Yale's Quick Strikes Finish Harvard
4 Game 3s in ECAC, Atlantic on Sunday
CHN Staff Report
Yale scored a pair of goals 38 seconds apart in the third period to overtake Harvard, 2-1, and earn a sweep of the best-of-3 series.
Yale trailed most of the game, but got the equalizer during a delayed penalty call at 10:31 of the third period, from Stu Wilson.
Under current NCAA rules, the team still gets a power play despite scoring on the delayed penalty, and Yale took advantage, getting the go-ahead goal from Kenny Agostino.
From there, freshman goalie Alex Lyon took over. Lyon made a big glove save on Harvard's Jimmy Vesey with 3:30 left, and eight seconds later knocked away two more shots on a flurry in front of the cage. He finished things with a diving save on Sean Malone with 25 seconds left and Harvard with six skaters.
If Clarkson defeats Princeton on Sunday, Yale will face in-state rival Quinnipiac in next week's quarterfinals. If Princeton wins, Yale will play at Cornell.
Elsewhere in the ECAC
Clarkson rebounded from an overtime loss to shut out Princeton, 4-0, and force a Game 3 on Sunday. James de Haas scored twice, and Steve Perry made 24 saves in the shutout win.
Eric Neiley scored his second goal of the game, coming with 6:14 left in regulation, to give Dartmouth a 3-2 win over Rensselaer and force a Game 3.
One night after his overtime winner, freshman Eric Sweetman put up just his third goal of the season to open the scoring in the second period Saturday. That propelled St. Lawrence to a 3-2 win over Brown and a sweep of the series.
In Atlantic Hockey
Canisius shut out Sacred Heart for the second straight night, 5-0, to win the best-of-3 first-round series. Canisius needs to wait for the results of Sunday's games to determine its opponent for the Atlantic quarterfinals.
Junior Cody Freeman netted the first postseason hat trick in the program’s Division I history and Tony Capobianco stopped all 31 shots he saw.
“It took a total team effort tonight,” Canisius head coach Dave Smith said. “It started with Tony Capobianco in goal and the defense set the tone with strong net-front play. Every goal is huge when it comes to the postseason but Cody Freeman’s shorthanded tally in the second really turned things in our favor tonight.”
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Niagara only needed regulation in this game, one night after a double OT win, eliminating American International, 4-2.
The Purple Eagles received goals from four different players en route to the victory. Ryan Rashid had a two-point game off a goal and an assist, pushing the senior captain to 21 points and making him the first Purple Eagle to net four consecutive 20-point seasons since Chris Moran (2006-10).
Niagara goaltender Jackson Teichroeb made his seventh consecutive start, pushing aside 29 AIC looks on net to grab his seventh victory of the year.
“AIC was playing to keep its season going so it’s hard at any level to end someone’s year, which is what we were trying to do,” Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. “They are a very good team offensively which we knew coming in and they threw everything at us in the third. Thankfully Teichroeb came up big for us and we were able to fight through it.”
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Army, which finished last in the Atlantic Hockey regular season, extended Robert Morris to a third game with a 4-2 win, in a game that saw the two teams combine for 64 penalty minutes.
Brian Schultz scored twice for Army, offsetting a pair of goals from RMU's Scott Jacklin.
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Shayne Stockton scored twice as Holy Cross staved off elimination with a 5-1 win over RIT. Game 3 is at Holy Cross on Sunday.
In Hockey East
Maine defeated Merrimack, 2-0, to advance to the quarterfinals, where it will face Providence.
Meanwhile, Merrimack's season came to an end.
"We finished how we started, although our power play was better in our 33rd game than in our first," Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said. "But it came down to a backhand deflected goal.
"We had to coax our guys to take more shots all year. It's as if the only ones we want to take are Grade-A shots. The way teams defend, any time you get a chance to take a shot on net, you need to."