Controversial Goal Gives UVM 1-0 Win
Malcolm Shines With 26 Saves
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman goalie Jeff Malcolm stopped 26 of 27 shots in his second collegiate start, but the one that got away from him was the difference in No. 19 Vermont's 1-0 win over No. 10 Yale before 3,675 at Gutterson Field House.
To say the lone goal in the re-match of the 2009 NCAA East Regional semifinal at Bridgeport, Conn., was controversial would be an understatement.
A surprising, second-period video review of a pileup in front of the Yale net with 4:25 left in the second resulted in the game-winner. David Pacan was credited with his third goal of the year after Malcolm made at least two saves and about six players were battling for the puck in the crease. The referee immediately signaled no goal, but decided to take a look at it anyhow. When the fans behind the replay area at ice level began cheering, it was easy to tell the official had changed his mind.
What seemed to be at issue was either the net being moved at the time the puck went over the goal line or the whistle coming after the goal had been scored. Only the first case can be reviewed. When asked for a statement from the referee, all that was mentioned was the puck crossing the goal line.
"There was a crossing pass and then I made a save," said Malcolm, who may have had the best Yale goaltending performance of the young season. "He [Pacan] flipped up the rebound and it went behind me. I think [Jeff] Balch caught it and threw it under me."
"There was a scramble in front and a shot hit the crossbar and dropped," said Balch, a freshman Yale forward. "I grabbed it. If it went over the line, it was after the net had been moved."
The NCAA does not require hockey venues have cameras placed for reviews, but Hockey East does and it the conference rule gave its member school a boost tonight.
Keith Allain '80 Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey was happy with the play of his freshman goalie but angry about the way the game was decided.
"It's tough to pitch a shutout and lose. Jeff looked confident, he came out on top of the crease," said Allain. "This was a great test for a young goalie and I thought he came out with flying colors."
Yale outshot Vermont 10-7 in a scoreless opening frame, but the quality scoring chances were comparable. The visitors nearly scored while killing off a penalty with 40 seconds left. Mark Arcobello stole a pass in the low slot, wheeled around the net and tried to tuck a wrap-around shot past Mike Spillane (26 saves). The senior netminder got his stick out in time.
UVM had a pair of grade-A opportunities late in the period but Malcolm came up with big saves.
Yale still had many chances to go into the second intermission even. Despite being outshot 11-8, the Bulldogs created two great ones at the seven and eight-minute marks. Andrew Miller's shot from the right circle and Brendan Mason's mini breakaway were both stopped by Spillane.
At the other end, Malcolm was standing on his head to stop numerous odd-man rushes. Two minutes into the third with UVM on the power play, he stopped Chris McCarthy, the first of three great stops in the final period.
Both teams were scoreless on six man-advantages, but the Blue had a 5-on-3 early in the third and couldn't get more than one shot on goal.
The Elis pulled Malcolm with :43 seconds left and a faceoff in the home end. After Mark Arcobello won the draw, Broc Little snapped off a shot that bounced off a skate or shin guard and sailed over the glass. The referee ruled that it went off a Yale player and placed the faceoff out of the zone, which effectively ended a chance for a tying goal.
Vermont (6-5-1) had the edge in shots, 27-26, and beat Yale (5-3-2) for the second straight time. It ended the Bulldogs' three-game win streak.
"It was a heck of a hockey game. We played really well," said Allain. "We didn't execute as well as I'd like on offense."
The Bulldogs are back at home this Friday and Saturday for a conference set with No. 6 Quinnipiac and Princeton.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director