January 4, 2013

Blue Outshoots BC in 3-3 Tie

3 Straight Goals in 2nd Period Help Yale Gain Draw

Photo Gallery (Steve Conn) 

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Bulldogs came up with an impressive performance at both ends on a big stage tonight during a 3-3 OT draw skating against the defending national champions. Three different Yale men's hockey players scored goals as the No. 17 Elis erased a deficit against No. 2 Boston College to improve their record to 4-0-2 against nationally ranked teams this season.

The Bulldogs (7-4-3) did accomplish something special in grabbing the tie after being down by a pair of goals in the second period, but they were not happy with the result. Yale dominated the touches and outshot the 12-3-2 Eagles by 26 overall (48-22) before 7,400 fans at Conte Forum.

"That was a great college hockey game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "'We had a lot of great scoring chances, but we are not happy with the result."

Boston College, coming off a loss in the championship game of the Mariucci Classic, figured to be hell bent on blasting its next opponent, especially with its first home game since Dec. 1. Yale senior goalie Jeff Malcolm (19 saves) and the Bulldog defense held the home team to its second lowest shot total of the year.

There were plenty of great scoring chances at both ends of the rink in the opening 20 minutes, though the Elis more than doubled BC's shots on goal. Both goalies came up with big saves, including 16 overall by Parker Milner.

The only breakthrough of the frame was Bill Arnold's put-back from the doorstep at 15:46 that sent the home team into the first intermission with the lead.

BC scored again early in the second to make it 2-0, but the Blue exploded for three straight to grab the lead. Brendan Silk scored his second of the year at 5:31.

Senior defenseman Colin Dueck found an opening from the point with a high wrist shot to cut the lead in half 17 seconds after. "We Showed a lot of resolve getting that first goal quickly after being down 2-0. Our kids are pretty mentally tough," said Allain, who saw five of the game's six goals scored in the middle period.

The Bulldogs, who outshot the Eagles 31-13 through two frames, made it two in a row by the blueliners when freshman Ryan Obuchowski flicked a shot from the high slot past Milner at 11:37 for his first collegiate tally.

"We like to pursue the puck and be good in transition. That's what we tried to do tonight and at times we were effective," said Allain,

Captain Andrew Miller jumped all over a power-play chance to notch his sixth goal of the season at 12:50. He took a feed from Tommy Fallen and snapped off a nasty shot that hit the back of the net from the middle slot.

"[Matt] Killian did a good job of creating space for me and Lags [Antoine Laganiere] had a great screen in front," said Miller. "It was a great team play all around."

The Eagles took advantage of consecutive Yale infractions running into each other and giving the home team a 5-on-3. They quickly cashed it in for the equalizer and only a great Yale penalty-kill prevented BC from taking another lead into the second intermission.

As the second period came to an end, BC's Michael Matheson was called for a major penalty for contact to the head of a Yalie, which gave the Blue a five-minute power play starting the third. The Bulldogs moved the puck well and created good opportunities, with all the Big BC bodies stacked in front of the net, but Milner stopped all five shots that got through to him.

For the third straight period, the Elis pelted rubber at Milner to the tune of 15 (of the 21) shots between the two teams.

A boarding call against Kenny Agostino with 3:39 left in the third nearly led to the decisive goal, but Malcolm made two huge stops and the Blue held on for the extra session, which happened to be the only period BC outshot Yale (3-2).

"We had a slow start but battled back. I thought we outplayed them and had a lot of good opportunities. We just didn't take advantage of them," said Miller. "Nobody is satisfied with the tie."

 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

Image of Jeff Malcolm save by Steve Conn

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