Bulldogs Get 3-Point Weekend
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Earning three points in a conference set against two excellent North Country teams is considered an accomplished weekend. The Yale men's hockey team earned two of the three with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over No. 17 Clarkson at Ingalls Rink.
The No. 11 Bulldogs (2-1-1, 1-0-1 ECAC) ended the Knights' six-game unbeaten streak by erasing an early deficit with four straight goals - including two by Anthony Day - while outshooting the visitors 38-28.
Yale's freshman class had much to do with the win. Two newcomers scored their first collegiate goals and goalie Patrick Spano made 25 saves including a number of quality chances.
""They [freshmen] are making great contributions early, and they are spread throughout our lineup. For us to have success, we will have to get contributions from them, "said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
The Knights (7-2-1, 1-1-0) got on board first with a long shot from Kevin Tansey that sailed high through traffic and somehow found the net.
The 1-0 lead lasted for less than two minutes as Carson Cooper and Day connected on a nifty goal at 8:53. Cooper, a sophomore forward, stole the puck behind the Clarkson net and then found Day crashing the cage. The junior one-timed it past Steve Perry (32 saves) for his second goal of the weekend.
Soon after, the Bulldogs made it 2-1 with an advantage. Rob O'Gara grabbed the puck by the blueline and sent a shot on net that was blocked but not controlled by the goalie in the green jersey. That's when a pair of freshmen took over. John Hayden snatched it and quickly flipped it over to Frankie DiChiara for a short-distance one-timer into an open right side of the net at 10:22. It was DiChiara's first collegiate goal.
The Bulldogs used another power play to up the lead to 3-1 with 5:06 left in the second. Day, who entered the season with five career goals and now has three this season, went bar-down on the glove side with a nasty snap shot from the high slot. He got the puck after Tommy Fallen took it from his own end and hit Kenny Agostino, who was heading up ice. Agostino crossed over the blueline, stopped and spotted his linemate crossing in the middle.
"Kenny [Agostino] got it to me and [Jesse} Rooter had a great screen on the shot," said Day, who enjoyed a three-goal weekend. "This year, I have a lot more responsibility at that end of the rink."
"Anthony [Day] has shown a great shot in practice. We've just been waiting for it to show in games. I'd like to see him shoot more," said Allain.
Yale came out firing in the third and bumped the margin to three with a short backhander by Jesse Root at 3:43. His second goal of the year was the result of puck movement by Mike Doherty that got the Eli captain the puck on the inside edge of the right circle.
Two quick Clarkson tallied midway through the third highlighted a temporary shift in momentum and cut the lead to 4-3.
"They turned up the heat, but our guys took over the game again," said Allain. But they were coming hard."
Rookie forward Chris Izmirlian, seeking his first goal as a Bulldog, changed that at 11:32. O'Gara, the sophomore blueliner, flipped a high clearing pass out of his end that was won by the freshman. Izmirlian pulled it in, wound up and fired a laser past Perry.
The Knights pulled Perry for the extra skater with 1:56 left and sophomore forward Matthew Beattie (2nd goal) smacked one home from the their blueline with a little over a minute left to clinch it.
Junior defenseman Alex Ward got his first action of the regular season tonight… The Bulldogs go on the road next weekend to face Princeton and Quinnipiac…. Freshmen accounted for four points tonight… The Blue had 17 shots on net in the middle frame.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director – email@example.com