January 24, 2014

Bears Take Round One of Weekend Series

Yale Has 43-28 Edge in Shots But Falls 3-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown broke open a 1-1 game with two quick goals in the third period on the way to a 3-1 ECAC Hockey win over Yale at Meehan Auditorium in the first of a home-and-home, weekend series with its conference travel partner.

Yale had a slight edge in face-offs and a big (43-28) advantage in shots, but neither were enough to get the Eli offense clicking.

The battle of rookie goalies was even for the first two periods, but Tyler Steel had the edge in the third and finished with 42 saves, including 17 in the last 20 minutes.

Alex Lyon turned aside 25 shots and blanked the Bears on all four advantages, including a major, but needed more support at the other end. The only offensive support came on a Kenny Agostino power-play tally in the second.

Yale, one of the least penalized teams in the nation, entered the game averaging a little over four infractions but had three in a scoreless first period. Consecutive calls during the last half of the frame really tested its penalty-kill unit, which limited the quality chances and kept the puck on the perimeter.

The first ended in the middle of a Brown advantage, which included a 2-on-1 rush that was thwarted on a diving breakup by Eli sophomore defenseman Rob O'Gara.

Somehow, despite the penalty-kill time, Yale had a 13-9 edge in shots. John Hayden (rebound on edge of crease) and Stu Wilson (shorthanded breakaway) had the best opportunities to put the visitors on the board.

The home team broke through at even strength with the first goal midway through the second, but the Bears quickly got in trouble with a penalty that gave the Elis a chance to retaliate.

Less than a minute later, Jesse Root passed to Tommy Fallen at the point and the junior defenseman moved it over to the right circle for an Agostino one-timer. The senior forward connected with the puck in the outer part of the circle and zipped it inside the near post at 11:29 for his eighth of the year. 

The 1-1 score lasted through the end of the second because both goalies were playing well and the Yale penalty-kill came up big on a five-minute kill toward the end of the frame. Frankie DiChiara was called for hitting from behind (game misconduct), but his teammates rallied to allow prevent any serious threats during the advantage. In fact, the Blue limited Brown to just four shots on net though the overall period totals were 13 for each side.

After the Bears scored the third period goals, Yale continued to put shots on target (17-6 in the third) but nothing was falling. The Elis pulled Lyon with 1:35 left but got just one shot  on the cage.

BULLDOG BITES: There are a limited number of seats available for Saturday's game at Ingalls; the Yale ticket windows open at 5:30 pm on Saturday… Kenny Agostino's second period power play goal was the 50th of his collegiate career… There were at least a dozen NHL scouts in the arena; six (5 from Yale) players who have been drafted by NHL teams were on the ice…The Blue suited up the same lineup at last Saturday at St. Lawrence.

 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

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