Yale's Unbeaten Streak Ends at Starr Rink

HAMILTON, N.Y.  – The Bulldogs’ string of unbeaten games came to an end at six against a strong opponent with one more victory than the guys from New Haven. Colgate got two goals from Tylor Spink and 35 saves from Spencer Finney in a 4-1 men’s hockey win over No. 7/8 Yale before 1,962 at Starr Rink.

The Raiders (13-9-2, 5-6-1 ECAC) erased a 1-0 deficit with four straight goals to earn a weekend sweep. Two of the four came with the advantage, while the home team blanked the Blue on four chances.

Yale (12-5-3, 8-4-1), coming out of the weekend with two points after the OT victory at Cornell on Friday, had 28 saves from senior goalie Jeff Malcolm.

The Raiders had the first three shots of the game, but the Bulldogs finished the first period with a 12-9 edge and scored the only goal of the frame at the 6:00 mark. Yale, transitioning quickly from defense to offense, got the puck near center ice and put on the burners. Nicholas Weberg carried toward the blueline and fed Andrew Miller, who was coming through the middle and dished to the right circle for Kenny Agostino. The junior forward one-timed the pass past Finney for his 11th of the year.

There were chances to add to the lead in the first period - primarily with two advantages – but the Colgate netminder held on.

The Colgate power play has been very effective recently, and it got the home team the equalizer with 4:12 left in the second. Malcolm made two big stops on one flurry but the third was an easy put-back by Tyler Spink.

Late offensive pressure by the visitors resulted in a three face-offs in the Raider end over the last 20 seconds. The last drop of the puck in the second period came with two ticks on the clock and Malcolm out of the cage for an extra skater. The puck ended up in the back of the net as the buzzer sounded, and referee Scott Whittemore waving his arms to say it did not count. The officials left the ice to look at the video as the intermission promotion began and ruled the goal came too late.

The Raiders took the lead, 2-1, at 4:24 of the third on a wrist shot from the inside of the left circle by Kevin Lough and made it three straight nearly four minutes later with a John Lidgett tally. Spink added a late power-play tally.
Andrew Miller’s assist on the Yale goal was his 12th of the season (103 career), and every one of them have been primary helpers… The Elis return to Ingalls next weekend for an ECAC set with Princeton and Quinnipiac. The game with the Bobcats airs live on CPTV Sports… The Yale lineup was the same as Friday with one exception; Matthew Beattie replaced rookie classmate Charles Orzetti at forward.