Bulldogs Power Past Bears 6-0
Root 5 Assists, Lyon Gets Shutout
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a special night for the Bulldog special teams with two important ECAC Hockey points on the line in the second of a home-and-home conference travel partner series before a sellout crowd at Ingalls Rink. No. 10 Yale scored a season-high four power-play goals on the way to a 6-0 win over Brown.
Tommy Fallen and Kenny Agostino had two goals each, Jesse Root had five assists and Alex Lyon got his first collegiate shutout with 28 saves. Root's total is the most by a Bulldog skater since John Sather tied the school record by dishing out six helpers in a 1990 game.
Lyon, who notched Yale's first shutout of the year, had a dozen of his stops in the second and 11 more in the third.
"He's been outstanding," said Root, Yale's captain. "It was great to see him [Alex Lyon] get that first shutout. He battles hard for us every night and keeps us in every game. It was good to reward him, and he earned it himself."
Yale scored on three of four power-play chances over the game's first five minutes and three seconds, chased Brown's starting goalie from the net and did not allow a Bear shot on target until there was 9:51 left.
"It was important for us to take advantage of those opportunities. Our guys were focused and ready to go," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
Fallen got two of them, the first and third, from the top of the right circle on low lasers through traffic that went past Tyler Steel. His first was the end of a pretty, low-to-high-crossing pass that started with Root, who had a career-high points night.
"We didn't expect to start with a five-minute power play. We needed to capitalize on it. That could have easily swayed the momentum if they killed it off. It was good execution," said Root.
The Elis made it 2-0 when defenseman Rob O'Gara crashed the net and snapped back a rebound almost on the extended goal line 36 seconds after the first tally. Gus Young started the scoring play with a shot from the point that was put back by Frankie DiChiara.
Fallen, who took a feed from Ryan Obuchowski (2 assists) to make it 3-0, notched his third collegiate two-goal outing.
Brown, which had seven penalties for 36 minutes in the opening frame, including a pair of majors (one for slew-footing), were outshot 20-5 and did not have one advantage.
Agostino got in on the scoring with the game's first even-strength tally at 13:46. He picked off a pass outside the Brown blueline, skated in to the left circle and flicked a backhander over Marco DeFilippo's shoulder.
The visitors took three more penalties in the second, but some guys in white jerseys also spent time in the box and there was no scoring. Brown had a 12-6 advantage in shots but was 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Blue made it 5-0 just 28 seconds into the third on a Young shot from the point that found its way through some bodies. The scoring ended with Agostino re-directing a Root feed in the low slot.
At the other end, Lyon was stopping shots from all angles and getting great help from his teammates.
"Some people can look at score and think it was an easy shutout, but they had some quality chances tonight. He did a fantastic job. He plays with great poise and gives his teammates confidence," said Allain.
BULLDOG BITES: Tommy Fallen's two goals move him ahead of Kevin Peel on the school's career defenseman scoring list into 10th place with 53 points… The three power play goals in the first period were the most Yale has tallied in any game this season… Last night at Brown, Yale forward Frankie DiChiara (No. 17) was called for a major penalty and a game misconduct. Eight-six seconds into tonight's game, Brown's No. 17 (Zack Pryzbek) got the same call.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director