Friday, February 18, 2011

Yale-Quinnipiac postgame

First off, I'm told our office got a ton of phone calls from people wanting to know why the game wasn't being broadcast on CPTV. No one at Quinnipiac seems to know. Comcast New England, who produced and broadcast the game, had no issue. The game was on all the TVs at the TD Bank Center. Quinnipiac AD Jack McDonald was trying to track down the issue, and haven't heard back from him yet.

As for the game, Yale came out strong and poised. Quinnipiac was scattered and undisciplined.

"The first period, we (allowed) four power plays and it could have been six. We were running around, we didn't play our system. We know how good Yale is, we know how good their power play is, you can't expend that kind of energy. That was probably our worst period of the year."

The Bank was pack to the rafters with a massive student turnout and was deafening for the introductions. But the Bobcats couldn't rise to the occasion. Pecknold mentioned in the post-game interview how young his team is, and later said the crowd may have affected his team negatively.

"Some of our players had awful games tonight," Pecknold said. "Maybe they got a little too emotional and we got out of our game plan."

Yale coach Keith Allain was happy with the overall effort, from special teams to goaltending. The Bulldogs have had trouble winning away from home, and had issues with slow starts. But tonight's win, and last Saturday's 6-3 triumph over Clarkson seems to have solved the problem.

Kevin Limbert's shorty with 14 seconds left in the first was a huge goal, and the video review goal likely took more wind out of the Bobcats sail. Jimmy Martin's shot caused the net to flutter, but the goal light never went on and play continued. On the bench, the Yale players said the puck went through the net, and during the TV timeout that was brought to the referees attention. Chip McDonald decided to review the goal, and ruled it had indeed ripped through the net for a goal.

Crucial games coming up for both teams. Quinnipiac caught a break with Brown and Clarkson both losing. In the hunt for home ice, Saturday's game with the Bears could put Quinnipiac in prime position to seal a home series for the first round for the sixth time in six years since joining the ECAC.

Yale remains a point behind Union for first place, and gets today off (though there is a practice at Ingalls Rink before the bus leaves for Princeton) before Sunday's game at Hobey Baker Rink. Union is at St. Lawrence Saturday, and then finishes at home with Princeton and Quinnipiac in what should be an outstanding race for the Cleary Cup.


Blogger Jonathan said...

I was wondering whether Yale would go down tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks.

February 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

You're welcome??

February 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM 

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