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Yale Leaves Belfast with Win, Tie

Yale notched a season-high 6 goals today (William Cherry image)
Yale notched a season-high 6 goals today (William Cherry image)

6-3 Win Over UConn Today


BELFAST, Ireland – Irish Eyes were smiling on Kevin O'Neil and the Yale Men's Hockey Team in their 6-3 win over Connecticut in the third-place contest of the Friendship Four.

O'Neil, a sophomore wing, helped the Bulldogs (3-2-2) break open a 2-2 game midway through the second period with two goals on the way to a season-high offensive output.

"It was really special out there," said O'Neil, who had lots of family with Irish heritage in the stands. Summing up the entire Friendship Four experience (including visiting the schools), he added, "This really makes me appreciate what we have. It's been a great week here."

Joe Snively, Luke Stevens, Curtis Hall and Brett Jewell had the other Yale tallies, while senior goalie Sam Tucker, who led the Blue on 5 of 6 successful penalty kills, made 34 saves.

Stevens' goal 16 seconds into the middle frame tied it at 1-1 and got things going for the Elis, who leave Belfast Sunday with a tie (1-1 with Union) and a win along with a total of seven goals.  

"We got scoring from all 4 lines. It takes a lot of pressure off you when you put pucks in the net," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "But this was a lot closer than a 6-3 game."

Yale and UConn (5-8-1) each had 37 shots on goal and one power-play tally. They meet again in New Haven on New Year's Eve at 4 p.m. ET.



By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity