Yale Gets ECAC Sweep with 4-1 Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Chad Ziegler had a goal and an assist and Nick Maricic stopped 33 of 34 shots as the No. 10 Yale men's hockey team earned a conference weekend sweep by beating Princeton 4-1 before 3,123 at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs (7-3-2, 4-1-2 ECAC), winners of four of their last five games, got a great performance from their freshman goalie Maricic while outshooting the Tigers 43-34. Maricic blanked Princeton (3-7-1, 2-6-1) on all three power-play chances.
The Elis entered the game as the top scoring team in Division I, but Ziegler had played 21 collegiate games without finding the net.
"It's a huge load off my chest," said Ziegler, whose teammates celebrated his first goal on the bench. "It felt so good to get one tonight, especially being right before the break. I hope there are more to come."
Alan Reynolds made 39 saves and was the primary reason the game remained close. He had 15 saves in the first and survived allowing two goals and giving all the momentum to the home team.
"There was no letdown. This team has developed a sweep mentality, and we judge our success on getting four points," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "The line of [Kevin] Limbert, Ziegler and [Antoine] Laganiere got two goals tonight. Shift in and shift out they played very well."
The Blue struck first with another freshman getting his fourth goal of the year at 2:30. Antoine Laganiere skated over the blueline with a defender on him but managed to snap off a quick one. The puck sailed over Reynolds' left shoulder.
Yale made it 2-0 just 88 seconds later when Mark Arcobello (3rd goal) converted a pretty pass from linemate Sean Backman. Arcobello skated into the middle of the slot and received a feed on his backhand. The senior kept it on his backhand and waited for an opening before flicking it inside the right post at 3:58.
Sam Sabky (2nd) cut the margin in half at the 14:00 mark on a high wrister over a sprawled-out goalie. The junior Princeton winger got to a rebound that came out to the bottom of the right circle, turned and sent one into the open, top-half of the net.
The home team increased the lead to two early in the second. The puck was batted back and forth between the circles in the Princeton end before Ziegler took it from a Tiger defenseman and fired a low wrister stick side on Reynolds.
Both teams put 15 shots on net in a middle frame full of great chances and huge saves, but the Bulldogs got the only goal.
Reynolds, who came in with three games played and a 2.30 goals against average as the backup to last year's conference player of the year, Zane Kalemba, made save after impressive save down the stretch of the third period to keep the visitors close.
The Elis finally broke through with the clincher. Defenseman Jimmy Martin picked off a clearing attempt and found his classmate open in the right circle. Broc Little one-timed the feed low and inside the near post at 18:12.
"They [Princeton] are always a good team. They have a lot of speed and we have speed too," said Little, who has a team-high 10 goals. "It's always a fast game and I always enjoy playing them."
The Elis are off until early January when they play Ferris State in the Badger Hockey Showdown at Madison, Wis.
Recap filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Video by David Dikranian