Cats Advance in Nutmeg Classic Shootout
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A vigorous comeback fell just short of astounding victory on Friday afternoon for the Yale Bulldogs. Facing off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic, the Bulldogs fell 4-3 in a shootout. The game will go down as a tie for both teams after finishing overtime with a 3-3 score.
Quinnipiac (8-7-1, 4-4-1 ECAC) jumped early, picking up a goal midway through the first period. However, first year player Greta Skarzynski answered shortly afterward on an assist from Emma Vlasic. The two top line players for the Bulldogs combined to tie the game at one, while goalie Tera Hofmann made eight saves in the frame. She would finish with a strong 29 saves in the game, preserving a point for Yale (2-6-3, 1-5-3).
The Bobcats collected two goals late in the second period to pull ahead 3-1 going into the third. However, Yale refused to back down, pouring in two goals in 24 seconds to open the third period. Skarzynski collected her second of the day with Vlasic connecting on another assist before Vlasic picked up a goal of her own to tie the game at three.
The five minute overtime ended tied, before Quinnipiac won the shootout 2-1 in four rounds. Emma Vlasic finished off her strong day with the only Yale goal in the skills competition, which was only used to determine who moved on in the tournament.
The Bulldogs will face the loser of the night game between UConn and Penn State at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant