its 2013-14 season with a 9-2 exhibition victory over the University of Ontario Institute of Technology at Ingalls Rink.
Yale, which opens the regular season next Friday against Brown at the Liberty Invitational, suited up all but one player on the roster and outshot the Canadian opponent 51 to 18.
The Blue, which outshot UOIT 16-5 in the opening frame, lit the lamp first when Charles Orzetti (Wycoff, NJ) went bar-down with a rebound at 7:41. The Ridgebacks evened it 12 seconds later, but that was as close as they could get to the Elis.
"We weren't perfect, but I like the fact that we got better as the game went on. Our focus and discipline was great in the third period. We got out of the game what we wanted to get," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
Yale's second tally was one of the most entertaining ones. Freshman forward John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.) , who led the team with two goals, carried the puck from behind the net and through the right circle, swooped back behind the net and into the left circle before cutting back toward the goal line. He went around a defender and then deked the goalie before tucking it inside the right post at 10:08.
Captain Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took advantage of a five-minute major and slipped the puck past Colin Dzijacky to make it 3-1. Later in the period he made a pretty pass that was converted into a shorthanded goal by senior Clinton Bourbonais (Dexter, Mich.).
The Eli net was guarded by three different players. Freshman Patrick Spano (Cote Saint-Luc, Que.) stopped four of the five shots he faced in the first and gave way to classmate Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.), who halted seven of eight over the next 20 minutes. Junior Connor Wilson (Cary, NC) closed out the game with five stops in the third.
UOIT cut the margin to one early in the second, and then the home team responded with a pair to close out the middle frame. Senior Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) one-timed a nifty pass from Bourbonais , who hooked up with Root on the other with 4:16 left in the period.
Junior Trent Ruffolo (Coral Springs, Fla.) tipped home a Nicholas Weberg (Oslo, Norway) feed to up the lead to 6-2. Shortly after, a pair of newcomers connected to make it a five-goal game. Frankie DiChiara (Ronkonkoma, NY) one-timed a great pass from Hayden before the Ridgebacks began to loose their composure and take a bunch of penalties in a row.
Hayden jumped on a rebound off of Gus Young's (Dedham, Mass.) shot from the point with a 5-on-3 advantage for an 8-2 score. It wasn't over. Another two-man advantage resulted in a Stu Wilson (Pittsford, NY) tally as the Blue cruised to victory.
"It was a good start overall, though we have to tighten up a few things," said Root. "All five lines played great and everyone contributed. It was a great team win."
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time," said Hayden about his first game in a Yale uniform. "Playing with Stu Wilson and Frank DiChiara made it very easy for me."
Freshman forward Tim Bonner (Plymouth, Minn.) was the only skater not in uniform tonight… In alumni news, Mark Arcobello '10 helped a teammate record the fastest consecutive goals in Edmonton Oilers history. Arcobello, who has played nine games with eight assists (3rdin the NHL), fed Taylor Hall twice within eight seconds last Thursday against the New York Islanders. Those two tallies broke Wayne Gretzky's record (9 seconds). The former Yale star had over 21 minutes of ice time that night.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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