Gracel's Goal, Boyle's 26 Saves Power Mass Attack Past #17 Yale
Dec. 7, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - After trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period, the UMass hockey team stormed back to defeat the #17 Yale Bulldogs, 3-1, Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Sophomore Branden Gracel notched the game-winning goal in the third period while freshman Kevin Boyle stopped 26 shots as the duo helped the Minutemen stay undefeated at home this season (5-0-3 at home). The win pushes UMass to 5-7-4 (2-6-3 Hockey East) while Yale falls to 6-5-1 (4-2-0 ECAC).
In the first period, Yale got out to a fast start by netting the first goal of the game just 5:25 into the contest on a Gus Young wrist shot from the top of the right circle. The powerplay goal was a result of a cross-ice pass from fellow defenseman Nick Jaskowiak. It was Young's first goal of his career and Antoine Laganiere was also credited with an assist.
With 13:06 remaining in the first period, sophomore Patrick Kiley sniped the left post and narrowly missed a game-tying goal for UMass.
In the second stanza, the Mass Attack tied the game at 1-1 on a shot from Peter DeAngelo. The sophomore right winger took a pass from Kevin Czepiel, streaked into the offensive zone and from the slot threw a snap shot on Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm that found the back of the net. The goal came with 12:24 remaining in the period and Conor Allen also received an assist on the goal.
Later in the second period, UMass nearly scored again as DeAngelo sent a beautiful backhand pass across the front of the net to Rocco Carzo. Carzo put a shot on net but Malcolm was able to make the save, keeping the game knotted at 1-1.
Entering the third period tied at one goal a piece, UMass capitalized on a Yale turnover as Branden Gracel rushed the puck into the offensive zone and sent a backhand shot past Malcolm with 10:42 to go. The goal game nearly a minute after Danny Hobbs ringed a wrist shot off of the right post.
With seven minutes remaining Yale turned up the pressure, but Boyle was able to turn aside any attempts at a game-tying goal.
The Minutemen edged the Bulldogs in shots 33-27 while Yale had the advantage in faceoffs 30-21. Jeff Malcolm ended the night with 30 saves for Yale. UMass went 0-4 on the powerplay but killed five penalties as Yale scored once on six powerplay chances.