Yale rallies to down Tigers in overtime

Former Tiger goalie Richard Bachman took part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game.

Yale completed a memorable road trip through Colorado, following up a 2-1 overtime win on Friday over No. 2 Denver with a 6-5 victory in the extra frame at Colorado College on Saturday before an announced crowd of 6,654 fans at Colorado Springs World Arena.

Yale senior Josh Balch scored his first goal of the year, firing a hard shot that went between CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s leg pads with 1:39 remaining in overtime to end it.

“They have been good for us haven’t they?” Yale head coach Kevin Allain said. “Coming back in the third period and winning in overtime is a real testament to our fitness level and the work of our strength and conditioning coach.”

No. 14 Colorado College led unranked Yale 5-4 entering the third period after Tigers freshman Jared Hanson banged home his first goal as a Tiger with 6:23 left in the second. Hanson knocked the puck in before Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm controlled the rebound with his glove, the referees ruled after a video review. The assists went to forwards Jeff Collett and Scott Wamsganz, who picked up his first point this season.

“We have to close out games at home,” said Tigers head coach Scott Owens. “We got a good goal by Jared for a lead going into the third period and couldn’t finish.”

CC took its first lead since Nov 10 (a 6-3 home win over Bemidji State) when Scott Winkler’s power-play slapshot forced its way in between Malcolm’s leg pads to make it 4-3. That lead lasted only 45 seconds before Yale’s Trent Ruffolo scored with 9:07 left.

“The key is when they got ahead we didn’t quit,” Allain said.

The fireworks started early, especially with CC giving up 48 shots on goal, a night after allowing a season-high 49 in a 4-4 tie against No. 3 New Hampshire. Howe took the loss despite making 42 saves. Yale backup Nick Maricic made nine saves in relief of Malcolm, who was pulled after Hanson’s goal.

“He made a couple huge saves,” Allain said. “We wouldn’t have won it without him.”

The biggest came with 18.3 seconds left in regulation when CC captain William Rapuzzi collected a loose puck behind the net and passed in front for a one-timer by Archie Skalbeck. The low shot went off Maricic’s right leg pad and bounced wide of the net.

Yale and Colorado College scored a combined three goals in 39 seconds to knot the nonconference game at 2-2 with 14:48 left in the opening period.

Yale took a 1-0 lead only 57 seconds into the contest when Antoine Laganiere skated across the face of the Tigers net to beat Howe.

CC would answer when a hard shot by senior Rylan Schwartz went off the Yale right post and then bounced back in off the senior forward’s left hip with 15:27 left. The ECAC member Bulldogs attacked quickly off the resulting faceoff, banging in the second rebound to make it 2-1 only 13 seconds later.

The Tiger tied it up 26 ticks later when defenseman Eamonn McDermott’s shot went off the boards and in off the back of Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm’s right skate as he slid over the cover the post with 14:48 left.

Yale took a 3-2 lead when defenseman Tommy Fallen popped free in front after Kenny Agostino, Friday’s hero against No. 2 Denver, fell down along the boards with the puck under him. He righted himself and sent a pass out front to Fallen, who was unmarked while the Tigers looked for the puck.

Yale 6, No. 14 Colorado College 5

Yale                                       3              1              1              1              — 6

Colorado College             2              3              0              0              — 5

First period – 1. Yale, Laganiere (Cooper, Ruffolo) :57; 2. Colorado College, Schwartz (Boivin) 4:33; 3. Yale, Root (Agostino)  4:46; 4. CC, McDermott (Winkler) 5:12; 5. Yale, Fallen (Agostino, Weberg) 11:57. Penalties – CC, Boivin, boarding, 17:05.

Second period – 6. CC, Skalbeck (Rapuzzi, Marciano) 1:20; 7. CC, Winkler (unassisted) 10:08; 8. Yale, Ruffolo (Laganiere) 10:53. 9. CC, Hanson (Collett, Wamsganz) 13:47; Penalties – Yale, Laganiere, checking from behind, 8:13; CC, Marciano, cross-checking, 17:30.

