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Antoine Laganiere

Yale Drops 7-4 Game at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. –  Three different players scored two goals as Dartmouth came out on top of a 7-4 men's hockey contest against Yale in the ECAC opener for both schools at Thompson Arena.

The Bulldogs (1-1-1, 0-1-0 ECAC) outshot the Big Green 39-23 but only converted one of four man-advantages and lost for the first time this year.  After getting one more shot on net than Dartmouth in the first, the Blue outshot the Big Green 25-10 over the last 40 minutes.

Antoine Laganiere (IleCadieux, Que.), who leads the Elis with five goals and six points in three games, scored twice and had three points tonight.

Dartmouth (2-0-1, 1-0-0) jumped all over opportunities and found the net on some top-notch shots to get its first victory over the Elis since February of 2008.

"Our guys fought hard to the end, but you are not going to win many games when you give up seven goals," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "Hockey is a team game. When you give up seven goals, everyone is responsible."

A wild, five-goal, 27-shot first period ended with the Big Green up one. Nick Maricic (16 saves), who didn't get much help up front on the three Dartmouth scoring sequences, came up with three big stops near the end of the frame to keep it close.

The home team found the net first after a turnover in the Yale end at 3:27. Yale freshman Stu Wilson (Pittsford, N.Y.) answered 30 seconds later with his first career tally. He raced down the right side of the ice with the puck and then flicked a sneaky backhander off Charles Grant (32 saves) at 3:57 to even things.

Dartmouth scored two more before the seven-minute mark of the first period, including Matt Lindblad's second of the night. The Big Green lead was 3-1 and very close to being more.

The Blue grabbed the momentum at the end of the period by scoring on a rebound with 1:26 left. Kenny Agostino (Flanders, N.J.) fired a shot from the top of the left circle that Grant stopped. The puck bounced to the edge of the low slot where Laganiere could reach. The big forward recorded his fourth of the year by poking it under the goalie's pads to make it 3-2.

The Green added three more in the middle period, which included a shorthanded and a power-play goal.  All three of the goals were sniper shots that whizzed off the pipe or just inside it, which meant Maricic had no chance to make the save.

Laganiere (in photo) got another to cut the lead to 6-3 after his power-play tally. He fired a rising wrister from the mid slot after bouncing up off the ice. Laganiere  got the puck after a draw outside the Dartmouth blueline and a pass from Root, who was near the top of the right circle and had received the puck from Agostino.

The Elis pounded the Dartmouth net for the first half of the third and came very close to getting one until Trent Ruffolo (Coral Springs, Fla.) broke through with his first of the season. Mitch Witek (Downer's Grove, Ill.) fired a shot from the point and Ruffolo, waiting for a rebound, grabbed it, spun and slipped it around Grant midway through the frame to cut the margin to 6-4.

That goal could have begun something special for the Blue because they had been dominating play and keeping the puck in the home end. Instead, Tyler Sikura intercepted a Yale pass on the visitor blueline before firing a low laser inside the far post from the left circle at 13:09 to put it out of reach.

Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

BULLDOG BITES

The combined five goals in the first period were more than the game totals in Yale's first two games… The Elis skate Saturday night at 7 against Harvard at Bright Hockey Center… Freshman Mitch Witek (Downer's Grove, Ill.) got an assist on Yale's second goal but did not get a + for being on the ice (he had gone to the bench)… Yale suited up the same lineup for the third straight game… Yale All Access broadcasts from Ingalls Rink this season will be free,  so look for the action next weekend on yalebulldogs.com.