March 1, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Peter Bogdanich's shot from the left circle caught the net inside the far post 1:19 into overtime as the Colgate men's hockey team earned a 3-2 win over No. 11 Yale before an Ingalls Rink sellout crowd on the final day of the regular season in ECAC Hockey.
The Raiders (11-16-7, 6-11-5) erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the third period to send the game into the extra session before registering the knockout blow.
The Bulldogs (20-7-2, 15-5-2), who won the conference regular-season championship on Friday night, had a shot blocked at the point that turned into an odd-man rush at the other end. Brian Day carried the puck into the Yale end and dropped a pass for Bogdanich, who notched the winner with his fourth goal of the year.
Colgate, outshot 28-23, got revenge for a 5-4 OT loss to the Bulldogs at Hamilton on Jan. 24 when the Raiders surrendered a four-goal lead over the last 12 minutes. Yale senior Alec Richards finished with 20 saves, and he did not allow anyone to find the net on four power-play chances. Charles Long, who stopped 15 shots in the third period, had 26 for the game.
Yale, which had its home win streak end at five games, outshot Colgate 8-5 in a sluggish, scoreless first period. Both teams had a few grade-A scoring chances and a pair of man-advantages.
The second frame wasn't much different, though the Raiders had the upper hand in shots (9-3). Most of the action was in the Yale end, but Mark Arcobello had the best opportunity to find the net in the period. Backman picked up a loose puck at center ice and hit his linemate in stride. Arcobello went in alone on Long and sent a rising wrister off the crossbar with three minutes left.
The crowd, in a relative calm after 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, erupted 35 seconds into the third period when Yale lit the lamp on a great wrist shot from freshman forward Limbert (6th goal). The rookie took a pass from Denny Kearney and maneuvered into the hight slot before letting go on a wrister that flew over Long's shoulder.
The shots were 17-8 in the third in favor of Yale, but both teams had a pair of goals.
The Raiders had just two of the first 15 shots on target in the third, but their second one found the net to even the score. Nick St. Pierre took a pass in the middle of the slot and fired a high wrister past Richards at 12:42 to even the score at 1-1.
Backman's hard work in the neutral zone resulted in Yale taking a 2-1 lead with 4:39 left. The junior forward fought for the puck a few times before getting it over to Brian O'Neill, who passed it over to Arcobello. When Arcobello's shot was saved by Long, the rebound stayed on the side of the crease and Backman swooped in to flick it home for his team-high 16th tally of the year.
Despite being outshot 17-8 in the final frame, the Raiders were able to seize momentum.
"We came out flat and that's just not acceptable. We stayed flat for two periods," said Backman, pondering the two-week wait for the playoffs to have another shot at victory. "This will leave a sour taste in our mouths, but you have to let the water roll off your back. We will use the extra time to get better and have some injured players get healthy."
McIntyre's goal was one of the biggest ones for Colgate this season. He took a sizzling feed feed from the right corner off the stick of Bogdanich and re-directed it off the edge of the crease with 1:52 left to make it 2-2.
Broc Little had a nice rush as regulation time expired, but couldn't get enough on a backhander. The Elis didn't realize how much they needed him to find the net.
"You can't expect to play just 20 minutes and win a game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "We played better in the third, but we were not ourselves in the first two periods."
Bulldog Bites: Yale seniors Matt Nelson, Alec Richards, Dave Inman and Patrick Brosnihan were honored before playing their last regular season home game at Ingalls... The sellout crowd was the sixth straight at Ingalls Rink...Today's game aired live on ESPNU, but there were no media timeouts during the periods... The Bulldogs next play in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals at home on March 13-15 against an opponent that will be determined by this week's first-round series... This was Colgate's 16th overtime game of 2008-09, which ties the national record.