HAMILTON, N.Y. – Conference weekend sweeps are tough to come by, and they are even more difficult when playing on the road. The Yale men’s hockey team earned four points with an ECAC Hockey sweep in Northern New York by beating Colgate 6-4 at Starr Rink.
Kenny Agostino had two goals and an assist, Antoine Laganiere and Andrew Miller each had a goal and two points and Jesse Root notched a pair of helpers as the no. 5 ranked Bulldogs improved to 7-1 overall, 4-0 in conference play.
The Elis had a slight (34-33) advantage in shots, but got 29 saves and some big plays from senior Ryan Rondeau, who has all but one of Yale’s wins this season. He needed 14 of those stops in the final period to keep the Raiders (2-7-1, 0-5-1) from getting their first conference victory.
“It was a good road win. We faced a little adversity in getting behind early but fought through it and got the win,” said Keith Allain ’80, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.
Colgate, which dominated on the dots with a 46-28 advantage on faceoffs, got 28 saves from Eric Mihalik, making his second start of the year.
The Bulldogs outshot the Raiders 21-8 over the first 20 minutes but had to overcome an early deficit.
Brian Day’s power-play rebound tally just 59 seconds in gave the home team an early lead it needed after falling to Brown last night.
The Blue got plenty of power-play time to get its own offense going. The Elis followed with two on the advantage and three overall in just 77 seconds.
Miller, who had the best move of the game, skated around a defender with a nifty inside and then outside move. He went in alone on Mihalik, deked right and went left with a backhander on the ice to even the score.
Anderson notched Yale’s second power-play goal at 7:36 by banging back a rebound through the Raider goalie’s legs.
Agostino, a freshman forward, recorded his first collegiate goal to close out the frame’s scoring. He took a feed from classmate Jesse Root and fired an off-angle shot that may have hit someone in front before slipping past Mihalik 14 seconds after Anderson’s goal.
The Raiders came out flying in the second period and got two quick ones 1:56 apart to even the score at 3-3. Robbie Bourdon hit the net at 1:47. The equalizer came off a Corbin McPherson blast from the point that went through traffic and may have hit someone in the process.
The momentum shift was obvious and Rondeau needed a few saves to keep it even before his teammates notched three straight 5-on-5 tallies.
Yale grabbed the lead back when Agostino got his second at 13:04. Laganiere created space and put a shot on net that bounced off the goalie and came out to the low slot. Agostino raced in ahead of a defender and smacked it back into the net.
Those two Bulldogs were back at it again, and Agostino returned the favor almost three minutes later. He sent a perfect crossing pass to the sophomore, who flicked shot from the low slot over Mihalik and under the crossbar.
“I was really impressed with the line of Laganiere, Root and Agostino. I thought they had a good game last night and an even better one tonight,” said Allain.
The visitors increased the margin to three 1:41 later. Kevin Limbert stole a breakout pass and quickly found an open Little in the right circle. The crossing pass was one-timed into an open right side of the cage for his team-high seventh goal.
The first nine shots (and 15 of the 17 in the period) on goal in the third period came off Colgate sticks. Mike McCann one-timed a behind-the-net backhanded feed at 7:19 for the game’s final score before the Yale goalie decided to shut the Raiders off.
The Bulldogs are next in action 7 p.m. on Tuesday at home against Sacred Heart.