NEW HAVEN, CT - Special Teams would prove to be the difference in a wild game that saw #5 Yale (10-4-3, 6-2-2) earn a 8-5 victory over the Brown men's hockey team (5-11-1, 3-6-1) on Saturday evening at Ingalls Rink. Yale was 5-8 on the power play, while Brown was 2-3 with the man advantage. Sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) led the Bears with a goal and two assists, while sophomore Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) made 45 saves, two shy of tying his career-high.
The opening frame was a sign of things to come, with three
special teams' goals, as Yale held a 2-1 lead after the first
20:00. The Bulldogs capitalized on both of their power play chances
and the Bears netted a short-handed goal to account for the
scoring. Brown took a 1-0 lead 6:37 into the period, when senior
Jordan Pietrus (Winnipeg, MAN) scored his
team-leading seventh goal of the year. With Brown on a
penalty-kill, sophomore Michael Wolff (Walpole,
MA) flicked the puck up into the air and out of the zone. Pietrus
got behind the Yale defense, collected the puck along the right
wing and skated into the zone uncontested, before beating Jeff
Malcolm with a back-hander from the left side of the crease.
The lead was short-lived, as the Bulldogs converted the man-advantage just 12 seconds later. Jimmy Martin skated the puck from zone to zone and sent a pass through traffic that Jeff Anderson took at the bottom of the left face-off circle and beat Clemente with a hard shot to the far side.
Yale extended its lead to 2-1 at 14:21, scoring on its second power play chance of the period. Broc Little carried the puck around the boards and behind the Brown net, before passing up to Tom Dignard at the right point. Dignard immediately sent the puck back to Little in the corner and he skated over towards the net, perfectly placing his shot over Clemente's left shoulder and inside the near post.
One game removed from scoring his first career power play goal, junior Harry Zolnierczyk (Toronto, ONT) tied the game at 2-2with his second power play goal in as many games at 5:05 of the second. Sophomore Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) carried the puck into the zone after collecting it from sophomore Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) and held it just inside the blueline along the right wing, before passing it up to Zolnierczyk, who was trailing the play. Zolnierczyk skated into the slot and beat Malcolm through the five-hole with a wrist shot from between the two face-off circles.
However, Yale responded exactly two minutes later when Kevin Limbert fired a shot from the inside of the left face-off circle that beat Clemente glove-side for a 3-2 Bulldogs lead. Brendan Mason gave Yale a 4-2 lead with another Bulldogs' power play goal, scored at 13:26. Prior to the goal, Clemente had made seven saves on that particular power play chance, including several from point-blank range.
This time, Brown would respond, as senior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC) converted a power play for the Bears 58 seconds later to bring Bruno to within one. Zolnierczyk raced towards the net with the puck and got a shot off that Malcolm saved. However, the Eli goalie came out of the net and with players from both teams battling for the puck, Timberlake got his stick on it to push it over the line for this third goal of the year.
Marc Arcobello beat Clemente with a hard shot from the center of the blueline with 1:09 remaining in the period, scoring Yale's fourth goal on the man-advantage and giving the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.
However, sophomore Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB), who assisted Brown's first goal of the night, made it a one-goal game before the end of the frame, scoring with 33.8 seconds left before the second intermission. Buvinow started the play with a long pass up to Maclellan in the neutral zone. Maclellan skated into the zone and waited for Malcolm to get set, before lifting a shot that deflected off Malcolm's glove, bounced off his back and into the net.
Brown narrowly missed a chance to tie the game just 15 seconds after killing the sixth Yale power play of the night when Pietrus' shot from the left side had Malcolm beat but hit the near post, as the Bulldogs hung on to the one-goal advantage. Then about a minute later, Chad Ziegler extended Yale's lead to 6-4 when he beat Clemente with a shot from the right side of the crease at 10:02.
The Bears answered again, hanging with Yale on a goal by senior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) at 11:51. With the Bulldogs attempting to clear the zone, freshman Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) kept the puck inside at the right point and chipped it down to Maclellan, who immediately sent the puck towards the net. Volpatti was stationed in front and redirected the puck over Malcolm's shoulder for his sixth of the season.
Brown had to kill two more Yale power play chances in the final seven minutes of play, hindering the Bears' chances at forcing overtime. Sean Backman helped Yale's cause with a fifth power play marker at 16:16, beating Clemente from the left side for a 7-5 lead.
The Bears pulled Clemente in favor of the extra attacker with 1:59 remaining and Little scored an empty net goal with 49 seconds left to account for the 8-5 final. The Bears have now been outscored, 17-10 in their last two games.
Looking to snap a four-game skid, Brown will wrap up a six-game road swing next weekend with a trip to New York's North Country to face St. Lawrence (Friday) and Clarkson (Saturday) in a pair of League games.
YALE 2 3 3 x - 8
First Period - B, Pietrus (Wolff, Maclellan),
SH, 6:37; Y, Anderson (Martin, Mason), PP, 6:49; Y, Little
(Dignard, O'Neill), PP, 14:21. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y,
Second Period - B, Zolnierczyk (Farnham, Buvinow), PP, 5:05; Y, Limbert (Brockett, Donald); Y, Mason (Kearney, Anderson), PP, 13:26; B, Timberlake (Zolnierczyk), PP, 14:24; Arcobello (Backman, Malcolm), PP, 18:51; B, Maclellan (Buvinow), 19:26. Penalties - B, 5-10; Y, 5-10.
Third Period - Y, Ziegler (Miller, Laganiere), 10:02; B, Volpatti (Maclellan, Crowley), 11:51; Y, Backman (Arcobello, Dignard), PP, 16:16; Y, Little, ENG, 19:11. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 0-0.
B, Mike Clemente (58:13) - 14-20-11-x - 45; Y, Jeff Malcolm (59:42) - 9-5-9-x - 23.