Jacobs: A well-deserved honor for Yale’s Taylor
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
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.
Yale hockey coach Tim Taylor makes a point during a practice at the Ingalls Rink in New Haven in 1998.