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Yale vs. Denver: Bulldogs upset Pioneers in OT, 2-1

The Denver Pioneers high-powered offense was shut down Friday night as they fell to the Yale Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime.

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The Denver Pioneers suffered just their second loss of the season, falling to the Yale Bulldogs in overtime Friday night. The Pioneers' offense struggled all night as it took them 87 minutes to find the back of the net and send the game into the extra frame.

Denver was stymied all night by Yale goalie Jeff Malcom, who finished the game with 32 saves. The freshman goalie completely shut down the Pioneers in the first two periods and looked poised for the shut out when the Bulldogs killed a five-on-three penalty advantage late in the third. However, with the just 89 seconds remaining, the Pioneers' Joey LaLeggia fired a pass from senior Chris Knowlton at the net. The puck was then tipped in by junior Nick Shore, tying the game 1-1 and sending it in to overtime.

The defensive struggle continued in overtime before Bulldog Kenny Agostino scored off a rebound with 3:28 left in overtime, giving Yale the 2-1 win. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 9-2 overall, 7-1 in conference. While typically known for their 4.5 goals per game, the Pioneers matched the Bulldogs defensive effort. Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora finished the game with an impressive 35 saves. The Pioneers next take on New Hampshire Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. MT from Magness Arena.