Root, Doherty Lead Bulldogs to Win

Jesse Root
Jesse Root

No. 9 Bulldogs Beat Colgate 5-2

HAMILTON, N.Y.Jesse Root has always been a leader on the Yale men's hockey team, but he hasn't always been the scoring leader. The senior captain continued his hot hand for the No. 9 Bulldogs by scoring his team-high fifth and sixth goals of the season in a 5-2 ECAC Hockey win over Colgate.

Root, who has 27 career goals, tallied on a power play in the first period and found an empty net with 57 seconds left as the Blue (5-1-2, 3-0-2 ECAC) ran its unbeaten streak to seven games.

"There was great puck movement all around," said Root about his early tally. "Everyone touched it before the goal. [Mike] Doherty crashed the net and the puck went right to me. I reached around to the right and backhanded."

"This was a workman-like key win for our team," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "We were effective on the power play and our defense in the neutral zone created a great transitional opportunity for our team."

The Bulldogs outshot the Raiders 37-20 overall and 19-4 in the opening frame while jumping out to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Colgate (6-7-1, 4-3-0) cut the margin in half early in the second, but that was the closest it would get to the visitors, who were led in goal by Alex Lyon and his 18 saves.

"Alex did a good job in goal. They have a dynamic offensive hockey team and he stood tall," said Allain.

Yale, which skates at Cornell on Saturday night before coming home for a Nov. 30 date with Merrimack, also had goals from sophomore Carson Cooper and freshmen Mike Doherty (3 points) and Chris Izmirlian. Senior forward Kenny Agostino added a pair of assists.

 "This was one of the best team games we've played all year. Our forecheck and back pressure were outstanding. We got the puck out of the zone when we needed to, and that really made a difference," said Root.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director