Yale Opens with 2-2 Tie
Weberg, O'Neill Score Against Tigers
HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 9/10 Yale men's hockey team opened up the 2011-12 regular season by skating to a 2-2 OT tie this afternoon against Princeton in the opening contest of the Ivy Shootout at Thompson Arena.
The Bulldogs, who outshot the Tigers 30-28 and suited up three freshmen on defense and four overall, erased a 1-0 deficit and built a 2-1 lead before finishing in their first season-opening draw since the 1962-63 season. Five different Yale players notched their first points of the year for Keith Allain '80, the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.
Junior Jeff Malcolm made 26 saves in his first start since last season's Dec. 29 exhibition game against the Russian Red Stars and his first regular season nod since last November.
After a scoreless opening frame in which Yale outshot Princeton 13-4, Michael Sdao gave the Tigers the lead at 4:16 of the second. All four goals were scored in that period.
The first Yale goal of the year came off the stick of a newcomer, forward Nicholas Weberg, the first Bulldog skater ever from Norway. His tally at 7:32 came with assists from junior defenseman Colin Dueck (Calgary, AB) and freshman blueliner Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ).
The guy who led the Elis in scoring the last two years, senior captain Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) gave his squad a brief lead at 16:25 with his 49th career goal. O'Neill, who had a game-high five shots on target, notched a point for the sixth straight game dating to last March. Junior forward Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich) assisted on that goal.
Princeton struck back just before the second intermission. Rob Kleebaum's tally with 32 seconds left in the middle frame permanently evened things.
Sean Bonar stopped 28 Yale shots in the Princeton net.
Yale takes on Dartmouth Saturday night at 7, while the Tigers skate against Brown at 4 p.m.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Photo of Nicholas Weberg by dspics.com