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No. 13 Cats Top Dogs

by Steve Musco
by Steve Musco

Yale Can't Hold Off UNH


NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – It may sound unfairly cliché to describe a 4-0 game as a balanced, close affair, but that's exactly what happened when Yale hosted No. 13 New Hampshire at Ingalls Rink tonight. The Wildcats came out on top in the ECAC vs. Hockey East contest, the first between these schools in 11 years, but it was an excellent college hockey game.


The Bulldogs threw shots from every angle at UNH senior goalie Danny Tirone, but the Trumbull, Conn., native was too tough to solve. He also got all the bounces to go his way with 34 saves.


"We are in a slump right now," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "And when it rains, sometimes it pours."


Yale poured shots on the visiting netminder enough to deserve a few lamp-lighters tonight.


"We are moving in the right direction. We just need to see some results," said Allain, whose squad is now 3-6 overall with a pair of ECAC contests up next weekend on the road.


The shots were 37-34 for the Wildcats, but there were times in all three frames when the Bulldogs were buzzing and creating top-notch puck movement and scoring opportunities. Yale even had seven straight shots on goal at one point.


Just one shot (from UNH) found a net in the first frame, but the first 20 did not lack offensive chances. The visitors had a 15-13 edge in shots on target.


The save of the period came midway through when Sam Tucker dove across the goal line to close off an empty side and rob Charlie Kelleher of a better-than grade-A chance with a shoulder save. The Eli junior had many more quality stops, but Tucker (33 saves) did not get support at the other end.


The Bulldogs had a one-shot edge in a scoreless second period. Ted Hart, Joe Snively, Robbie DeMontis and Ryan Hitchcock all created excellent scoring chances and nearly broke through but Tirone allow any openings.