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Cornell Takes OT Thriller

Cornell Takes OT Thriller

Young, Day Score; Lyon Makes 26 Saves


NEW HAVEN, Conn. –There was a post-season tournament atmosphere and competitive feel in this classic, tussle of nationally ranked teams at a sold out Ingalls Rink. It was only fitting given the rivalry that has developed between the Blue and Red. The way it ended didn't fit the home team.

Brian Ferlin's overtime tally with 17.1 seconds left gave No. 11 Cornell a 3-2 win over No. 13 Yale in ECAC play.

The goal spoiled a superb effort by Bulldog goalie Alex Lyon, who made 26 saves and turned away many grade-A chances.

Lyon's team outshot the Big Red 40-29 and attempted 16 more shots but couldn't score on three advantages and saw an equally excellent performance in the opposite net.

"I'm extremely disappointed in the results, but I'm proud of the way our guys played," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "In some regards we did things better tonight than we've done all year long. Unfortunately, that doesn't always translate into wins. I'm happy with the way we played the game, all 64 and-a-half minutes."

Yale (10-6-4, 5-5-3), which fell behind early, got the equalizer at 4:47 after Frankie DiChiara picked off a Cornell pass near center ice.  Three Elis touched the puck before Gus Young backhanded a rebound under Andy Iles. Charles Orzetti and Cody Learned had the assists on Young's fifth goal of the year.

Both goalies came up with numerous big stops on quality chances until the Blue broke through with 50 seconds left in the opening frame on another DiChiara steal. This time he got an assist on the scoring play.

The freshman forward picked off a pass outside the Big Red blueline, skated just North of the left circle and sent a perfect lead pass to Anthony Day, who would later leave the game with an injury. The junior winger held for a moment and then fired a rising wrister that evaded the goalie's blocker. Day's fifth of the year capped a period that included Yale's 15-11 lead in shots.  

Round two of this ECAC Hockey heavyweight fight saw the visitors tally the only goal at 5:24. However, the Elis had a 13-6 advantage in shots and attempted 13 more shots.

The Bulldogs had three man advantages, all over the first two periods, and the Red did not get one until there was 4:04 left in regulation. Lyon came up with two huge stops and the home team killed off the penalty. The Blue had some great chances to hit the net over the last minute with a great fore-check and some timely passes, but nothing crossed the line.

Both sides had eight shots on target in the scoreless third. Yale's best chance was a flurry around the Cornell net that resulted in a pileup of players and a few Elis raising their arms because they felt the puck was over the goal line. The officials, who did not signal a goal, reviewed the play and did not change anything after.  

The overtime was frenetic at the very least. Odd-man rushes at both ends, one after the other, with long passes and goalies sprinting all over the defensive zone making plays. Both teams had four shots on net, while Lyon stood on his head a few times.

"He [Lyon] was good and their goalie was good," said Allain. "I thought we created more scoring chances than them, but both goaltenders were on top of their games tonight."

There were numerous, long races to pucks, but the most significant race came at the end of the extra session. Ferlin got a step on a Yale defender and fired a shot from the right circle that went top shelf.


BULLDOG BITES: Kenny Agostino had a game-best 10 shots on target… Gus Young has four goals in his last six games and the Yale defense has two more goals than it had all of last season… A limited number of seats are still available for Saturday's game with Colgate; the Ingalls ticket office opens at 5:30 Saturday.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director


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