First-Period Deficit Too Much for Blue
Yale Drops 4-1 Contest to Dartmouth
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There are no easy games in conference play, and tonight was the perfect example of that, and why it takes a 60-minute effort to win every night. Yale gave up three first-period goals and could not recover over the last 40 minutes in a 4-1 ECAC Hockey loss to Dartmouth at Ingalls Rink.
The No. 8 Bulldogs (6-3-2), who were down 3-0 after 10 minutes, recovered enough momentum to end up with a 41-27 advantage in shots on goal. The pucks just didn't bounce their way.
"I thought we weren't smart, we didn't work and that's why we were down 3-0 after the first," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "I don't think anyone in a Yale uniform had a good first period."
Yale, which faces Harvard Saturday night at the Whale before a 20-day break from competition, played again without its top two scorers, Jesse Root and Anthony Day, forwards who combined for nine goals this season before suffering injuries.
Allain was asked about missing the senior captain and a junior and responded, "We had 20 guys dressed who could have won the hockey game and we didn't get it done."
The Bulldogs cut the margin to two early in the third. Kenny Agostino took a pass from Stu Wilson and skated around the net and tried to stuff it short side. Charles Grant (40 saves) made the save and Agostino followed up twice. The second rebound was smacked back between the goalie's legs at 1:22 for his second tally of the year.
The junior forward also blamed the loss on Yale's effort out of the gate.
"It was an embarrassing start in front of our home crowd," said Agostino. "It was our 11th game of the season, so there is no excuse for starting that flat. It was simple as losing puck battles and not giving second and third efforts."
The Bulldogs poured the shots on net the rest of the way, including a 21-7 difference in the period, but couldn't prevent the Big Green from grabbing a second straight win. That onslaught of shots included two good-looking power plays that came close to cutting it to one.
"I thought we had some good looks on the power play and we got some momentum out of it, but we haven't had that many chances," said Allain.
"We dominated the play the entire third, but that's a lesson you can't just show up for the last part of the game, you have to play a full 60 minutes," said Agostino.
The Yale goalies weren't nearly as busy as Grant. Freshman Alex Lyon got the start in net and made eight saves in the first period before classmate Patrick Spano came in to stop all 15 shots over the final 40 minutes.
After Allain pulled Spano with 2:08 left for an extra skater, Wilson hit the pipe with a blazing wrister at 1:36. That was as close as Yale would come to getting another one back. An empty-netter with 42.1 seconds left closed the deal.
"You have to forget this," said Agostino. "You have to have a quick bounce back. We have another tough game tomorrow."
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Stu Wilson image by Don Clark