Third period – 10. Yale, Miller (Laganerie, Fallen) 12:02 (PP). Penalties – CC, Stoykewych, interference, :29; Yale, Agostino, hooking, 8:04; CC, Wamsganz, high sticking, 10:14; Yale, Cooper, tripping, 10:14; CC, Krushelnyski, slashing, 11:52; CC, Wamsganz, cross-checking, 14:02; Yale, Agostino, holding the stick, 14:45.

Overtime –11. Yale, Balch (Wilson, Obuchowski), 3:21. Penalties – Yale, O’Gara, cross-checking, 2:16; CC, Rapuzzi, slashing, 2:16.

Power play – Yale 1-5, CC 1-3. Shots on goals – Yale 15-15-15-3 – 48; CC 13-12-5-4 – 34. Saves-minutes – Yale, Malcolm 11-9 – 33:37, Maricic 0-5-4 – 29:44; CC, Howe 12-14-14-2 – 63:21. Referees – Klosowski, Morrison. Linesmen – Staudte, Swiader. Attendance – 6,654.

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10 Responses to Yale rallies to down Tigers in overtime

  1. Adame8t says:

    Joe always appreciate your reporting. Seems like the CC defense and goaltending has been atrocious this year. What’s the story with Lockwood? I’m doubtful he could be any worse than Howe or Thorimbert.

    • The fault does not lie with Howe or Thorimbert. The Tigers need to play much better defense in front of them. They need to hit the ice to block shots and be more aggressive attacking the puck. Opposing forwards have too much room to work with as evident by the 97 shots on goal allowed this past weekend. That cannot happen if CC hopes to win games consistently.

  2. Section105fan says:

    I believe we are beginning to see the true team coming out. This Tiger team is woefully under coached. They will become the Michigan Tech of the NCHC next year if the coaching does not get better and soon. But that is not going to happen thanks to that foolish extension that was signed last year. So we just will continue to root for mediocre team cause that is what we truly have with Scott Owens.

    Hold on tight folks, I don’t see this team winning any of their next 6 games or more.

    • You have good reason to be concerned with North Dakota and Minnesota coming in. Certainly those are deeper offensive teams than Yale, which has a very good top line. It is a little early to push the panic button. Let’s wait to see what the team leadership can do before “fans” start quitting on their team. Remember how bad the defense was for a time during Ryan Lowery’s senior year? Remember how that team went to the NCAAs? It is a long season and much can be improved in the next two months.

      • Section105fan says:

        While I am dissapointed in the play of this current group of young men, I have not given up on them. I, however cannot say the same for the coach. Him I have given up on for a couple of years now. It really makes it hard to renew our season tickets each year knowing that there is a huge amount of talent and potential on the ice each night but there is not a capable coach on the bench to exploit it.

    • Steve says:

      I agree with your evaluation with the NCHC. I’ve said for a long time that if you take out Bemidji, Alaska-Anch, MN State and replace them with Miami OH, and Western Michigan – it’s going to be real ugly the next few years. I don’t see CO Springs as a place with a hockey fan base that will endure years of poor W/L records and unfortunately I see The World Arena will get fairly empty. Gophers and Sioux will fill their stadiums regardless of their teams records, not the Tigers.

  3. Adame8t says:

    Agree that defensively CC has been poor. However, going back to the Clarkson series it seems both Howe and Thorimbert have been inconsistent. Soft goals seem to be a problem. Last nights game winner was embarrassing.

    • I think fatigue could have been a factor there. The goalies can be better but the defense in front of them should take the bigger share of the blame. Remember how great Howe was on Friday? Limit shots and you can see more consistency from Howe and Thorimbert. The fans need to make some noise to support the Tigers when they need it, not wait for the team to do something warranting cheers. The team will work on improving. You can help by supporting your team in good times and bad.

  4. Steve says:

    Agree completely. No goalie is going to face 97 SOG on the weekend and do well. However, I will say the the goalies are having as much trouble in the early the games as well long before they are seeing large numbers of shots and some of the early goals aren’t from great opportunities. I think that players like Civitarese that were defensively and PK minded are really being missed now. They were never the stars of the game, but they were the ones that kept us in the games and gave us a chance.

    Thanks for the great coverage

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