No. 9 Elis Tie No. 5 Bobcats
HAMDEN, Conn. – The battle of ranked Connecticut teams in their first meeting since last April's national championship game followed the script of a classic college hockey game and was all that everyone expected from the rematch. No. 9 Yale came back from two goals down to earn a 3-3 OT tie at No. 5 Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action before a sellout crowd at High Point Solutions Arena.
Yale freshman goalie Alex Lyon made 48 saves to help his squad to consecutive three-point weekends. That's the most for an Eli netminder since Nick Maricic had 49 in a double OT playoff game at Harvard in 2012.
"A like a crowd like that, it helps me get ready," said Lyon, referring to the fans in the building. "They are a good team for sure, but I feel like the crowd really helped us."
Three different Elis found the net with assists from three different teammates as Yale ended the Bobcats' win streak at nine games.
The Bulldogs (3-1-2, 2-0-2 ECAC) stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the second period with three goals in just over three minutes to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
"I am disappointed in not getting a win tonight, but it was a three-point weekend and you have to be satisfied with that number," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
After a pair of even strength Bobcat goals over the first 30 minutes of play, two Yale freshmen forwards and a sophomore defenseman put the puck past Michael Garteig.
The Elis used their fourth power-play chance to get on the board at 12:06 when Ryan Obuchowski one-timed a Tommy Fallen crossing pass over the Quinnipiac goalie's shoulder. That got the Bulldogs buzzing.
The home team got the only tally of the third period and Yale had to kill off two big power plays to send it to the overtime.
The Elis had a chance to pad the lead before the equalizer when Kenny Agostino took a pass from Jesse Root and went in alone on the QU goal. Agostino tried to tuck it five-hole but barely missed with 6:50 left. Nearly a minute later, Matthew Pecca scored to even it at 3-3.
Lyon made a few excellent saves on grade-A chances in the extra frame and finished with 23 stops over the last 25 minutes.
"He [Lyon] did a good job for us. He was out square to the puck and showed poise under pressure tonight," said Allain.
It was a hard-fought and well-earned road point when you consider the Bobcats are 80-38-16 in High Point Solutions and currently lead the nation in defense while the offense is averaging just under four goals per game.
"I thought we played pretty good team defense. We kept them from second shots and kept them to the perimeter. We were shorthanded on the back end due to injuries, and I thought we gutted it out," said Allain.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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