Ziegler's 2 Goals Help Yale Win 3rd Straight

Chad Ziegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Chad Ziegler. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

No. 3 Bulldogs Beat SHU  5-1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The power play was clicking for the nation's top scoring team tonight in its third straight win. The No. 3 Yale men's hockey team tallied three man-advantage goals on the way to a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart before 2,913 at Ingalls Rink.

Chad Ziegler had a career-high two goals while Broc Little and Denny Kearney each had a goal and two assists in Yale's first home game in five contests. Jimmy Martin had the other goal as the Bulldogs (8-1) outshot SHU 44-23.

Ryan Rondeau, the Elis' senior goalie, made 22 saves to earn his seventh win of the year. He stopped all 10 of the Pioneers' shots in the third period and allowed just a power-play tally.

Sacred Heart's Steven Legatto, who made 39 saves, was the reason the game was not a blowout. He had 18 stops in the first with 10 in the second and 11 in the final frame.  

The sophomore SHU goalie did a good job keeping the high-scoring Bulldogs off the board for the first half of the opening frame. He robbed Martin on an 18-foot wrister ticketed for the upper corner, but the Elis soon broke through.

The pucks kept flying toward Legatto during a period dominated (21-4 shots) by aYale. Ken Trentowski's  shot with the advantage bounced off a defender and landed behind the net. Linemate Gus Young slipped behind the net and sent a behind-the-back feed for Ziegler, who one-timed it inside the near post at 10:27.

"I was very pleased with the way we came out," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "We had some offensive zone possession time that created power plays for us and then some goals."

Yale made it 2-0 on an amazing Little move in the slot. Kearney won the puck and made a nice move up top before getting it to Little above the circles. Little moved toward the goal and twisted around before sending a behind-the-back feed to Ziegler for a nifty re-direction tally at 11:39.

"Chad [Ziegler] has been very good. It's great to see him get two goals. I wish we could have gotten him a third," said Allain, who recorded his 80th collegiate win.

Little was the recipient of a great feed that made it 3-0 with four seconds left in the frame. Mike Matczak sent the puck low behind the net to Kearney, who made a tremendous pass to his linemate in the low slot. Little gathered the feed, spun around and sent a low one through the goalie's legs for his team-high eighth goal.

The seventh shot from the Pioneers, which came on the power play, found the net and made it 3-1 at 4:56 of the second. The Elis were killing off the advantage nicely and had not given up a chance when Patrick Knowlton fired a wrister from the high slot that barely squeezed between Rondeau's arm and stomach and then bounced in.

Kearney jumped all over a botched Sacred Heart clearing attempt to give the Blue another three-goal margin. The clearing attempt was thwarted because Kevin Limbert poked the puck loose to his winger heading for the slot. He came down the right side of the slot and unleashed a nasty backhander inside the near post.

"We didn't have enough bullets in our gun tonight," said C.J. Marottolo, the second-year Sacred Heart head coach and former Yale assistant coach. "Yale is poised and skilled. They are crafty around the net, and they made us pay for it."

Martin got revenge for Legatto's great first-period save when the Eli captain sent a nasty wrister top shelf on the power play late in the second that made it 5-1. Miller, behind the goal line, got the primary assist by putting the puck on Martin's stick as the blueliner was heading for the net. It was a fitting night for a team thrilled to be back on its campus.

"It's always nice to get back to the friendly confines of Ingalls. It [4 straight away games] was a grueling road trip, and it's good to be home," said Allain.    

Bulldog Bites:  Freshman defenseman Gus Young was in the lineup for the second time… The Bulldogs have the weekend off and are back in action on Dec. 3 (RPI) and Dec. 5 (Union) at the Whale… Brian O'Neill also had an assist tonight.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director