Yale Defensemen Get Offensive
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three defensemen found the net and Sam Tucker made 22 saves as the Yale Men's Hockey Team registered a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence at Ingalls Rink and moved into a tie for first place with 15 points.
The No. 19 Bulldogs (9-6-3, 7-3-1 ECAC), who had a season-high 50 shots on target, earned the victory by pelting Saints goalie Daniel Manella (47 saves) with rubber.
"We played a really good game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "Any time you generate 50 shots, you have to be doing a lot of good things offensively."
The Blue, now tied with Cornell and Quinnipiac atop the ECAC standings, opened the scoring in the second period with shots from the point by Charlie Curti and Phil Kemp. Curti took a pass from Evan Smith, while Kemp, who also had an assist, was set up by Justin Pearson (2 assists). Yale attempted 53 shots in the middle frame and had a 25-5 advantage in shots on goal, which enabled them to take a two-goal lead into the third.
Yale has had two defensemen score goals in the same game twice this season. This was the first time they accounted for all the tallies.
A Bulldog got his first career goal early in the third period to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Graham Lillibridge, a rookie, took a Kevin O'Neil feed and fired a long shot where grandma hides the cookies, the third top shelf placement of the night.
"It's unusual," said Curti of the accomplishment. "It's good to see Graham [Lillibridge] get his first, and great to get contributions from the back end," said Curti.
The Elis, who also got a pair of helpers from Andrew Gaus, are back in action next weekend on the road with conference games against Union and RPI.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org