Bulldogs Cruise in Exhibition Tune-Up

Photo by DSPics.com
Photo by DSPics.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Denny Kearney and Charles Brockett each had two goals and Broc Little added three assists as the Yale men's hockey team raced past the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 8-0, in an exhibition contest before 2,263 at Ingalls Rink.

The Bulldogs, defending ECAC Hockey champions, outshot the Ridgebacks 48-21 while scoring on four of eight man-advantages a night before the regular-season opener. Six different Elis lit the lamp and two Yale goalies combined for 21 saves.

Freshman Nick Maricic, who split the game with junior Ryan Rondeau, stopped all 12 shots he saw over the first 30 minutes. Rondeau got tested a few times with tough shots in the third before finishing with nine stops.

The Bulldogs jumped all over an early two-man advantage with Kearney hitting the net twice from the same spot at the goal line extended. The junior wing found a rebound a few feet from the right post and tucked it behind Jeff Dawson (40 saves) just 1:41 into the first period. Dawson saw 24 shots in the opening frame.

Kearney had the puck on his stick a minute later and snuck it past the UOIT goalie with the Bulldogs still on the man-advantage.

"This was a good opportunity for us to see the guys in a game-like situation, and we don't get many chances before the season starts," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.  "It was great to see a lot of players chipping in tonight."

The first-period onslaught continued. The Ridgebacks could not clear the puck from their own zone. Mark Arcobello slipped a puck under Dawson at 6:41 to make it 3-0. Brockett converted a great Little feed at 11:08 to bump it to 4-0. Brendan Mason added his name to the scoring list when he converted a nice feed from Chad Ziegler with 2:33 left in the frame.

The Elis did not let up in the second, though it took a while to find the net again. Brockett's second came at 10:30 on a nifty backhander from the low slot. Shortly after, the home team connected a pretty pair of passes that ended up on the stick of newcomer Antoine Laganiere, whose shot from the low slot went inside the left post.

UOIT was countering Yale's speed advantage with overzealous stick play and some hitting after the whistle.  Bulldogs' captain Ryan Donald skated into a minor scuffle to support a teammate who had been driven into the boards from a compromising position. The result was two UOIT game misconducts as well as one for Donald.

Less than a minute after the ejections, Andrew Miller one-timed a Laganiere crossing feed midway through the third to make it 8-0.

"Everyone gets excited about who is in the lineup on the first night," said Allain, when asked how difficult the decision was on the travel squad for the season opener. "Everyone on the roster gets a chance to contribute to the success of this team."