March 14, 2009

Pair of Power Play Goals the Difference as #10 Yale Sweeps Bears with 2-0 Game-Two Win

March 14, 2009

Box Score

NEW HAVEN, CT - #10 Yale (22-7-2), the top seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, converted for a pair of power-play goals and held the Bears scoreless on five man-up chances to hand the Brown men's ice hockey team (5-23-5), seeded 12th in the Tournament, a 2-0 loss in game two of the best-of-three ECAC Quarterfinal series on Saturday evening at Ingalls Rink. With the sweep, Yale advances to next weekend's ECAC Championship in Albany, NY, while the Bears, who advanced to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2005, see their season come to a close.

The first period for tonight's game was the complete opposite of last night's opening 20 minutes, in which Brown outshot Yale, 15-4, and held a 1-0 lead after the first frame. Tonight, it was the Bulldogs who completely dominated the flow of the game, racking up 17 shots to Brown's two and taking a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Mark Arcobello in the 13th minute of play.

The goal came on the third straight penalty on the Bears, who saw Yale earn two separate five-on-three chances, including one for 36 seconds and another for 17. Junior Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB), sophomore Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB), and freshman Mike Wolff (Walpole, MA) were outstanding during the first part of the consecutive kills for Brown, as the trio was on the ice for just over 90 seconds, as Yale went from a four-on-three advantage (55 seconds) to a five-on-three advantage (36 seconds). During the two-man advantage, Russell alone blocked two shots, helping to keep the Bulldgos off the board.

Another Brown penalty at 11:57 gave Yale the second two-man advantage. Though the Bulldogs didn't convert on the five-on-three, Arcobello's goal came 28 seconds after one player returned to the ice for the Bears.

Yale opened the second period with 1:54 remaining on its fourth power-play chance of the game and just six seconds into the frame, Brown went to the box again, giving Yale a two-man advantage for 1:48. Just 30 seconds into the two-player advantage and 37 seconds into the period, Sean Backman gave Yale a 2-0 lead when he lifted the puck into a partially open net off a rebound of a shot by Ken Trentowski.

Backman's goal would be the only score of the second period, as both teams took eight shots in the period, with most of Brown's coming in the final five minutes of the frame. Brown's best chance came with about two minutes left before intermission when senior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN) ripped a shot from high in the slot on an odd-man rush. However, Richards was able to deflect it with his glove to keep the Bears off the board through two periods.

The Bulldogs held a 11-9 advantage in shots on goal in the final period, and both goalies stopped the shots that came their way. Richards preserved the shutout with several saves during the final minute of play. Brown had a one-player advantage for the first 45 seconds of the final minute, after pulling freshman Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) in favor of the extra attacker. However another Brown penalty with 15 seconds left negated the advantage and Clemente headed back to the net, stopping one last shot before the final whistle.

Clemente finished with 34 saves, while Richards made 19 saves to record the shutout for the Bulldogs.

BROWN 0 0 0 x - 0
YALE 1 1 0 x - 2

FIRST PERIOD - Y, Arcobello (Kearney, Little), PP, 12:42. Penalties - B, 5-10; Y, 3-9.
SECOND PERIOD - Y, Backman (Trentowski, Kearney), 5x3, 0:37. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 0-0.
THIRD PERIOD - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 3-6; Y, 3-6.

Saves
B, Clemente (59:15), 16-7-11-x -34; Y, Richards (60:00), 2-8-9-x - 19.