RAIDERS, RED COME TO WHALE
The Bulldogs have three weekends left in the regular season and are a point out of a top-four spot in the ECAC Hockey standings. A team seven points behind them comes to the Whale Friday, while the first-place squad, which is five up on Yale, is in town Saturday. The Elis (11-9-3, 9-6-1 ECAC) take on Colgate (8-18-2, 5-9-2) and No. 8 Cornell (15-6-2, 11-3-2) in a pair of 7 p.m. games airing live on ESPN+ and internationally on Stretch Internet.
The Bulldogs, with three straight wins, have a 51-49-6 edge in the Colgate series which began in 1916-17. The Big Red have an 85-62-8 lead over the Elis since the first meeting in 1901-02. Nine of the last 13 Yale-Cornell meetings have been decided by a goal or less.
The Blue beat Colgate 4-2 at Hamilton the night after falling to Cornell by the same count at Lynah Rink in Yale's second and third games this season. Joe Snively and Dante Palecco scored power-play goals and Corbin Kaczperski made 25 saves against the Big Red. Curtis Hall had consecutive PPG and Sam Tucker stopped 27 shots against the Raiders.
Yale had a two-game win streak snapped last weekend with losses at Quinnipiac and Princeton. Mitchell Smith had the lone goal for the Elis, while Kaczperski had a career-high 46 saves against the Bobcats and Tucker stopped 29 shots at Baker Rink. Snively, the senior forward, leads the squad with 13 goals and 27 points while players from the three other classes have 14 points each.
Colgate split one-goal games last weekend at Hamilton against St. Lawrence (3-2 W) and Clarkson (2-1 L). Junior forward Bobby McMann leads the team with 6 goals and 18 points, while a pair of rookies have handled all the goaltending. Mitch Benson (2.75, .910) is the starter and has played in 25 games. The Raiders have shown they can beat anyone with wins over Quinnipiac and Cornell this season.
Cornell, which has gone 8-1-1 over its last 10, is coming off a sweep of the North Country teams that included outscoring them by a combined 8-1 mark. Morgan Barron and Cam Donaldson, a pair of sophomore forwards, are the Big Red's double-digit goal scorers thus far. Second-year players are also getting all the work in net with Matthew Galajda (1.78, .918) and Austin McGrath (1.92, .927) shutting down opponents.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity - email@example.com