Walsh Scores, Tucker Makes 21 Saves
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Having a decided advantage in puck possession and shots on goal does not always mean you get the desired result. This afternoon's non-league men's hockey clash between state rivals was a classic example. No. 15 Yale had 16 more shots than Connecticut, but the Huskies never trailed before finding an empty-netter to put it away, 3-1, at Ingalls Rink.
The Elis had an 11-8 edge in shots overall during a scoreless first period and then poured it on in the middle frame. Yale trailed 1-0 as time was running out in the second, despite outshooting the Huskies 17-5. With one last opportunity, Luke Stevens carried in over the blueline and passed the puck to the corner for Ted Hart, who then sent it back to the high slot hoping Anthony Walsh would be there. The Bulldog captain caught the pass, spun around and then fired glove side under Adam Huska's arm with half a second left.
The home team came within inches of having a different result. Yale hit the pipe three times and had leading scorer Joe Snively alone on Huska (33 saves) with 3:24 left in the third.
The Bulldogs (7-4-2), who had a 40-24 advantage in overall shots, pulled goalie Sam Tucker for an extra skater with 1:58 left and had a couple of quality looks at the net, but could not hold off the Huskies at the end.
The start of today's game was delayed 15 minutes after a UConn player broke a pane of glass behind the net during warmup time… Yale defensemen Phil Kemp and Jack St. Ivany are in British Columbia with the Team USA at the World Junior Championships. Team USA's final preliminary round contest is tonight at 10:30 ET against Finland… Former Yale captain John Hayden and the Chicago Blackhawks skate against the Boston Bruins in the 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity – email@example.com