Fallen, Miller Score Goals in Loss
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Four different players scored goals and Troy Grosenick stopped 37 of 39 shots as Union beat No. 9/10 Yale 4-2 at the Achilles Center.
The Blue (13-8-3, 9-7-1 ECAC) had an early lead but surrendered three straight and could not rally in the third. Senior Nick Maricic, making his third straight start in the Yale net, had 21 saves over the first 31 minutes before being pulled.
Grosenick allowed a pair of Yale power-play goals, but seemed to be killing off penalties all night with eight chances overall.
Union, 1-for-5 on the advantage, moved into fourth place, just a point behind Yale and RPI (19 points), which square off Saturday night at Houston Field House in Troy. None of the three have a shot at a regular season championship because Quinnipiac clinched first place despite falling to St. Lawrence, 2-1, at Hamden.
Antoine Laganiere did not get a point on the game's first goal, with 2:24 left in the first, but Yale's senior forward deserved an assist. His burst down the right side caused a Dutchmen defender to hold him on the way to the net and draw a penalty that led to Yale taking a 1-0 lead into intermission. The Bulldogs saved a few clearing attempts on the third of four advantages in the opening frame, and blueliner Tommy Fallen got the biggest one. He picked off a Matt Hatch clear near the top of the left circle and then fired a wrister into the upper right corner of the net for his fifth of the season.
The defending ECAC champions and 2012 Frozen Four participant came back with a pair of goals in the second to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
While killing off a penalty, Union forward Max Novak's backhander went short side at 8:25. A little more than four minutes later, Hatch sent a shot from behind the goal line extended that bounced off something and zipped in the net on the near side.
The Bulldogs, playing without injured starting goalie Jeff Malcolm for the third straight game, decided to make a change in net shortly after, and sophomore Connor Wilson (17 saves) got a warm-up in the form of immediate shots and a two-man Union advantage. Yale's first North Carolinian hockey player was tested right away and made three huge saves down two skaters including an acrobatic move as the last seconds of the frame evaporated off the clock.
Wayne Simpson took advantage of what was left on the 5-on-3 in the third period by jumping all over a juicy rebound in the left circle and hitting an open side of the net just 31 seconds in to make it 3-1. Daniel Carr put the finishing touches on the win by adding a tally off a faceoff midway through the period.
The Elis cut the lead in half with 8:51 left and four visitors whacking away at a loose puck around the crease on a power play. Andrew Miller was the last to get his stick on the puck and send it under Grosenick for his 11th goal of the year.
There were more chances to cut into the lead as Union continued to take penalties down the stretch, but they were bailed out by the 2011-12 Hobey Baker finalist between the pipes and an excellent penalty-kill. The visitors pulled Wilson with 1:10 left for the extra skater and already on a power play, but Grosenick turned aside two or three quality shots.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director