Bulldogs Notch First Victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Joe Snively had two goals while twins Evan and Mitchell Smith combined for three points as the Yale men's hockey team skated past Brown 5-2 at Meehan Auditorium in the second game of the regular season for both squads.
The Bulldogs, who had a 27-22 edge in shots, also got goals from Evan Smith and Brett Jewell in their first victory of the 2017-18 season. Sam Tucker stopped 20 shots to earn the win during a game Yale never trailed.
"It was a gritty team win," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "We received contributions from guys throughout the lineup."
Tucker and the Eli special teams stopped six of seven Brown advantages, including an exhausting sequence late in the game.
"We sealed the victory with a huge two- minute kill of a 5-on-3 power play late in the third period," said Allain.
Jewell, playing his first game at Yale, opened the game's scoring with his first collegiate tally early in the first frame. After the home team evened things early in the second, Snively converted a great feed from Ryan Hitchcock to make it 2-1.
The Bears got the equalizer early in the third, but they could not seize the momentum. Mitchell Smith banged home a rebound before Snively sniped a shot near post from the left circle at 17:18 to put the game out of reach.
"Our neutral zone forecheck made a great stop, and I was able to win a battle and get a shot on net. Luckily it went in," said Snively. "I thought our team played great tonight. We got into hot water with too many penalties, but our penalty kill had a solid night. I think we saw a glimpse of our team's potential tonight and we are excited to play two more Ivy and ECAC games next weekend."
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director