Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wrapping up Yale-Cornell

A few quick notes to wrap up tonight's game.

Yale missed out on becoming the first ECAC team to win three straight regular season titles since Harvard from 1992-94, but the Bulldogs weren't exactly shedding any tears. They were proud with their performance against Cornell, and have their sights set on bigger things.

"We didn't want to finish second," Yale captain Jimmy Martin said. "But ultimately, we're going to move on. We had a pretty good weekend, we're playing good hockey, we're excited about the playoffs and we're ready to move forward."

Asked if he was disappointed Union won to clinch the Cleary Cup Saturday, Allain said, "Completely out of my control. I'm thrilled we beat Cornell tonight. That's my emotion."

Andrew Miller had three goals on the weekend. If he wasn't a dangerous enough, the threat of him as a legitimate goal scorer makes him positively lethal. Allain is always on Miller -- albeit gently -- to shoot more. Miller has a rifle shot, but can be ultra precise, as displayed this weekend.

"I think a guy like Andrew becomes so much harder to defend when the threat of a shot is thrown into the mix, and he's got a terrific shot as well," Allain said. "We'd like to see him shoot the puck more."

Yale has won seven straight over Cornell, and is unbeaten in the last eight. Wins over the Big Red were few and very far between, at least since I took over the beat in 1999. Broc Little, who had a breakaway goal, said the Bulldogs match up well against Cornell.

"It’s been a while since we put a full game together,” Little said. “I think for the full 60 minutes we were on our game, just skating. That’s been effective against (Cornell) my whole career, just skating. They usually have bigger guys; we’re the smaller quicker guys and use that to our advantage."

I was unable to get over to the Cornell locker room -- Yale's seniors spent considerable time taking the traditional Senior Day photos on the ice, and my newspaper deadline prevented getting over to the other side of the rink -- so I didn't get an update on injured Cornell defenseman Nick D'Agostino. Early in the second period, D'Agostino was checked cleanly into the boards by Chris Cahill, and went down writhing in pain. Still in apparent agony on the bench, trainers checked his shoulder or collar bone area before taking him to the locker room. He did not return.


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