Yale Drops RIT to Open Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Even when Yale was playing their first game of the year, it knew to finish strong as well. A big third period propelled the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over RIT to start off the 2017-18 season.
Tera Hofmann stopped 27 shots while picking up the win. She was stellar in the first period, stopping all 8 shots she faced.
Yale took two penalties, both from Saroya Tinker, but held firm on the penalty kill with Hofmann behind them. The Bulldogs had two chances on the player advantage of their own in the first frame. However, they couldn't capitalize despite numerous chances in front of RIT goalie Jessi O'Leary.
RIT took control of the second frame with a 15-5 shot difference, but Hofmann was up to the task, collecting 14 saves.
The two sides traded goals in the second when Kandice Sheriff potted her third of the season for the Tigers.
The 1-0 lead for RIT did not last long as Yale scored 4:10 later on a power play goal from Emily Monaghan. Greta Skarzynski picked up an assist on the play, her first career point. Skarzynski ripped the shot on net, and it hit Monaghan before dropping into the goal behind O'Leary.
The Bulldogs took over in the third period from the opening face-off. Kaitlin Gately scored 39 seconds into the frame, sliding inside the slot before firing the puck past O'Leary to give Yale the 2-1 lead.
Jordan Chancellor added another goal just 1:23 after, bouncing a puck off of an RIT forward into the net for a 3-1 Bulldogs lead.
Yale out shot RIT in the final frame 18-5, finishing the game at 28 shots for each side.
The two teams face off again Saturday at one.
Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant