Yale Outshoots Waterloo But Comes Up Short
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's hockey team, which began practice eight days ago, warmed up for the 2011-12 regular season by hosting the University of Waterloo tonight in an exhibition contest. The Bulldogs had the advantage in shots, 42-32, but came up a goal shy in a 2-1 decision at Ingalls Rink.
The Warriors, winners of five of their six games this season, got a pair of goals from forward Chris Ray to take the first of a two-game swing through ECAC Hockey. Ray tallied at 13:30 of the first to even things at 1-1 and then slipped a low wrister past Connor Wilson (7 saves) at 7:32 of the third for the game winner.
Waterloo, which did not allow a shot on net after the Elis pulled their goalie for the last 74 seconds, plays at Brown on Sunday.
The Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead in the first period when junior forward Antoine Laganiere converted a feed from sophomore Clinton Bourbonais. Laganiere, with a man-advantage, held the puck for a moment before firing a low wrister stick side on Keaton Hartigan (41 saves).
Yale, ranked No. 9 in both Division I polls this week, suited up all but two players on its roster and experimented with a variety of line combinations.
Junior Jeff Malcolm got the start in net for Yale and stopped seven of eight shots in the first frame. Classmate Nick Maricic had the most action by stopping all 16 shots in the second period before Wilson, the newcomer, took over in the third. The three Bulldog netminders combined to blank the Warriors on five power plays.
"I think we learned a lot tonight," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "This sends a good message to our guys. You need a certain intensity level to compete in our league, and it's hard to simulate that in practice."
The Elis open the regular season in the Ivy Shootout next Friday afternoon at Hanover, N.H. Yale plays Princeton at 4:00 and then skates against Dartmouth Saturday at 7 p.m.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director