Yale beats Air Force, 2-1 in OT

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Yale beats Air Force, 2-1 in OT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Chad Ziegler scored 3:16 into overtime to lift top-seeded Yale over No. 4 Air Force 2-1 on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament's east regional.

The Bulldogs (28-6-1) advance to play No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth on Saturday at at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

After a pair of saves by Air Force goalie Jason Torf, Ziegler dove and knocked in the loose puck to give the host team the win. Nick Jaskowiak assisted on the game winner.

"Coach was saying get to the net all game there were rebounds to be had," Ziegler said. "The goalie just froze there and I put it past the line. I was pretty happy about that."

Nick Jaskowiak (two assists) and Brendan Mason set up the play.

"They made a play, a second effort play and it went in," AFA coach Frank Serratore said. "Sometimes life isn't fair. It's not a juice box league. It's win or go home."

Yale took a 1-0 lead at 7:28 of the second period on a goal from Brian O'Neill, who deflected in a shot from Jaskowiak.

The Falcons (20-12-6) tied it at 18:34 of the period, with Sean Bertsch scoring unassisted on a wraparound goal.

AFA had three straight chances early in overtime, but Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau denied them. He finished with 22 stops.

"I thought it was a terrific playoff hockey game," said Yale coach Keith Allain, whose club suffered its first loss to Air Force earlier in the season. "We are pleased to be moving on and not have to play them again this year."

Torf made 26 saves for the Falcons. Yale is 1-1-1 in overtime games this season.

"Yale is the No. 1 team in the country for a reason they can win games like that," AFA captain Jacques Lamoureux said.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

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Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

BRIGHTON, Mass – With the Bruins relatively healthy at this point, they may be getting their roster back to full health sooner rather than later.

Tim Schaller has missed the last seven games after suffering a lower body injury crashing into the boards all the way back in a March 8 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The 26-year-old has resumed skating on his own before or after regular Bruins practice in the last couple of days, but hasn’t yet rejoined the group after missing the last two plus weeks.

Bruce Cassidy indicated that there’s no timetable for his return as Riley Nash and Dominic Moore have tried out different linemates including fellow Providence College hockey alum Noel Acciari.

“He has just begun to skate,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know how far out he is. He is just starting the process of going on the ice for the conditioning part. That’s his stage of recovery.”

Schaller has been a regular staple on the fourth line for the Bruins this season with seven goals and 14 points in 58 games. His size, occasional offense and energy have allowed the New Hampshire kid to be a pleasant surprise for the Black and Gold this season.