Root, Ruffolo Lead Blue Over SHU

Yale Takes 5-1 Game at Whale

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs took a weekend off from ECAC Hockey play, but they didn't slow down at either end of the rink. Jesse Root had two goals and Trent Ruffolo added a goal and an assist as No. 9 Yale beat Sacred Heart 5-1 at Ingalls Rink.

The Elis (4-1-2), who scored three times on special teams, outshot the Pioneers 42-23 and converted two power plays to run their unbeaten streak to six games.

Root put the Blue on top early with a great shorthanded effort and forecheck. The senior captain came in alone on the SHU net and fired a puck off the goalie's pads. The puck bounced over the net and off the boards. A Pioneer defenseman grabbed it before Root took it away and skated around to the crease. He fell to his knees and then slipped the puck five-hole just 90 seconds in.

The visitors used the rest of the advantage to even things at 1:55, and that's where it stayed into intermission.

The second period was a different story as Yale outshot Sacred Heart 16-7 and scored three times. The first came off of Stu Wilson's stick at 9:08. Wilson followed up shots from John Hayden and Gus Young to make it 2-1.

"We had a rough start tonight, but we turned it around in the second. We were moving our feet and finishing our checks, which made it very difficult for them to play against us after the first period," said Ruffolo.

The highlight of the frame was the Elis' third tally of the night. Mike Doherty started the play by getting the puck to Kenny Agostino. The senior forward skated to the left dot, deked a defender and headed through the high slot before unleashing a laser backhander over Alex Vazzano's shoulder at 11:20.

Ruffolo one-timed a Carson Cooper pass with just 11 ticks left in the period to up the lead to 4-1.

"Our D-man made good breakout pass and [Anthony] Day had a good chip to Cooper," said Ruffolo. "Cooper had a great shot on the goalie and the puck bounced out to him. He put a perfect pass across to me and I had it easy to put in an empty net. The left side was open."

Root added another second-effort goal late in the game after taking a pass from Doherty. The captain was in the low slot and shot the puck off the goalie's pads, picked up the rebound and took it to his backhand before flipping it over Vazzano for his fourth goal of the season.

Yale freshman Alex Lyon made 11 of his 22 saves in the third period to earn his first collegiate win.

 

 filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
 
Agostino image by Don Clark

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