Bulldogs Blitz Crimson Under Bright Lights On Broadway

Harvard University right wing KYLE CRISCUOLO (11), the 21-year-old sophomore from Southampton, New Jersey, who is the second-leading scorer for the Crimson with eight goals in 16 NCAA games this season, tries his luck from behind the goal line with a backhander on Yale University backstop ALEX LYON, the 21-year-old freshman from Baudette, Minnesota, who has established himself as the Bulldogs first choice between the posts this term, during the ECAC Conference match-up of historical Ivy League adversaries at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Three goals scored inside the first six minutes of the second period, including a stunning pair netted within twenty-six seconds of one another, and suffocating defensive work the rest of the way enabled the reigning NCAA national champions to prevail at the World’s Most Famous Arena as YALE outscored traditional arch-rival HARVARD 5-1 in the 239th installment of what has been dubbed the “RIVALRY ON ICE”.

Fitting enough for such a high profile match featuring two iconic Ivy League powerhouses (at least as far as the academic world is concerned) that it was, indeed, an ice hockey player appropriately named CODY LEARNED whose two goals certainly proved to be most pivotal for the Yale Bulldogs in the contest played before the noteworthy crowd of 15,524 paying customers at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York City.

Canadian legionnaire RAPHAEL GIRARD had been sensational in stopping 52 shots as the Crimson held their eternal enemy to a 2-2 tie the last time the two fierce foes had faced off at the unique Yale Whale only a little more than a month ago. And the 22-year-old senior goaltender imported from St. Hyacinthe in Quebec had done well to keep out a baker’s dozen efforts in the first twenty minutes of play on Broadway, as well. But a lethal pair of strikes from the ambitious Learned sandwiched around a goal from Bulldogs defenseman GUS YOUNG, the 22-year-old senior from Dedham, Massachusetts, who was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (# 184 overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft, forced the Harvard starter to the bench rather early in the middle frame.

Now, Learned made just eight appearances for the would-be NCAA national champions as a 21-year-old freshman coming out of Amherst, New Hampshire, last season and had skated in only eight of Yale’s first fourteen games this term heading into this nationally broadcast match with Harvard on Broadway. But two goals for the blue-shirted team at Madison Square Garden not only doubled Learned’s career total for the Bulldogs, it also made certain that the Crimson had been effectively schooled in New York City. And so, yet again, truth has shown itself to be stranger than fiction, if only in the wonderful world of Ivy League ice hockey.


Yale University captain JESSE ROOT (20), the reliable senior center from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who missed the Bulldogs’ last Ivy League clash with the Crimson at the David S. Ingalls Rink in New Haven about a month ago on account of injury, carries the puck against arch-rival Harvard University during the 239th edition of the so-called “Rivalry On Ice” at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City.

January 11, 2014
Madison Square Garden – Manhattan, New York
Attendance : 15,524


04:23 … YALE – Doherty (Wilson)
10:51 … HRV – Vesey (Esposito, Kerfoot) – ppg
22:35 … YALE – Learned (Izmirlian, O’Gara)
25:15 … YALE – Young (Doherty, Day)
25:41 … YALE – Learned (Obuchowski, Izmirlian)
51:14 … YALE – Agostino (Young)

shots-on-goal : Yale 34 (12 + 12 + 10) – Harvard 24 (14 + 6 + 4)

penalty minutes : Yale 8 – Harvard 6

HARVARD : Girard (Michalek 25:42) – Everson, McNally ; Bergin, Flick ; Guiltnan, Ford – Vesey, Malone, Hart ; Zielonka, Kerfoot, Criscuolo ; Valek, Esposito, Moy ; Tringale, McGregor, Jaw

YALE : Lyon – Young, O’Gara ; Fallen, Obuchowski ; Witek, Killian – Weberg, Root, Agostino ; Doherty, Izmirlian, Learned ; Ruffolo, Cooper, Hayden ; DiChiara, Wilson, Day

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