NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Frankie DiChiara's two-goal night and a pair of one-goal leads early on were not enough to get the Yale men's hockey team a victory. No. 19 Quinnipiac erased the last deficit with four straight goals in a 5-2 win before a packed Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs spent much of the night killing off penalties (8), which resulted in three Bobcats power-play tallies on a night full of big hits. Many of those hits were penalized, which meant that Yale goalie Patrick Spano was much busier than his 17 saves might indicate.
It was also a night of few (42 combined) shots on goal. Quinnipiac got 10 of its shots with the advantage, while Yale put four on its four chances.
DiChiara scored in two different periods, including Yale's first short-hander of the year, and now has nine goals this season.
"I liked the way our guys competed, but I'm not happy with the result," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "We competed harder than we did last night."
The Bulldogs were the first to be fed, in the form of a DiChiara goal 4:22 into the game. The Eli senior was set up by linemate Joe Snively, who threaded the needle to put the puck on his stick in the high slot from behind the net. DiChiara gathered, cocked and released top shelf.
"Joe [Snively] is so skilled with the puck," said DiChiara. "He is pretty crafty, and I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of that. It was an impressive pass."
A major penalty called on Yale midway through the frame gave Quinnipiac the opportunity to more than erase the deficit, but the Eli special teams came up big in allowing just one tally. Spano made five saves and his teammates cleared the zone enough to send the game to intermission tied at 1-1.
However, the Elis still had to kill off a penalty that went the last minute of the first and the opening segment of the second. It didn't get any easier after that kill. In the second minute of the period, the Blue took another five-minute major, but this kill had a different start and ending.
Snively, applying pressure in the visitor's end on the kill, picked a pocket and was going in ahead of the defense when he got pulled off the puck and drew a raised zebra arm. He managed to shoot the puck but it landed behind the cage, where DiChiara grabbed it. Big No. 17 zipped around the net and sent a wrap-around shot off Chris Truehl's skate that bounced into the net.
The Bobcat penalty came off the board and the 4-on-4 went back to a QU advantage, which quickly turned into a 2-2 game.
The visitors got an even-strength tally to grab their first lead at 14:22, and it stayed that way heading into the third. The second period ended just as it began, other than Yale being down a goal, with Quinnipiac on a power play that ran into the next period.
The Bulldogs, who had to kill off seven minutes of penalty time in the first frame, had to erase five minutes in the second, and still managed to outshoot the Cats 9-7.
Yale had some early, third-period opportunities to even things, especially on a power play. John Hayden barely missed an open left side of the net, and his teammates had other grade-A chances. It wasn't bad enough that none of those found the net, the Elis had to endure a Quinnipiac player kicking in a goal (video review wasn't convincing enough) that made it 4-2 and effectively put the game away.
The Bulldogs entered the weekend with a six-game unbeaten streak that included a weekend sweep of Brown… Rob O'Gara '16, a defenseman for the Boston and Providence Bruins this season, was on hand for tonight's game… Yale is on the road next week to play Cornell and Colgate…
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org