No. 11 Elis Up Unbeaten String to Four
PRINCETON, NJ – Tommy Fallen's two long second-period goals helped ignite a Yale offensive burst that broke open a close game in the No. 11 Bulldogs' 5-2 ECAC Hockey win over Princeton at Baker Rink.
The Bulldogs (3-1-1, 2-0-1 ECAC) took a 2-0 lead into the second period and scored three times to put the game away and increase their unbeaten streak to four games.
Fallen, the junior blueliner from Plymouth, Minn., notched his first two goals of the season with lasers from the point. The first came at 8:21 that made it 4-0.
"I just threw one on net when I saw traffic, and the forwards did a great job of getting in the goalie's way," said Fallen.
The second one was the back breaker because it came with six seconds left and after the Tigers had scored a power play goal.
"Their forward was ready to block the shot but I was able to get it by him," said Fallen. [Charles] Orzetti did a great job of screening the goalie."
Yale freshman goalie Patrick Spano had a strong showing with 23 saves, including 10 in the final period. The Montreal native gave up two special teams goals but took away numerous grade A chances to earn his third win in net in his first Friday night action as an Eli.
"He [Spano] did a good job for us," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "He only gave up two goals on the road. That's solid performance."
The Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 30-25 on a night when power plays were not a factor; the teams combined for one man-advantage tally on six chances. Yale didn't need a great power play tonight, it dominated much of the night at even strength with a relentless fore-check and great puck movement that open space and created better shooting angles.
"I liked the amount of scoring chances we created, and I liked the way we defended the first two periods," said Allain. "A lot of those chances were created by the way we defended. We took a step forward today."
The step forward after the game is the preparation for tomorrow's rematch of the national championship game against Quinnpiac, which beat Brown 3-0 tonight and is on a nine-game win streak. Yale will need another complete performance in that matchup.
"Our back check with the forwards was great and our defense did a great job of keeping everything outside," said Fallen, summing up the Eli effort at Princeton, which got a combined 23 saves from two goalies.
Yale sophomore Carson Cooper picked up rebound off a save on the inside edge of the left circle and found a small opening on the near side of the net at 7:48 of the first to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. He was one of four Elis to find the net, including freshman Mike Doherty's first collegiate goal and a breakaway goal by sophomore Stu Wilson.
Yale got points from nine different skaters…This was the sixth straight win over Princeton… The Elis skate at No. 5/6 Quinnipiac Saturday night at 7 in a game that can be heard on WYBC AM-1340 and seen on WCCT TV in Connecticut, Fox College Sports (Pacific) and on Quinnipiac's YouTube channel… Yale suited up the same lineup as last Saturday against Clarkson. The only exception were the goalies; the two freshmen made the trip.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director firstname.lastname@example.org