Snively Nets 2, DeMontis Has 2 Points
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Joe Snively has five goals and six points over his last two games. Three of those points came tonight at Class of 1965 Arena in a 4-3 Yale victory over Colgate that made it five straight wins for the Bulldogs who moved into fifth place in ECAC Hockey.
Snively, the junior forward from Herndon, Va., now has a career-high 17 goals and 30 points after helping the Bulldogs erase two deficits while improving to 14-11-1 (9-9-1 ECAC). His first goal tied the game at 1-1 in the opening frame, his assist on Robbie DeMontis' tally was the go-ahead score in the third and Snively's second goal of the night was the game-winner. He also now has a team-best five decisive goals.
The Elis, who swept the season series with Colgate (12-14-5), had a slight edge in shots in a contest with just four advantages and no power-play goals.
"It took all of 60 minutes, but the guys kept chipping away," said Josh Siembida, a Yale Assistant Coach who along with Ryan Donald is leading the team while Keith Allain is away at the Olympics. "This was a good win against a good team."
With three games remaining in the regular season, Yale is tied with Dartmouth and Princeton at 19 points, one place out of a first-round bye. However, four points currently separate fourth and fifth place.
The goals didn't come easily, but that changed a little when the visitors got sustained pressure. Sophomore forward Luke Stevens had Yale's second goal when he combined with captain Ryan Hitchcock, who circled the net and fed the puck in front. Stevens smacked it out of the air to even the score again at 2-2.
The eventual game-winner came on a backdoor play and pass from Tyler Welsh to Snively at 18:21 of the third. The Raiders pulled their goalie for an extra skater and the team responded with a goal to cut the lead to one before time ran out on the comeback effort.
Junior Sam Tucker made 30 saves to earn the win in the Yale net. He and the Bulldogs skate at No. 4 Cornell tomorrow night.
"Our goaltending was good and it gave us a chance to win," said Siembida.
The Elis put 38 shots on target and had the edge in shots the last two periods.
"It wasn't our best game by any means," said DeMontis, who had two points. "But it's a big win during an important time for us. I think we wore them down, and you could see that things opened up as the game went on."
The U.S. Men's Hockey Team, which has four former Eli players, plays its third game of the 2018 Games tomorrow morning at 7:10 against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. They are 1-1 after a pair of one-goal games, while Brian O'Neill has 1-1-2 and Mark Arcobello has 0-1-1.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director