Alex Lyon turns away 24 in shutout, Yale forces rubber match with Harvard

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Yale goalie Alex Lyon

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Most 24-save nights are nothing to write home about. When it’s good enough for a crucial, playoff shutout against your arch rival, it’s not your typical 24-save outing.

Alex Lyon stopped everything on target as Yale captured game two of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series with a 2-0 win against Harvard before a packed Ingalls Rink.

The Mike Richter Award candidate notched his school-record seventh shutout of the season and 10th of his career with 10 stops in the first, six in the second and eight pressure-packed saves in the final frame as the Bulldogs forced a third and final game.

Mitch Witek and Trent Ruffolo scored goals and Rob O’Gara picked up his third assist of the weekend to help the Elis improve to 18-8-5 overall.

The Bulldogs bounced back from a 3-2 loss on Friday, and they got a much better review from coach Keith Allain. “We played much better, and we got better as the game went on. I think we earned the victory.”

Lyon was clearly the difference in the first period as the sophomore goalie made 10 saves, including stops of numerous grade-A chances and a pair of power-plays during a scoreless opening period. His stellar play led to the Bulldogs getting on board first right after intermission.

“I thought we did a really good job with our back pressure,” said Lyon. “You always have to be on your toes against this team. They are really good, but I felt sharp tonight.”

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