NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs produced plenty of quality chances, but could not break through with the offensive pressure that produced a 37-28 advantage in shots. The result for the Yale hockey team was a 4-1 loss to Colgate in the conference home opener at Ingalls Rink.
“We didn’t generate enough [chances] 5-on-5, and we didn’t deserve to win,” said Keith Allain ’80, Yale’s Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. “The work ethic wasn’t there, certainly not enough to win a game in this conference.”
The Raiders broke open a 1-1 game with three unanswered against the No. 19 Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2 ECAC), which had 13 of its 37 shots on the power play.
“We had a ton of grade A chances,” said John Hayden, who assisted on the Yale goal. “We have to bear down and bury those.”
The Elis had a 9-8 edge in shots over the first 20 minutes, and one of those tied the score at 1-1 midway through the frame. Colgate had the puck deep in the Yale end and tried to make a play in the left circle. The puck popped out to Hayden and the senior forward headed up ice before sending a neutral-zone, crossing pass to Snively, who was off the races. Last year’s conference rookie of the year skated in alone before flicking a wrister five-hole on Charlie Finn (36 saves).
Both goalies saw 13 shots in the middle period. An even-strength tip-in and a 4-on-3 one-timer from the edge of the crease put the visitors up two. It nearly went to three, but senior goalie Patrick Spano made a tough, shorthanded stop with 7:14 left to keep the Blue within striking distance. The Elis came close many times in the second, including Hayden’s shot off the pipe, one of three on target in the period for the Yale captain.
The home team had numerous opportunities to cut into the margin but Finn got a piece of every shot that was on target. The best chance may have been an advantage midway through the third. The Blue fired seven shots, four of which were on target.
“It comes down to execution, and certain times of a game require attention to detail,” said Hayden. “We have to play for 60 minutes.”
The Bulldogs are back at the Whale Saturday night at 7 to host Cornell,
There were 22 face-offs in the first period… Colgate’s new hockey home, the Class of 1965 Arena, opened this season. The Bulldogs get their first look at it on Feb. 11… Former Yale forward Nicholas Weberg’s brother, Sebastian, a junior, played left wing for Colgate tonight and scored the game’s fourth goal.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org