Yale Playing UConn Saturday
BELFAST, Ireland – Charlie Curti scored a power-play goal in the third period to give the Yale Men's Hockey Team a 1-1 overtime tie with No. 11 Union before 5,812 at SSE Arena in the first game of the Friendship Four Tournament.
The Bulldogs (2-2-2), who will face Connecticut on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, did not advance to the championship game after a 3-round shootout (2-1 L) against the Dutchmen.
Union (7-3-2) scored on its first shot of the contest, but Yale junior Corbin Kaczperski stopped the last 22 shots to keep the Elis within reach. Meanwhile, his teammates were peppering Darian Hanson (31 saves) at the other end.
Curti scored at 11:32 of the third when he re-directed a feed from the point over Hanson's glove. The play began with a pass along the point from Tyler Welsh to Graham Lillibridge, who then sent it low for the senior blueliner. Curti was in the high slot when he sent the puck past the Union goalie.
"I thought it was a just result. I'm not happy with it, but it was just," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "Our kids fought hard all game. We had a number of chances [to win the game], but Union is a really good defensive team."
One of those chances was Robbie DeMontis flying in alone on the Union net and firing a shot off Hanson's glove in an OT period that included three saves from both goalies.
Evan Smith answered a Union goal in the first round of the shootout to determine the advancing team. Kaczperski made a stop in the second round, but teammate Jack St. Ivany could not find the net. The Dutchmen scored in the third round, and then Hanson made a save on Joe Snively's shot to end it.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity