NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Dogs are man’s best friend. But when they bite back, boy do they
bite back. Sit and stay were not
two familiar terms for the Bulldogs who fought through three periods for a
tie. It wasn’t until overtime
ensued that the Minutemen established who was in control of the game.
On Thursday evening, 2-1-2 Yale hosted 7-2 UMass for the
first time since 1997 when the Minutemen defeated Yale 7-4. This game didn’t go much better for the
Elis who lost 4-3 towards the end of overtime.
After posting an early lead with a first period goal, Yale
was able to stave off any retaliation until the next period. At 6:56 of the first, Denny Kearney
scored off a feed from Andrew Miller.
Then in the second, Chase Langeraap fed the puck to Brett Watson who
setup Michael Marcou for the tying goal.
In the same period, but down two men, Yale relinquished
their lead. With Mark Arcobello in
the penalty box for slashing and Broc Little in for hooking, the Bulldogs gave
up a goal at 8:36, just three minutes after the last goal. Minutemen Justin Braun and James Marcou
fed the puck to Casey Wellman for the goal.
Yale led after the first period and UMass led after the
second, but the third proved to be the great equalizer.
On a power play opportunity, Sean Backman tied the
game off a feed from Brian O’Neill and Josh Balch. Hungry for the home win, Yale followed up with a second goal
just over a minute later, at 7:48.
Defensman Tom Dignard fed the puck up the center to Andrew Miller who
crossed it to Broc Little for the goal.
The lead lasted all of two minutes before T.J. Syner was fed
the puck by David Boehm and Rocco Carzo.
His shot tied the game 3-3 with nearly ten minutes left in regulation The minutes ticked away
before the seconds ticked away, and as the buzzer sounded, the game remained
tied at 3-3. A five-minute sudden death
Each team had just one shot on net before the winner was
decided. Freshman goaltender Nick
Maricic was unable to hold back the shot fired at 3:59 which determined the
Minutemen victorious. The
game-winning goal was scored by James Marcou with assists by Wellman and
Although Yale put together a solid and highly
respectable fight, they went home with their tails between their legs, while the
Minutemen marched home proudly in victory. UMass goalie Dan Meyers improved his undefeated record to
2-0 while the team improved their overall to 8-2, while Yale is now at .500 at 2-2-2.
UMass continues their road trip with a game at Vermont next
Tuesday. Meanwhile Yale heads
to Brown for an Ivy League showdown on Saturday.