NEW HAVEN, CT – With the Brown men's hockey team (3-6-1, 2-3-0) holding a 3-2 lead after two periods of play, #14 Yale (6-3-1, 4-1-0) exploded for three goals in the final 10 minutes of play to earn a 5-3 victory over the Bears on Thursday evening at Ingalls Rink.
The Bears grabbed a quick 1-0 lead, scoring just 43 seconds into the game after an icing call against the Bulldogs set up an offensive zone faceoff for Brown. With the faceoff to the left of Yale's Jeff Malcolm, junior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) won the draw directly back to freshman Kyle Quick (Buffalo, NY) at the right point. Quick looked to pass across to senior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) at the left side, but shot instead, beating Malcolm with a low shot to the far post. The goal snapped a scoreless drought of over 155 minutes, dating back to a goal by senior Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) midway through the second period at Army on November 19th.
With Brown on second power play of the game midway through the second period, senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) scored a highlight-reel worthy goal at 10:37 to give Brown a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Dennis Robertson (Fort St. John, BC) collected the puck at the left point and sent it down to freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) in the corner. Jacobsen sent it back up to Maclellan at the near faceoff circle. Maclellan skated through the Yale defense to the bottom of the circle, and roofed the puck over Malcolm's right shoulder, knocking the water bottle up into the air.
The Bulldogs went up on their first power play at 13:38 of the first and just 32 seconds later, Brian O'Neill scored on a blast from the left point that beat senior Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) to the far side.
The teams traded opportunities in the early going of the second period and Clemente made a big save on an attempt by Antoine Laganiere just 3:30 into the second. With Laganiere on a breakaway after beating Quick into the zone, Laganiere came in from the left and deked Clemente, but Clemente made a kick save to help the Bears hold onto the 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 8:54 of the second when Laganiere capitalized on Yale's second power play of the game, knocking in the rebound of a Clinton Bourbonais shot just eight seconds into the man-advantage.
Junior Francis Drolet (Lachine, QUE) nearly regained the lead for Brown with eight minutes left in the second, but his follow up of a shot by sophomore Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, ME) was saved by Malcolm. Less than a minute later, Malcolm stoned freshman Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, ONT) with the Bears on a two-on-one.
The Bears regained the lead with 2:07 remaining in the second period, as another freshman, Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, MA), got his first career goal. Stationed at the top of the crease, Harlow deflected a shot by Quick over Malcolm. Sophomore Mark Hourihan (Lynnfield, MA), a linemate of Harlow's at Noble & Greenough, also assisted the goal, earning his first point of the season.
The teams went back-and-forth early in the third period with Brown looking to maintain its lead and Yale looking for the equalizer. The Bulldogs tied the game with 9:32 left to play when Colin Dueck beat Clemente through a screen from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. Yale grabbed its first lead of the evening just 3:10 later when Andrew Miller connected on a feed from Jesse Root for his second goal of the year.
Brown had its chances following the goal, but the bounces fell Yale's way, as the Bulldogs were able to hold onto the 4-3 lead and then a defensive zone turnover by the Bears with 1:54 left led to O'Neill's second of the game and a 5-3 lead.
Head coach Brendan Whittet pulled Clemente in favor of the extra attacker with 1:47 left to play, but Brown could get no closer, dropping its third straight game. For the game, Yale edged Brown in shots, 39-37, as both Clemente and Malcolm finished with 34 saves.
Brown and Yale will close out their regular season series with the second half of the home-and-home Saturday evening at Meehan Auditorium. The game, which is the final of the semester for the Bears and begins at 7:00, will be played as part of Meehan's 50th Anniversary Celebration.
BROWN 2 1 0 x - 3
YALE 1 1 3 x - 5
First period – B, Quick (Zaires), 0:43; B, Maclellan (Jacobson, Robertson), PP, 10:37; Y, O'Neill (Fallen, Peel), PP, 14:10. Penalties – B, 1-2; Y, 3-6.
Second period – Y, Laganiere (Bourbonais, Killian), PP, 8:54; B, Harlow (Quick, Hourihan), 17:53. Penalties – B, 3-6; Y, 0-0.
Third Period – Y, Dueck (Brockett, Limbert), 10:28; Y, Miller (Root, O'Neill), 13:38; Y, O'Neill (Miller, Root), 18:06. Penalties – B, 0-0; Y, 0-0.
B, Mike Clemente (58:23), 10-10-14-x – 34; Y, Jeff Malcolm (60:00), 10-11-13-x – 34.
Pictured: Kyle Quick '15 had a goal and an assist at Yale. Photo by DSPics.net.