Win Over Brown Moves Elis to Within a Point of 1st place
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Joe Snively has had two big games against Yale's travel partner this season. In the season-opener, the senior forward hit the net twice, including 14 seconds into the contest. Tonight, he tallied two goals and handed out an assist in a 4-3 win over the Bears that got the Bulldogs to within a point of first place in the ECAC Hockey standings.
Snively, who scored the Elis' second and third goals, helped his team improve to 11-7-3 overall (9-4-1 ECAC) while holding off a Brown team that had won 3 of its last 4 and 5 of the last 7.
The Elis poured 19 shots on Brown goalie Luke Kania in the first period while finding the net twice. Mitchell Smith got to a Curtis Hall face-off win and flicked it over Kania's shoulder 5:40 into the period. A pretty pass by Robbie DeMontis created the second tally. The junior forward stepped in front of a Brown pass and immediately sent a hard, lead feed to Snively breaking down the left side. Snively went in alone before beating the goalie stick side midway through the frame.
After a Yale goal was taken away by video review early in the second, the Bears cut the margin in half and were knocking on the door for more. That's when the home team answered with its third of the night. Tyler Welsh sent a crossing feed to Snively in the low slot and the Herndon, Va., native re-directed it into the net for a 3-1 lead late in the second.
The senior Hobey Baker Candidate was at it again early in the third, creating an opportunity for a three-goal lead. The puck ended up on the stick of Jack St. Ivany, who snapped off a low shot from the top of the right circle that beat the Brown goalie and made it 4-1.
While Snively, who tied Kenny Agostino for 12th place on the school's career goal list with his 56th, was putting on an award-winning performance at the offensive end, junior goalie Corbin Kaczperski was having a solid night stopping shots with a season-best 33. He came up with a number of grade-A saves in the final frame to notch his 6th victory.
Meanwhile, Brown pulled its goalie with 2:21 left down 4-2 and cut the margin to one with 5.4 seconds left.
Yale has just one captain, senior defenseman Anthony Walsh, who has missed the last 4 games with an injury. Classmates Joe Snively, Charlie Curti and Ted Hart have worn the "A" as assistant captains in Walsh's absence… Special Olympics Teams from Connecticut (Storm and the Chacers) played a game at the Whale this afternoon and then took part in the team introductions and national anthem… Yale Hockey supports the Headway Foundation and its ongoing "Concussion Awareness Week," which has been observed this weekend.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity - firstname.lastname@example.org