Kaczperski Shines with 36 Saves
ITHACA, N.Y. – Corbin Kaczperski had a career-high 36 saves and earned an assist on one of his team's goals. However, that wasn't enough to keep its win streak alive for the Yale men's hockey team as it fell to No. 4 Cornell 3-2 in another classic contest in this storied rivalry.
Nine of the last dozen meetings between these Ancient Eight rivals have been decided by a goal or less, including the 3-3 OT game at New Haven earlier this year.
Kaczperski did his best to give his team the lead for most of the game. The Big Red erased two deficits to finish with a perfect Ivy record this year.
The Elis, who can finish anywhere from 5th to 9th in the ECAC and need 4 points to clinch home ice, jumped on a major penalty call against the home team to register a power-play tally. Defenseman Phil Kemp fired a shot from the point through traffic to give the Blue a 1-0 lead at 5:29 of the second. It was his second of the season. Joe Snively picked up an assist on the score and now has a team-high 31 points.
After Cornell evened the score heading into the second break, another Yale defenseman got in on the scoring. Charlie Curti skated around the Red defense and sent the puck under the goalie's pad for a 2-1 lead early in the third.
The Big Red got the last two tallies, including the winner at 18:13, but they had to play a full 60 to earn the points tonight and end the Yale win streak at five games.
The Elis are now tied with Princeton for seventh place with one weekend of the regular season remaining. Dartmouth and Harvard come to the Whale next Friday and Saturday for a pair of 7 pm contests that air on the ILN.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director