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Yale bullies Bobcats at Ingalls, 5-1
The Yale Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 ECAC) began to take control of the game in the early minutes of the second period. At 5:01, senior forward Denny Kearney intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and he fired a shot that deflected off Bobcat goalie Dan Clarke’s pad and into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Yale’s point leader Broc Little added another point to his career count of 107. With Quinnipiac junior captain Scott Zurevinski in the penalty box for hooking, the Bulldogs made use of the power play to take the lead. Yale junior forward Chad Ziegler passed across the front of the goal to Little, who rocketed the puck into the top-left corner.
Entering the third period, the Bulldogs pulled further away from the Bobcats. In the first five and a half minutes of play, Yale scored three goals, establishing a four-goal lead.
At 2:18, junior forward Brian O’Neill scored his first goal of the night when senior Chris Cahill sent him the puck. O’Neill found an opening on the right while Clarke protected the left side of the net.
One minute and 15 seconds later, Jeff Anderson scored the second goal of the period after a botched attempt at clearing the puck on the Bobcats’ penalty kill. Anderson picked it up and sent it past Clarke.
Yale tallied its last goal 5:16 into the third when O’Neill scored his second goal.
“Yale’s a great team and they were going to respond and play better,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said.
After the Bulldogs’ last goal, sophomore Eric Hartzell replaced Clarke in net and made seven saves.
“I thought we kind of hung [Clarke] out to dry,” Pecknold said. “I wouldn’t put any blame on him. I just thought I’d give [Hartzell] a little bit of time. [Hartzell] played well against St. Cloud, giving him some exposure to this environment.”
The Bobcats (4-2-1, 0-1-1 ECAC) scored their lone goal at 7:49 of the first period. After Colin Dueck received a penalty for boarding, the Bobcats went on a power play, allowing sophomore forward Jeremy Langlois to score his second goal of the season. Senior defenseman Zach Hansen passed to Langlois, who fired a shot at Bulldog goalie Ryan Rondeau. The shot was blocked, but Langlois picked up the deflection and sent it back in for the power-play goal.
“It’s good to finally start scoring again,” Langlois said. “I went on a little drought there, so, to score is good, but rather have the win.”
The Bobcats had 14 shots in the first period and 16 shots combined in the last 40 minutes of the game. The Bulldogs only had eight shots in the first, but came back with a renewed fervor in the last two periods with 25 shots.
With six freshmen and 12 sophomores, the Bobcats are a young team.
“We’re immature,” Pecknold said, “and we need to learn that even down 3-1, we’re good enough to battle back, but every game for us is like a roller coaster right now. We’ll be better in January and February. We’ll get some maturity.”
The Bobcats travel to New York on Friday to take on Cornell and Colgate.
“We’ve got to play the full 60 [minutes], stay out of the box and just keep working hard,” Langlois said.