Ja­cobs: A well-de­served honor for Yale’s Tay­lor

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NEW HAVEN — His por­trait will hang in the Sch­ley Room at Yale’s In­galls Rink be­tween Mur­ray Mur­doch and Mal­colm Chace. Tim Tay­lor’s widow, Diana Cooke, said she’s es­pe­cially pleased with the work of artist Kelly Clark.

Tay­lor has brought two fin­gers to his mouth; he is deep in thought. He is watch­ing his beloved Bull­dogs play, yet he could be lis­ten­ing to a stu­dent in an Ivy League lec­ture hall. He could be study­ing a piece of art or a com­plex math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tion. If there were a name for the por­trait, it would have to be “The Thinker Coach.”

“Pro­fes­so­rial,” Cooke said.

“I don’t think I ever met any­body who was so ob­sessed with try­ing to make the sport of hockey bet­ter,” said leg­endary Bos­ton Univer­sity coach Jack Parker. “Not just for Yale or for him; bet­ter for ev­ery­body.”

“High IQ, high hockey IQ,” said Ben Smith, who coached for both Tay­lor and Parker be­fore be­com­ing head coach at Dart­mouth and North­east­ern and lead­ing the U.S. women in the Olympics. “He fol­lowed the old adage that play­ers don’t care how much you know

with solid saves to keep the game score­less in the first pe­riod — Kaczper­ski had 10 saves, Har­vard’s Michael Lackey had seven.

One of the Bull­dogs’ best chances to score came at 10:05 with Cur­tis Hall camped out at the left post. Yale con­trolled the puck at the bot­tom of the left cir­cle. The puck was sent to Hall who wristed a shot, but Lackey made a stick save and cleared the puck away.

Snively had an­other solid chance with a wide open look at the net be­tween the

two cir­cles. His slap shot headed for the left cor­ner of the net but an­other stick save by Lackey kept the game score­less.

Michael Flood­strand had one of the Crim­son’s best chances to get a goal with a clear shot from the right cir­cle. He deked right and shot left but Kaczper­ski’s stick was work­ing as well as Lackey’s as he swiped the puck away.

Be­tween the first and sec­ond pe­riod the late for­mer Yale hockey coach Tim Tay­lor was hon­ored with a spe­cial recog­ni­tion. Fam­ily, for­mer play­ers and col­leagues were on hand and un­veiled a spe­cial por­trait of

Tay­lor.

Both teams con­tin­ued to pep­per the goalies with shots in the sec­ond pe­riod and four pucks even­tu­ally made it into the net. The teams en­tered the sec­ond in­ter­mis­sion tied at 2.

Har­vard’s Henry Bowlby spot­ted a wide open Casey Dorn­back at the top of the right cir­cle. Dorn­back took the pass and wound up for a shot that went in­side the lower left cor­ner of the net to give Har­vard a 1-0 lead at 6:04.

Yale’s Jack St. Ivany an­swered with a power-play goal. He took a pass from Dante Palecco and St. Ivany’s low ris­ing shot from the

left point flew into the net for the 1-1 tie.

Tyler Welsh sent the Yale faith­ful to their feet when he one-timed a shot that went into the net and gave Yale a 2-1 lead. Welsh’s shot sent Lackey sprawl­ing onto the ice try­ing to make the save at 17:41.

The mo­men­tum seemed to be on Yale’s side head­ing to­ward the third pe­riod, but Har­vard’s Lewis Zert­erGos­sage qui­eted the crowd with a break­away goal sec­onds be­fore the sec­ond pe­riod ended. His shot be­tween the two cir­cles made it into the lower left cor­ner of the net to tie the game at 2 with 46 sec­onds to go.

In the third pe­riod, both teams traded goals 32 sec­onds apart.

Har­vard (0-2-2, 0-2-2) re­gained the lead when Reilly Walsh scored a power-play goal at 9:24. But with a scram­ble for the puck in front of Lackey, Joe Snively took a pass from St. Ivany and Snive­ley an­swered with wrist shot at 9:56 to tie the game at 3.

In the over­time, Cur­tis hall and St.Ivany had a pair of chances to score but Lackey once again made the stick saves to pre­serve the tie.

Lackey ended up with 32 saves in the game.

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Yale hockey coach Tim Tay­lor makes a point dur­ing a prac­tice at the In­galls Rink in New Haven in 1998.

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