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Hofmann Gives Yale New Year’s Shutout

Photo by Steve Musco
Photo by Steve Musco

Bulldogs Welcome 2018 With Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After taking a break for the holidays, the Yale Bulldogs women's hockey team showed no rust in their return. Tera Hofmann, Yale's sophomore goaltender, was the best of the bunch to begin 2018 as Yale took down in-state rival Quinnipiac 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Yale (4-9-4, 2-6-2 ECAC) fell victim to a barrage of shots early, but Hofmann was up to the task. She stopped every shot as Quinnipiac outshot Yale 14-2 in the opening frame.

"I liked our goaltending," said Yale Susan Cavanagh Head Coach Joakim Flygh with a  smile. "I thought it was good. We had a slow start to the game, certainly, (but) in the second period we got our feet underneath us a little bit."

Quinnipiac (11-9-2, 7-5-0) still couldn't solve Hofmann in the final 40 minutes despite multiple chances, including a total of six power plays. On one of the special team advantages for the Bobcats, it was the Bulldogs that capitalized. Emma Vlasic took a feed from Greta Skarzynski and fired a shot between the legs of Allison Small to give Yale a 1-0 lead. The shorthanded goal was the first of the season for the Bulldogs. Small finished with 17 saves in the loss.

Hofmann collected her first shutout of the season, and the second of her career. The 37 saves were her second most this season.

The game was a non-conference bout between the two ECAC foes, their second of the season after a 3-3 tie in November. The Bulldogs and Bobcats face off again two more times this season, both in ECAC play.

With the win, Yale improves to 1-0 in 2018.

Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant