Comeback Falls Short
PORTLAND, Maine – Three different Bulldogs scored goals as the Yale men's hockey team overcame a 3-1 deficit against Maine to send the game to overtime before falling 4-3 at Cross Insurance Arena.
Eduards Trailmaks scored with 47 seconds left in the extra session to give the Black Bears (7-9-2) the non-league victory.
The Bulldogs (7-5-3) opened the scoring 8:17 into the contest when Evan Smith came in alone on the Maine net and fired a shot through Jeremy Swayman's legs. That lead only lasted about three minutes as the home team responded with a power-play tally and another score to take a 2-1 advantage into the second.
After Maine bumped the lead up to a pair, Andrew Gaus intercepted a pass in the Black Bear end, skated into the slot and fired top shelf to cut the margin to 3-2 early in the second. Five minutes later, the visitors created another opportunity and cashed in. Mitchell Smith gloved a bouncing puck in the Yale end, skated the length of the ice and went forehand, stick side for the equalizer.
It was wild, end-to-end action for the final period and the OT session. This contest could have gone either way in numerous situations, thrilling a packed house in the only college hockey game of the night.
Sam Tucker, who had 16 saves in first period, finished with 36 stops overall in the Elis' net.
Sophomore Phil Kemp and rookie Jack St. Ivany re-joined the team today after helping Team USA capture a silver medal at the 2019 World Junior Championships. They did not suit up for tonight's game… Joe Snively moved ahead of Bob Logan on the school career points list with his 123rd at UNH on Saturday. He is now 13th on the list with No. 12 Sean Backman '10 (126) in sight. Snively is 12th in assists with 71, one shy of Dan Poliziani '82… Yale's final non-league contest of 2018-19 is this Saturday at the Whale against Sacred Heart (7 pm) in the benefit game for the Connecticut Hockey Foundation.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org