No. 3 Union Takes 2-0 Decision

Alex Lyon. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Alex Lyon. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Bulldogs Put 49 Shots on Goal in Loss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs threw everything they had at Union goalie Colin Stevens, including 49 shots on goal, the most allowed this season by the No. 3 ranked Dutchmen.  No. 14 Yale gave up early tallies in the first and third period and fell 2-0 to the 2013-14 Cleary Cup Champions before a sellout crowd at Ingalls Rink on the second-to-last night of the regular season.

"We played a pretty good game, we had a lot of chances," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.

The Elis (14-9-5, 9-8-4 ECAC) moved the puck well and won plenty of battles while getting off 90 shots. A little more than half of them ended up on target, but it wasn't enough to prevent Yale from moving to sixth place and losing a chance for a first-round playoff bye.

"It's an exciting game when you get 49 shots on net… we gave them way too many as well," said Allain, whose team closes out the regular season Saturday against Rensselaer before hosting a first-round playoff series next weekend.

Yale had flurries from close range that often bring red lights, but this was a night that the home team did not get a favorable bounce. On a night when the Elis were getting help in the standings from Harvard and Dartmouth against Cornell and Colgate, they just couldn't take advantage.

"You gotta score if you want to win," said Allain.

The performance of Yale freshman goalie Alex Lyon should not be overshadowed by his counterpart. Lyon stopped 34 shots and was acrobatic at times.

The Bulldogs had a one-shot edge in the first period, but Union had the lone tally, just 1:55 into the game.

Putting 20 shots on target in a period against the Dutchmen is quite an accomplishment. Yale did that in the second period against a team that only allows 26 per game, and the Elis came so close to breaking through a few times.

"I thought we played well tonight. I thought our fore-checks were great and we caused a lot of turnovers," said Yale captain Jesse Root.

Stu Wilson, getting one of his team's five or six grade-A chances in the second, made a nifty move through the defense to stand on the edge of the crease with a shot on Stevens. The period finished with Kenny Agostino on the doorstep with a whack at the puck and a shot that bounced off the Union goalie's pads as time expired.

"I thought it was encouraging that we had as many shots as we did. We just have to bear down on our chances," said Root.

 Union added another goal 39 seconds into the third period, but that didn't stop the Bulldogs from continuing to put pressure - and 16 shots in the period - on the visitors.

"You have to give credit to their goalie," said Root, whose team can finish anywhere from fifth to seventh when the dust settles on the regular season tomorrow night. "Hockey is a funny game sometimes. You score sometimes when you shouldn't and the goalie saves some that he shouldn't."

How Saturday's Results Determine Yale's Finish in Standings
  • Seeded 5th with a win and a Clarkson loss.
  • Seeded 6th with a win and a Clarkson win or tie.
  • Seeded 6th with a tie.
  • Seeded 7th with a loss. 

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director