Union Takes 5-3 Decision

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Kenny Agostino. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Doherty, Agostino, Beattie Find Net in Loss

Schenectady, N.Y. – Two points from a difficult weekend set in the Capital District is productive, but the No 13 Yale men's hockey team was looking for more. That would have taken an outstanding 60 minutes  against first place and No. 4 ranked Union. The Bulldogs had a 2-1 lead but surrendered four straight on the way to a 5-3 loss before a sellout crowd at Achilles Center.

Yale (12-7-4, 7-6-3 ECAC) got goals from three different players but was outshot 37-27 and limited on second chances. The Elis had just one power play on a night with just six penalty minutes combined. Neither team scored with the advantage.

Mike Doherty ended the game last night at RPI with an OT goal, tonight he got the Blue started to even the score at 1-1 in the first period.

Stu Wilson grabbed a puck deep in his own corner and sent it along the boards for Frankie DiChiara, who had to make a nifty move to avoid a fore-checking forward at the Yale blueline. DiChiara zipped up ice and then sent it over to Doherty on the left wing. The freshman winger, looking for his sixth of the season, entered the left circle and let loose a wrister inside the far post past the glove of Colin Stevens at 6:19.

Union (19-6-3, 13-3-0), which had grabbed the lead 83 seconds in, doubled up Yale in shots on target and had a great chance to move ahead with an advantage late in the first period. However, the Eli penalty-kill came up big, allowing just two shots, and soon after got an advantage of their own with 19 seconds left.

The visitors nearly put a huge gust of wind into their sail as time ran out in the frame. Kenny Agostino carried into the Union end with an odd-man rush and Jesse Root on his wing. Agostino got the puck to his linemate at the last moment and Root one-timed it toward the open right side of the cage. That's when Stevens came diving out to glove it as the buzzer sounded.

The Bulldogs still made it two straight by scoring in the second on a great move by Agostino, who received the puck outside the Union blueline, skated from the boards into the upper left slot before sending a wrister stick side to make it 2-1 at 2:15. The senior forward, who took a pass from Root, was falling as he released the shot with defenders on both sides of him.

Both goals in the middle frame came before the 4:00 mark, as the Dutchmen squared things with a backhander on a rebound.

Yale had three excellent opportunities to grab the lead again before the second intermission, but Stevens came up big on two (Root, Wilson) and the other (Agostino) got pipe.  

Union, 9-1-1 against ranked teams this year and sixth in Division I in scoring, got two goals in the first half of the third period and another with under five left.

Yale freshman goalie Alex Lyon, who had 32 saves, made some fantastic stops on some long flurries around the cage throughout the contest, but the Dutchmen offensive pressure was relentless. It also didn't help that the Elis got caught on a number of odd-man rushes.

"I thought we started off well in the third period," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "I thought we carried the play for the first couple of minutes. But our guys started to cheat before they needed to."

Bulldog sophomore forward Matthew Beattie (3rd goal) hit the net to cut the lead to two with under a minute remaining, but it was too late for a comeback.

 

BULLDOG BITES

Yale remains in 6th place in the conference, three points behind fifth-place Clarkson and two points ahead of RPI… Kenny Agostino has a team-high 11 goals… Six different Bulldogs had assists… Gus Young played in his 100th game tonight… Mike Doherty had two goals this weekend… Yale suited up the same lineup as last night… The Elis take on Quinnipiac on Friday night at the Whale in a game that airs on CPTV and on the Ivy Digital Network.

 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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