Snively Passes 100-Point Mark
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Joe Snively had another big night for the Yale Men's Hockey Team, but it wasn't enough to lift the Bulldogs to victory on the last Friday of the regular season. Dartmouth spoiled the Eli forward's four-point night with a 6-4 win before a full house.
Snively, who has five goals and seven points in his last two home games, passed the 100-point mark for his career by having a hand on all four Yale tallies. The Herndon, Va., native now has 19 goals and 35 points.
The loss pushed the Blue down to 9th in the ECAC standings, one spot from home ice in the first round of the playoffs, with one game left.
The Bulldogs came out buzzing early but could not find the net until they got in a bit of a bind, a 3-0 deficit in the first dozen minutes. Yale got it going over the last half of the opening frame with a pair of tallies to close the gap.
Phil Kemp took a pass from Anthony Walsh at the top of the left circle and the rookie defenseman unleashed a slapshot that found its way past the goal line after hitting the netminder. Snively picked up an assist by making a pass to Walsh from behind the goal line.
Senior captain Ryan Hitchcock set up the next goal to cut the lead to 3-2 when he sent a perfect pass across the lower slot for a Snively one-timer tally. It was the junior forward's 100th career point. Snively had the puck in the left circle, fed it to Charlie Curti below the goal line and then skated across the slot. Curti quickly moved it to Hitchcock (2 points), who set up the milestone score by Yale's Hobey Baker candidate.
Snively has been a steady point producer as a Bulldog. He has 43 goals and 102 points in 93 college games. Tonight's efforts helped the Elis climb back in the game, but the visitors were not interested in a close game. They put three on the board in the second and took a 6-2 lead into the third.
The Elis did not stop battling. Hitchcock, who took a pass to the slot from Snively, gave the Blue some life early in the third with a rising wrister that went bar down to cut the margin to three.
When the Big Green got whistled for consecutive penalties a few minutes later, the Bulldogs made an interesting move. Keith Allain '80, the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, who flew back from South Korea today after coaching at the Winter Olympic Games, pulled his goalie to see if he could get back in the game quickly.
Yale threw many shots toward the net, Devin Buffalo (31 saves) did not let any go through.
"We have a great bench with a lot of confidence. Our guys really showed a lot of fight, a lot of heart," said Allain. "The reason we lost this game was because we did not defend well."
Snively, who passed Paul Castraberti '81 for 25th place on Yale's career points list, hit the net again with 6:17 left to make it 6-4.
"He was playing every other shift in the third. When you have a guy going like that, you have to go with him," said Allain.
The home team had junior goalie Sam Tucker in the net to start the game, but sophomore Corbin Kaczperski replaced him midway through the second. Allain pulled Kaczperski a few more times late in the third with the Elis coming close to cutting the margin a few times.
Keith Allain came to the Whale tonight after being awake for 36 straight hours, most of which was spent on a 14-hour flight from Korea… Saturday's game vs. Harvard is completely sold out. The game can be seen on both ESPN3 and on the Ivy League Network… The Yale Hockey Alumni Game is Saturday at 1 p.m… Rob O'Gara '16 made his debut with the New York Rangers last night in a 3-1 loss at Montreal. The defenseman made his NHL debut with Boston last season.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director - email@example.com