Yale Wins Special Teams Battle Over Bears

NEW HAVEN, CT – #13 Yale (6-2-1, 3-2-0) won the special teams battle, scoring four times on six power play chances and limiting the Bears to just one goal on four opportunities to earn a 4-3 win over the Brown men's hockey team (3-5-2, 0-3-2) in an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest Saturday evening at Ingalls Rink.

Trailing, 3-1, nearing the middle of the second period, Yale scored three straight power play goals, including two in the final 2:29 of the frame, to come back for a 4-3 win over the Bears. Antoine Laganiere led the charge, scoring twice and contributing an assist.

"That was a deflating loss," said head coach Brendan Whittet. "We had them. We were playing well and we just gave them that game."

Brown had three different scorers in the game, including junior Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) and sophomore Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA), who both tallied their first goals of the year.

The Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead just past the midway point of the first period on Robertson's first goal of the season. Junior Mike Juola (Lake Forest, CA) started the play when he carried the puck into the zone on the left wing and sent it behind the net to senior Jeff Ryan (Media, PA). Ryan won the battle at the boards and passed back to Juola in the corner, who sent the puck up to Robertson at the left point. Robertson fired a blast through traffic in front, beating Nick Maricic at 10:22.

Less than four minutes later at, exactly 14:00, senior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) doubled the Bears' lead with his second of the season. Sophomore Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) carried the puck up the middle of the ice and attempted to leave it for junior Matt Wahl (Wellington, FL), trailing the play. Nick Lappin (Geneva, IL) raced to the blueline to keep the puck in the zone and pushed it ahead for Wahl. Wahl skated it down the left side, before dishing to Zaires with a backhand pass. Zaires made one move around Maricic and tucked the puck into the far side of the net from the left side.

The Bulldogs got one back with 2:36 left in the period when Antoine Laganiere beat junior Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy) with Yale on its second power play of the night. Gus Young started the play, attempting to beat De Filippo on two separate wrap-around attempts from each side of the net. On the second try, the puck bounced out to Laganiere in the slot and his lifted it over De Filippo's glove, as Brown headed into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.

The Bears looked to extend their lead three minutes into the second period when Ryan raced in on a partial breakaway. However, he was slashed on the play and was unable to take a clean shot, which resulted in Brown going up on its second man-advantage of the evening.

Harlow capitalized on the ensuing power play to give Brown a 3-1 lead at the 4:47 mark of the frame. Lamacchia made a great play to keep the puck in the zone at the right point and fed sophomore Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario) in the slot. Lorito skated from right to left across the slot, moving around his defenseman, before finding Harlow backdoor for the tip-in.

Yale brought the score to 3-2 at 7:53 of the frame when Kenny Agostino fired a slap shot from the right half wall with the Bulldogs on their third power play, beating De Filippo glove-side high.

With 2:52 left in the second period, Yale went up on a two-man advantage and just 23 seconds later, Andrew Miller tied the score at 3-3 with the Bulldogs' third power play goal of the game, beating De Filippo glove-side low with a wrist-shot from the slot. Laganiere gave Yale its first lead of the evening, 34 seconds later, beating De Filippo from the slot, as the Bulldogs improved to 4-6 on the man-advantage for the night.

With the score still, 4-3, in favor of Yale, and time winding down, the Bears missed a golden opportunity to score the tying goal with Zaires and Lamacchia both taking shots in rapid succession at a partially open net, only to be stymied by Malcolm and the Yale defense.

With under 1:15 to play, Brown could not get an offensive possession set up to pull De Filippo and with 1:01 remaining, Robertson took another penalty to put Yale on its seventh power play of the game.

The Bears won the defensive zone faceoff and pulled De Filippo in favor of the extra attacker with 52 seconds left to even things up at five-on-five.  However, Yale was able to hold on for the come-from-behind win.

Brown will close out the first half of the schedule next weekend with a home ECAC Hockey series against Union and RPI. Friday night's contest against the Dutchmen is at 7:00 pm., while Saturday's game against the Engineers is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.