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Tucker’s Effort Not Enough For Elis

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Bulldogs Goalie Stops 40 Shots in Loss

HAMDEN, Conn. - Throughout the season, Sam Tucker has shown an ability to stand on his head for the Yale Bulldogs. Saturday night, despite his best efforts, the Bulldogs fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats 3-0. Tucker finished with 40 saves, a season high, in the loss.

Tucker stood on his head in the first period with 13 saves, including a blocker stop on a penalty shot by Tanner MacMaster. The junior goalie used every part of his body to get glove, stick, and pads on shots from all angles as the home team tried to cash in on three advantages over the scoreless first 20 minutes.

Despite giving up a goal that he was screened on early in the frame, Tucker was diving all over the crease again in the second period. The Wilton, Conn. native notched 18 saves and held firm on three more power plays. His glove save on a blast from the slot through traffic was among the best plays of the game.

The Bulldogs managed more chances in the third period, firing 17 shots on net to Quinnipiac's 11. Tucker held down the fort as the Elis pounded the Bobcats net, but Yale couldn't find the back of the net. Quinnipiac added two goals, on a breakaway and a defection, to finalize the score.

Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director and Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant