Nov. 24, 2009
The #11 Yale Bulldogs sprinted out to a four goal lead early in the first period as they defeated the Sacred Heart men's ice hockey team 8-2 Tuesday night at Ingalls Arena. The Pioneers posted goals on Nick Johnson's (Windsor, CT) eighth marker of the season and Evan Mladenoff's (Leawood, KS) third. Freshman Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) entered the game in the first period and made 33 saves for Sacred Heart.
Yale (4-2-2) jumped on the Pioneers early, scoring their first goal just 28 seconds into the game as Brian O'Neill beat starting goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) over the stick side on a sharp angle shot. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on as Mark Arcobello added an unassisted marker 2:44 later that would chase St. Onge from the game. Yale wasted little time scoring on the new SHU golatender Legatto as Brock Little fired a one timer into the net with an assist from Denny Kearney. Yale's quick strike offense lit the lamp again 1:26 later on a goal by Antoine Laganiere after rebounds following two Legatto saves.
Sacred Heart (3-7-2) head coach C.J. Marotollo used a timeout after the Bulldogs fourth goal and his team responded with a goal of their own four minutes later. Johnson notched his eighth goal of the season after creating a turnover and firing a wrist shot into the roof the net. The Bulldogs would send the game into the first intermission with a 5-1 score as they ended the period with a Brian O'Neill power play goal.
The Pioneers used physical play and a strong forecheck to pressure the Bulldogs early in the second period. The SHU effort would pay off 6:29 into the frame on a Yale turnover as Mladenoff slid the puck over the end line on a one timer after a pass from David Berube (Quebec, QC). Sacred Heart would make a critical mistake and allowed Yale another power play chance 23 seconds after the SHU goal. Midway through the man advantage Yale would cap the scoring in the middle period with a power play marker off the stick of Josh Balch.
Sacred Heart and Yale each had a break away opportunity 13 minutes into the final period. Tommy Castonguay (Rimouski, QC) was denied by a pad save by Bulldogs goaltender Jeff Malcolm. On the clearing attempt Yale connected on a homerun pass that gave Little a one-on-one chance that Legatto would stop. Tom Dignard would extend the Yale lead to 7-2 with 1:45 to play in regulation on a slap shot from the slot. The Bulldogs got their eighth goal of the night, third on the power play, with 48 seconds remaining as a Ryan Donald shot from the point deflected off the glove of Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN) and rainbowed over Legatto and into the net.
The Pioneers return to action in 10 days as they travel to West Point, NY for an Atlantic Hockey matchup with the Black Knights of Army.