BOSTON — Brian Yingling scored the game-winning goal and added two assists as Lebanon Valley won its first ECAC Northeast Conference title and an NCAA tournament bid with a 4-3 win over defending-league champion Wentworth at Northeastern’s Matthews Arena on Saturday.
Yingling broke a 3-3 tie at 4:23 of the third period to give Lebanon Valley the lead. The Steeton, Pennsylvania sophomore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Junior Kevin Block made 27 saves for Lebanon Valley to improve his record to 9-5-1.
No. 4-seeded Lebanon Valley, went through the fifth, third and second seed in the tournament, after top-seeded Tufts was upset in the opening round by Salve Regina.
The Flying Dutchmen jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway in the first period, getting the first goal from rookie Anthony Pace just 3:30 into the contest. Two minutes later, Lebanon Valley made it 2-0 on junior Dan Fox’s tally. Junior Greg Kutchma scored his sixth power-play goal of the year midway through the first to open up the three-goal lead.
Wentworth (18-8-2) scored three unanswered goals to tie the game. Sophomore Tom Milward scored for the Leopards at 15:38 to cut the lead to 3-1 at the first break. Less than five minutes into the second period, freshman Michael Nicoletta broke through the Dutchmen’s defense to add the Leopards’ second goal.
Junior Tim Yakimowsky, Wentworth’s leading scorer, tied the game at three with a power-play goal 11:20 into the second period.
Wentworth’s sophomore goaltender Jamie Vanek stopped all 15 Dutchmen shots on goal in the second, and made 27 saves in the contest.