Anytime you hold the opposition to one goal per game on the road, you’re headed in the right direction. Obviously, the momentum gathered in the first four games will be beneficial headed into two big games this coming weekend at Lynah Rink. Having said that, I did think on Friday night we hit our first bump in the road. I didn’t feel we were ready to play and compete at the level we need to. We never seemed to be in the groove the whole night and weren’t physical enough throughout the game. But, we found a way to win and for that I was pleased.
Yale opened the scoring at 7:02 of the first period, the first time we trailed this season. Minutes later we were assessed a penalty but the penalty-kill limited the Bulldogs to no shots on goal. Freshman forward Luke Devlin made it 1-1 at 13:53 with a backhander on the end of a 2-on-1 combo with freshman forward Jake Kraft. We took the lead for good on a power play at 4:05 of the second period when freshman Ryan Walsh, deflected a pass from classmate Ben Robertson into the back of the net for his second power-play goal of the year.
Our final goal of the night was an empty-netter by senior forward Gabriel Seger with 56 seconds remaining in the game.
Junior goaltender Ian Shane played well with 19 saves, while the Yale netminder stopped 20 shots. We were 1-for-3 on the power play and the Elis were 0-for-7.
The next night, we came ready to play all aspects of our game. It took awhile to score, but once the dam opened – away we went. The seven goals were the most by the Big Red on the road since blanking Princeton, 7-0, in 2003. And all the scoring came after both teams were scoreless in the opening 20 minutes.
Just 1:45 into the middle frame, freshman forward Jonathan Castagna scored his first collegiate goal. Six minutes later Seger tallied, followed by junior captain Kyle Penney at 7:18. Brown’s lone tally came at 9:11 of the second period, but frosh defenseman George Fegaras upped the score to 4-1 at 14:14 of the second stanza. The home team’s goal came on a power play, snapping our streak of 11 successful penalty kills.
In the last seven minutes of the third period, Seger, Devlin and Walsh added goals. Thirteen players posted at least one point in the game, with Seger leading the pack with three (2-1). Penney, Castagna, and Fegaras each had a goal and an assist.
Shane was called upon for 15 saves, while the Brown goalie stopped 26 shots. We were 0-for-4 on the power play, and the Bears were 1-for-5.
We have a big weekend coming up at Lynah Rink with Dartmouth (1-1-2) here on Friday night and Harvard (0-1-2) on Saturday evening.