Late Rally Falls Short
ITHACA, N.Y. – A very late rally was too little and too late as the Yale men's hockey team, which trailed by four with under five minutes left, fell to No. 13 Cornell 4-2 in ECAC Hockey before a sellout at Lynah Rink.
Once again the Bulldogs (10-13-2, 7-10-1 ECAC) had the edge in shots, 34-25, but hit the net just once on seven man-advantage chances.
Four Big Red shots got past two different Yale netminders; It didn't matter that Cornell (13-6-6, 10-5-3) went scoreless on three power plays.
This was a hard-hitting, emotional game with 17 penalties (11 by the home team) and lots of bruises.
The Bulldogs picked up where they left off last night at Hamilton with tremendous pressure on the home net in the beginning of the game. Once again, it didn't result in a lead. On the first shift of the game, Brian O'Neill had grade-A chances on both sides of the net from close range.
Andy Iles, the Ithaca native who came within five minutes of a perfect night, stopped all 19 shots through two and ended up with 32 for the game.
Malcolm, who made some impressive saves early on, gave up a pair of goals to Sean Collins from the same location, inside the left circle from 15-feet out. Both were average shots that somehow found a hole in what looked like a perfect angle by the Yale goalie.
On the first one, Collins came in and around a defenseman in the left circle and blasted a slap shot that must have slipped between the goalie's stomach and arm at 3:58. The second, on a play that looked off-sides, came at 16:49 on another slap shot without any traffic.
The third Cornell tally (Locke Jillson) came shorthanded from the top of the right circle and forced Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, to make a change in the net. Freshman Connor Wilson made his college regular-season debut and was rudely indoctrinated two minutes later. He stopped one shot before John McCarron deposited a rebound at 7:55.
Wilson made five saves in the second and finished with seven overall because the puck was in the Cornell end almost the entire third.
The Elis continued to put shots on Iles, but none in the right place. The Blue outshot the Big Red 15-2 in the third, hit a pipe and had numerous grade-A chances.
Yale finally broke through with 4:14 left in the third when defenseman Nick Jaskowiak one-timed a Jesse Root (2 assists) feed to avoid being shut out for the first time this year. It was the senior's second goal of the year.
The visitors jumped all over a two-man advantage with under a minute to play. O'Neill's one-timer slap shot off a feed from Tommy Fallen zipped over Iles' shoulder with 50.7 seconds left to cut the margin in half and give the captain his 17th of the season.
"I'm real proud of the way we hung in there tonight. We battled back against some adversity on road," said Allain. "The bottom line is we had to work way too hard for goals, while theirs came much too easily."
BULLDOG BITES: The Elis outshot an opponent for the seventh straight game… There were no changes in the Yale lineup from Friday, just some juggling of the lines… Yale is home next weekend to face Dartmouth and Harvard… Friday's game airs live on NBC Sports Network with Ron Vaccaro '04 providing the call… The annual alumni game is slated for 9 am on Saturday.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director