Yale looking to climb the ECAC ladder

Posted by: Justin Churchill
Saturday night’s 5-4 come from behind victory over Dartmouth signified the fight the members of the Yale team have. Forward Kenny Agostino sparked the Bulldogs with two goals on the night, including the game winner with only 34.8 seconds left.Yale let up four goals in the first period and the game certainly looked like it was out of reach. Yet the team gritted out a win through some serious hard work and a couple of lucky bounces.

Coach Keith Allain felt that the comeback was really a testament to the work ethic of the team,“It showed tremendous strength of character and our seniors really took control of the room after the first period,” Allain said. “ this is a huge win for us.”

The Bulldogs have been in an unfamiliar position all season, as they currently sit towards the bottom of the ECAC standings. This is of course a far cry from where the team has stood for the past three seasons, as they have constantly been in contention for the Cleary Cup.

Yale had been on a five game winless streak ahead of the game against Dartmouth on Saturday. This included loses against RPI, Clarkson, and Harvard.

The win against the Big Green is certainly what the team needed ahead of the final month of league play. Allain remains optimistic about the chances of his team going into the playoffs in March,

“ I think there is still a month of hockey left before the playoffs,” Allain said. “ so I think we just have to get a little bit better every day and get to our peak from come playoff time.”

Yale’s remaining schedule seems very manageable, as should only really be tested by a road swing with Colgate and Cornell in two weeks.

Look for the Bulldogs to move up and push for a top four finish in the conference.

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