Penalties Costly in Loss to Raiders
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Frankie DiChiara and Ted Hart scored goals, but the Yale men's hockey team could not stay out of the penalty box enough to make those tallies decisive in a 4-2 loss to Colgate at the Class of 1965 Arena.
The Bulldogs (10-10-5, 6-8-4 ECAC) outshot the Raiders 31-25 but took seven penalties and gave up a pair of power-play goals.
However, the Bulldogs jumped off the bus with energy and got off to a great start by outshooting the Raiders 12-4 and taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Yale also got its special teams clicking with a power-play tally and one kill.
DiChiara rifled a slap shot off Charlie Finn's shoulder and into the back of the net with 1:53 left to cap off an excellent first frame. Hart, who hit the net twice last night at Cornell, carried over the blueline on the advantage and left it for Adam Larkin, who quickly moved it down to Evan Smith. The freshman forward sent a pass from the left circle to the high slot for DiChiara, who unleashed the howitzer.
Yale got the advantage because John Hayden drew a tripping penalty, but the Eli captain also made a big hit during the 5-on-4 that was more than an eye-opener. He actually sent one of the corner doors flying open with the text-book check in the home end.
Colgate, which beat Brown in overtime last night, cashed in on a power play to even things after two frames. The Blue spent way too much time having to kill off penalties in the second to get things rolling at the other end of the ice. Sam Tucker (21 saves), who was called on to make a number of quality saves, and the Elis had nearly six minutes of kill time. To make things more challenging for the sophomore netminder, he had to make a stop on a penalty shot for the second straight night.
The infraction giving Hunter Racine the free opportunity to score was a Yale player in his own crease using his hands to cover the puck. Tucker stood his ground and knocked aside the backhand shot. That and 10 other saves made for a busy period.
The Raiders found the net 40 seconds into the third to take the lead, but Hart scored his third goal of the weekend to make it 2-2 midway through. The sophomore re-directed a Larkin feed that bounced off Finn and popped up off the edge of the crease. Hart backhanded it out of air with almost no angle to go at the net.
Yale hoped to turn that goal into the momentum it needed to grab two points, but instead the Elis continued to have trouble staying out of the box and getting any puck luck. Colgate scored on a rebound and then a deflection off a skate, and the game was out of reach.
Despite the penalty-kill time, the visitors had some great chances to put more on the scoreboard, including a 5-on-3 for 82 seconds during the third period.
Yale traveled from Ithaca to Hamilton in some challenging winter weather but managed to arrive on time… The Bulldogs are home next weekend to host Harvard and Dartmouth on Alumni Weekend. The Yale Alumni Game is Saturday at 1 p.m.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director – firstname.lastname@example.org