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Frozen Four 2013: Yale jumps out to 2-0 lead over UMass Lowell after 1

After 20 minutes of play, the Yale Bulldogs lead UMass-Lowell 2-0 thanks to goals from Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere.

Justin K. Aller

The underdog Yale Bulldogs leads UMass-Lowell 2-0 after the first period. The River Hawks had not trailed by two goals since the second to last regular season game of the season against Providence.

Yale got on the board first with just two seconds left on its first power play of the game. With Shayne Thompson off for high sticking, Yale converted at the 12:55 mark when freshman defenseman Mitch Witek scored his first career goal on a weak wrist shot from the point. Kenny Agostino was in front of the net, but didn't tip the puck. Andrew Miller and Carson Cooper assisted on the tally.

Yale added to its lead with just under a minute to play in the period when Antoine Laganiere banged home a rebound from right in front of the net. The goal came right after a UMass-Lowell penalty expired so it was an even strength goal officially, but it was set up due to the man advantage.

UMass-Lowell star freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck looked shaky the entire period, giving up rebounds and allowing a weak shot from the point to find the back of the net. Yale outshot UML 8-5 in the period.

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation for continuing coverage of the 2013 Frozen Four.