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Lyon's Effort Can't Save Yale

Alex Lyon. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Alex Lyon. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Young Has 2 Points in 3-2 Loss


POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Yale unbeaten string ended at four games with a 3-2 loss to No. 14 Clarkson before 2,367 at Cheel Arena. Not even a superb, 32-save outing by freshman goalie Alex Lyon could prevent the eighth ranked Bulldogs from dropping the ECAC contest.

The Knights outshot the Blue 35-19 and got a pair of goals from AJ Fossen while improving to 14-7-2 (7-2 ECAC).

Yale (8-4-4, 3-3-3), which had its lowest shot total of the season, got scoring from a pair of blueliners.

Lyon was the king of the Yale defense in the first period, and he was hungry for pucks because they came flying at him from all directions. If not for his heroic opening frame, the Knights would have had a big, early advantage. The first eight shots on target in the game were all at the Eli rookie, who stopped 12 of 13, including at least seven grade-A chances. Lyon stopped them standing, on his pads and even on his back. Five of the shots came during a power play.

The only one that got by Lyon, at 13:11, came after a Yale defenseman got knocked out of the play and was lying on the ice after taking a puck to the body.   

The Elis, whose best scoring chance was a one-timer from the low slot by defenseman Tommy Fallen at even strength, got their first rubber on net 5:35 into the contest and finished with five for the period.

John Hayden helped Yale notch the equalizer early in the second. The freshman winger carried along the left side and zipped in around the net. He backhanded a pass through the slot that Chris Izmirlian got a stick on and slowed the puck down for a charging defenseman from the point. Gus Young sent a low shot past Steve Perry for his third of the season at 5:34.

The visitors had a golden opportunity to grab the lead when Kenny Agostino came in alone on Perry shorthanded, but the Knights' goalie knocked the wrist shot away, which led to the home team capitalizing just after its advantage expired and taking the lead back with 3:28 left.

Lyon, standing on his head again with 13 saves in the second (14-6 shots), had to stop a breakaway by Allan McPherson among the many quality Clarkson chances.  

The Bulldogs thought they tied the game at 6:30 on a scramble in the low slot when the red light flashed, the whistle blew and the officials called for a replay. The referees, who never signaled a goal, did not allow the score and 45 seconds later Clarkson made it 3-1.

The Blue cut the lead to one with 3:39 left on the power play. Anthony Day sent a pass to the point from the corner to Young, who quickly moved toward the net and then sent it over to Rob O'Gara on the left side. The sophomore defenseman carried a few strides and then sent a low shot into the back of the net for his third of the year.

Lyon left the cage with 63 seconds remaining for the extra skater, but the Elis could not get another quality chance to even it.

BULLDOG BITES:  Gus Young has goals in his last two games… The one change in the Yale lineup from last weekend was Charles Orzetti in at forward for Carson Cooper… Yale, at St. Lawrence tomorrow night (free video on SLU website), has a home-and-home series with its travel partner, Brown, next weekend… The Elis left New Haven on Thursday and stopped in Lake Placid (site of the conference championships in March) to practice and eat dinner before getting to Potsdam in the evening.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director