Courtesy: Yale Sports Publicity
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- A great goalie can win huge rivalry games against high-ranked teams with highly rated offenses. All-American Alex Lyon stopped all 19 shots in the third period, including five on a three-minute power play, and finished with 25 as his No. 11 Yale hockey team registered a 2-1 win over No. 7 Harvard before a jam-packed Ingalls Rink in ECAC Hockey play.
Lyon, who made just six saves over the first 40 minutes because his teammates formed a protective shield around the Yale net, wasn’t the only reason his team improved to 14-5-4 and 9-4-3 in ECAC play. John Hayden and Cody Learned scored goals and the Bulldog special teams came up with two huge kills as the Blue moved into a second-place tie with the Crimson at 21 points.
The weekend sweep (5-1 win over Dartmouth) – even more impressive knowing they did it with just 17 healthy skaters – moved the Elis into the No. 9 slot in the Pairwise Rankings.
“It was another epic college hockey game,” said Keith Allain ’80, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. “Both teams were playing their ‘A’ games.”
Harvard (13-6-3, 9-4-3), which entered the game No. 6 in Division I offense but had trouble getting shots through Yale sticks and bodies which accounted for 16 blocked attempts, had a 26-22 edge in shots.