Bulldogs Finish ECAC With Bobcats Saturday
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – "I know we are a better hockey team than what you saw tonight," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, after his No. 10/11 Bulldogs fell 5-0 to No. 18 Union in the second ECAC Hockey Semifinal at Boardwalk Hall.
Yale (18-11-3), which saw its win streak come to an end at five, will skate against Quinnipiac Saturday at 4 p.m. in the third-place game, one that could be very important for the Elis' NCAA Tournament resume.
The Dutchmen (20-12-5), the defending conference tournament champs and a 2012 Frozen Four participant, increased their streak to five wins by advancing to Saturday night's championship game against a Brown team that blanked the Bobcats 4-0 in semifinal No. 1.
"If we had five grade-A chances tonight, that would be a lot," said Allain, whose team was only outshot 35-34. "You don't win many games doing that."
Neither team found the net on the advantage, which was one of the few Yale accomplishments tonight.
"I would like to congratulate Union on outstanding hockey game. They were better than us in every facet of the game, and I wish them well tomorrow. We will be better tomorrow," said Allain.
Wayne Simpson and Danielle Carr found the net in a first period in which Union had a 14-11 edge in shots on goal.
Senior goalie Jeff Malcolm had to make a few big saves to keep the Blue from being down by more heading into the first intermission. He swiped two Matt Hatch shots out of the air that were headed for a corner of the net.
Troy Grosenick stopped all 34 shots and all five Bulldog power plays to earn his second win of the year against Yale.
Yale had a 13-8 edge in second-period shots but couldn't convert any of its grade-A chances and gave up two more. Nothing – including the bounces – were going the way of the Elis. One of the pucks that found the net bounced off a player in the low slot and zipped inside the far post.
"We need to be harder to play defensively. We gave up our blueline too easy," said Allain.
Games like this are difficult to explain, even for the team leader.
"We didn't execute our game plan very well, and they [Union] did a good job," said Yale captain Andrew Miller. "They came out a lot stronger than we did. It's hard to play when you are down. It goes that way sometimes."
There is not much time for Yale to get ready for the next challenge.
"We are playing the No 1 team in the country, a team that's 15 minutes from our school. We love playing them," said Miller.
The Bulldogs are now 2-3 all-time in ECAC semifinals, having won the previous two… Yale and Quinnipiac square off tomorrow in the first-ever post-season contest featuring the New Haven County squads. The Bobcats won both regular season meetings… The same Yale skaters from last weekend were in tonight's lineup… The Yale Precision Marching Band made the trip to Atlantic City to support the Bulldogs.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director