Bulldogs Can't Get A Bounce
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final score, 4-0, was a familiar one for both sides. This, however, was Quinnipiac's turn. Four different players found the net and Michael Garteig stopped all 33 shots as the No. 4 Bobcats took the ECAC Hockey game with No. 13 Yale before a sellout crowd at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs beat their cross-town conference foe 4-0 in last April's 2013 national championship game before the two skated to a 3-3 OT tie at Hamden in November.
Yale (12-8-4, 7-7-3 ECAC), which had just three fewer shots, could have put on a much better show if a few of the pucks had found their way through traffic. Five scoreless advantages didn't help matters at all.
The puck just didn't take a Bulldog bounce tonight, while the Bobcats (21-5-5, 11-3-3) used three point-blank, top-shelf tallies to put the game away.
The Bobcats, who scored once in the first, twice in the second and once in the third, got the only tally of the opening period at 12:07, while outshooting Yale 12-11 over the 20 minutes.
The best Bulldog opportunity in the first was a shot from the slot by Nicholas Weberg with 8:42 left. Kenny Agostino had one as well with under a minute left on a backhander off the edge of the crease.
"I thought we started with some real jump," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "They were able to cash in on their scoring opportunities."
Yale, needing a win to get closer to the conference playoff bye conversations, had similar chances in the middle frame, including three power plays, but couldn't solve Garteig. Both teams put 11 shots on target.
The highlight of the third period for the home team was the play of freshman goalie Alex Lyon, who made a diving, penalty-kill save with 12:26 left in third and then stopped a Travis St. Denis breakaway midway through. Lyon finished with 32 saves, including 10 on the penalty-kill.
"Alex [Lyon] played great for us," said captain Jesse Root. "You can't win if you don't score any goals. We lost our process. We didn't keep our structure or team defense and we didn't take care of the puck."
BULLDOG BITES: Junior forward Anthony Day returned to the Yale lineup after missing a few games… Yale takes on Princeton Saturday night at 7. There are still SRO tickets available and the ticket office at Ingalls opens at 5:30.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
photo by Nicholas Carlino