Root Adds 3 Points in 4-2 Win
CANTON, N.Y. – John Hayden had two goals and one assist, Jesse Root had a goal and three points and Matt Killian had a goal and an assist as the No. 8 Yale men's hockey team skated past St. Lawrence 4-2 before 1,837 at Appleton Arena.
The Bulldogs (9-4-4, 4-3-3 ECAC) scored a pair of power-play goals to make Alex Lyon a winner between the pipes with 28 saves.
The freshman goalie had it easy at the start because the Bulldogs came out blazing in the opening period with three goals while outshooting SLU 17-4. Lyon then needed 13 saves in the second and 11 in the third to get the Blue two points in the North Country. Both of the home team goals came with an advantage.
"We focused on coming out hard for 60 minutes from the drop of the puck," said Root, who is now tied for the team lead with seven goals. "There's a lot of work to be done, we need to make sure we show up for 60 minutes every game."
Killian opened the scoring on an advantage with a rising backhander from the slot that zipped over Matt Weninger's shoulder at 7:11. The Eli defenseman got the puck from Root, who had a career-high point outing.
Yale's power play clicked again to up the lead to 2-0. Killian returned the favor by getting the puck to Root, who skated in and flicked a shot that trickled through at 12:52.
"We came out in the first period with something to prove," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "We had our feet moving and our fore-check was going well early."
The third visitor tally came at even strength at 15:19 when Root skated out from the corner and fired a low, off-angle shot that Hayden got a piece of before it settled into the net.
The defensive pair of Killian and Tommy Fallen got pluses for two of the three Eli goals in the period.
"The fast start was key. It was good to get up by three because they are a talented team that can score and score quickly. We knew we couldn't let up," said Root, the Yale captain.
Tyler Parks replaced Weninger to start the second and was greeted by a Yale goal 21 seconds in. A St. Lawrence player's pass attempt went the length of the ice into his own end. Kenny Agostino won the race to the puck. Parks turned to his right to get a look, Agostino pulled it back quickly to the right and saw Hayden coming. The pass was perfect and the freshman had an open side to shoot at from the edge of the right circle.
"A big part of our success tonight was starting periods with intensity and speed. Ago [Agostino] did an unbelievable job on the fore-check and made a great pass," said Hayden, who has three goals this season. "Him working that hard made it pretty easy for me."
SLU had a 14-8 edge in shots for the middle frame, but both sides scored once. The home team used a five-minute advantage (Stu Wilson, game misconduct, contact to head) to get on the board at 9:16.
The Saints, who cut the margin in half with another power-play goal with 5:20 left in the third, pulled Parks for the extra skater with 1:39 left but could only get one shot on Lyon.
"Alex played very well tonight," said Allain. "They [SLU] made a push at the end and he did a great job."
BULLDOG BITES: Stu Wilson's 10-minute game misconduct came as quite a surprise. It was not even clear if a penalty had been called, but it looked like it would go down as an interference infraction if anything until we saw Wilson heading for the locker room… Yale is at Brown Friday before hosting the Bears at the Whale on Saturday… The one change in the lineup from last night was Matthew Beattie in at forward for Mike Doherty.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director