November 5, 2009

Yale starts with a bang

by Alan Ginsberg

Yale scored twice in a 40-second span in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit, en route to taking the first matchup of ECAC Hockey titans this season, 5-2 over Princeton at Baker Rink Saturday night.

The Bulldogs are now ranked No. 7. With the loss — which came in a non-league contest — the Tigers fell from No. 9 to No. 11.

Yale junior forward Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.), who led the nation in shorthanded goals last season, tallied the winner with teammate junior forward Brendan Mason in the box for boarding at 5:22 of the third, beating Princeton goaltender Zane Kalemba, the reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Year.

Little joined sophomore forward Kevin Limbert, sophomore defenseman Kevin Peel, freshman forward Andrew Miller and senior forward Sean Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.) in finding the back of the net, as five different players tallied for Yale.

Little also assisted on Limbert’s goal just 69 seconds into the game along with junior forward Denny Kearney (Hanover, N.H.), who also chipped in on Peel’s equalizer and Little’s winner. Sophomore forward Brian O’Neill dished out a pair of helpers, as well.

Princeton scored both of its goals on the power play, with junior forward Mike Kramer and senior forward Kevin Kaiser (Pelham, N.H.) tallying.

NEHJ Player of the Week

Alex Killorn, soph., Harvard
The forward scored the Crimson’s first two goals and assisted on its third as Harvard overcame a 1-0 deficit to kick off the ECAC Hockey conference slate with a 3-1 victory over Dartmouth Friday night at Thompson Arena.
Killorn was plus-2 on the night, with his second goal coming on the power play.

Looking Ahead
Harvard at Cornell, Saturday

The Crimson travel to Ithaca to take on the Big Red some 100 years after the teams first met. The game will be the 131st in the rivalry, which Harvard has had the better of recently, winning six of eight meetings dating back to the 2006 ECAC Hockey championship game.
Last year, Cornell took a 2-1 victory in Ithaca while the Crimson won 4-2 at home.

Around ECAC Hockey

Sophomore goaltender Mike Clemente made 31 saves in the Bears’ season-opening 1-0 overtime loss to the Tigers Friday afternoon to earn a spot on the ECAC Hockey Honor Roll.
The Golden Knights have not trailed at the first intermission in their seven games this season, but have been outscored 12-3 in the second period.
The Raiders’ 4-2 victory over Niagara Saturday night was their first win by more than one goal since they won 3-1 at Clarkson on Jan. 30, 2009.
The Big Red won its season opener for the second consecutive year, beating Niagara 3-2 in overtime at Lynah Rink Friday night.
The Big Green opened its season with a 5-3 loss to Harvard on Friday night.
The Crimson began a season-opening stretch of five consecutive road games, its longest season-opening road swing since it started the 1959-59 season with six away contests in a row.
Goalie Zane Kalemba posted his eighth career shutout in the 1-0 victory over Brown.
The Bobcats fell 8-5 to Robert Morris on Saturday night despite outshooting RMU 63-33.
Junior forward Chase Polacek figured in four of the Engineers’ five goals on the weekend, scoring RPI’s only marker in a 2-1 loss to Army on Saturday after tallying twice and adding an assist in the Engineers’ overtime win at Union on Friday.
St. Lawrence
Sophomore blueliner Pete Child’s hat trick in Friday night’s 6-3 win over Sacred Heart was the first by a Saints defenseman since the 1960s. Child’s first tally was his first collegiate goal.
The Dutchmen suffered their second consecutive overtime loss, falling 4-3 to RPI on Friday.
Junior Ryan Rondeau earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors by making 40 saves against the Tigers.

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