ATLANTIC CITY – The No. 3 Yale men's ice hockey team used a pair of first period power-play goals to take an early 2-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 6-0 victory over the Big Red in the 2011 ECAC championship game, held this evening at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.Y. Cornell ends the season with a record of 16-15-3, while the Bulldogs improve to 27-6-1.
“Yale was the better team tonight and did a better job of playing with poise and executing offensively,” said head coach Mike Schafer. “We really grinded it out all season to give ourselves chance to win a championship … I'm proud of our program … I'm proud to be a Cornellian.”
Mike Garman played the final 31:23 of the game and finished with 17 saves and allowed just 1 goal after coming on in relief of Andy Iles, who stopped 10 shots and allowed five goals in the loss.
Cornell finished the game 0-for-4 on power-play chances, while the Bulldogs converted 3-of-7 opportunities.
Yale was led by Kevin Limbert's two goals, while Denny Kearney, Jimmy Martin and Brian O'Neill all registered two assists apiece. Bulldog goalie Ryan Rondeau picked up the victory with 22 saves.
Yale got on the board with a power-play goal just over three minutes into the game when Limbert scored from the slot. Kearney and Martin combined to earn the assists. The Bulldogs added a second power-play goal late in the first period when Martin blasted a shot from just inside the blueline that Limbert tipped over Iles right shoulder to send Yale into the first intermission leading, 2-0.
Yale came out firing early in the second period and O'Neill, just moments after hitting a pipe on a one-on-one with Iles, found Antoine Laganiere on the crease to put the Bulldogs up, 3-0. Just over four minutes later, O'Neill struck again, setting up a goal by Chris Cahill, as he passed the puck from behind the net to Cahill, who was camped on the doorstep and beat Iles to the left side of the net.
Colin Dueck registered his first career goal at the 8:37 mark, blasting a shot from dead-center, just inside the blueline to put Yale up, 5-0, and chase Iles from the game.
With time running down in the second period, Jordan Kary was sent off with a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding and the Bulldogs capitalized with a goal at 17:28 when the Big Red turned the puck over behind the net and Kearney found Broc Little in front, and Little beat Garman with a shot that went in just under the crossbar.
Garman made several nice saves throughout the final period but the Big Red could not find the back of the net and Yale took the 6-0 victory.