Bulldogs Explode for 10 In Exhibition Win
Yale Beats Red Stars 10-2 Before Packed House
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team dusted off a 17-day layoff with an offensive explosion in a 10-2 exhibition game victory over the Russian Red Stars before a sellout crowd at Ingalls Rink.
Antoine Laganiere had three goals, Kenny Agostino notched two goals and three assists and Nicholas Weberg chipped in two scores and three points as the No. 14/15 Bulldogs (7-3-2) thrilled the packed house by outshooting the visitors 58-23 and converting three of six advantages.
"We came out with good energy. I thought we made plays offensively and we defended hard right down to the end," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
Laganiere, the senior forward, got two of his three tallies in a four-goal second period that included 22 Yale shots on target. His second goal, probably the game's highlight play, came moments after he left the penalty box. The 6-foot-4 Quebec native scooped up the puck along the boards, made a move on a defenseman and fell to his knees in the middle slot before snapping off a backhander that zipped past Denis Peretiagin (36 saves) at 19:13 of the middle frame.
The Elis had 21 shots in the first and 15 in the third, pelting two different Red Stars goalies with plenty of rubber.
"We did a great job and had a lot of energy. We were focused from the start," said Laganiere. "We got in two good days of practice and were playing our system."
Agostino, who led the Blue with five points, scored his first goal in the first period on a rare, backhanded slap shot in the slot facing away from the net.
The Red Stars, an all-star team from the "junior hockey league" in Russia, came to New Haven after scoring 17 goals in two games in the Northeast, including a 6-2 win at Army on Thursday night.
Senior Jeff Malcolm got the start in the Bulldog net and made three saves in the first before sophomore Connor Wilson (8 saves) took the middle frame. Senior Nick Maricic came on in the third and stopped 10 shots.
This was the third straight Yale win over the Red Stars during the holidays, but this was clearly the largest margin of victory.
"It was the perfect time to play a game like this, coming off the long break. It was an opportunity to get some guys ice time. All those things you want to work on can be done against an opponent in front of a crowd with officials," said Allain, whose Bulldogs now have four straight road contests, including No. 1 Boston College on Jan. 4 at Chestnut Hill.
Note: This game re-airs on CPTV sports on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Click here for details.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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