Late Equalizer Leaves Big Red With Tie at Yale

Late Equalizer Leaves Big Red With Tie at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior forward Mitch Vanderlaan had a pair of assists and the Cornell men's hockey team stormed back from a two-goal deficit, but Yale scored an extra-attacker goal with 50.5 seconds remaining in the third period to salvage a 3-3 tie on Friday night at Ingalls Rink.
 
Sam Tucker made 34 saves on the night and seemed primed to steal the game for Yale (7-8-1, 4-6-1 ECAC Hockey, 2-3-1 Ivy League). Though Cornell had more scoring chances in the first period, a very physical Yale team jumped out to the early lead with Robbie Deontis' goal at the 14:24 mark. With Tucker starring, Yale doubled its lead in the second period on Evan Smith's tap-in after a turnover in the defensive zone.
 
Cornell (13-2-1, 7-1-1, 4-1) turned the tides late in the period with junior defenseman Brendan Smith's goal, cutting the Yale lead to 2-1 with just 33.8 seconds left. It's the sixth time in 16 games this season that a defenseman had opened the scoring for the Big Red.
 
The momentum carried over into the third period, with the Big Red dominating. Senior forward Alex Rauterscored his fourth goal in the last six games just 1:09 into the final frame to tie the score at 2. Cornell continued to apply pressure until the 9:35 mark, when Yale's Dante Palecco was hauled down on a breakaway to lead to a penalty shot. He hit the post to freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda's right. Galajda finished the night with 26 saves.
 
Just 71 seconds later, freshman defenseman Alex Green – whose father competed as a varsity swimmer and graduated from Yale – gave Cornell its first lead of the night. The advantage stood until the Bulldogs pulled Tucker in favor of an extra attacker with 1:15 remaining, and Ryan Hitchcock scored 25 seconds later to knot the score for good. It was the first time this season either team had gone to overtime.

The Big Red's lineup:
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How The Goals Were Scored:
Yale's 1st Goal
1st period, 14:24  •  DeMontis 3 (Welsh, Curti)  •  Yale 1, Cornell 0   
• On a controlled breakout, Curti worked from behind the Yale net up the right wing, and Welsh's pass from the wall in the neutral zone sent DeMontis into the middle of the Big Red zone on a two-on-two with plenty of backside defensive pressure. With no other real options, he wristed a shot from the very top of the slot that hit Galajda – but the puck slithered through and over the goal line.
 
Yale's 2nd Goal
2nd period, 13:38  •  E. Smith 5 (Palecco, Hart)  •  Yale 2, Cornell 0   
• Snively feathered the puck down ice from the neutral zone and the Big Red anticipated icing, but the puck died just before it got to the goal line. The Bulldogs immediately created a turnover in the left corner, and Hart lost the handle on the puck as he cut toward the slot. It went right into the path of Palecco, whose shot from the slot went off Galajda's right elbow. Smith was free to tap it in at the post.
 
Cornell's 1st Goal
2nd period, 19:26.2  •  Smith 4 (Nuttle, Vanderlaan)  •  Yale 2, Cornell 1   
• With another great shift from the Starrett line, the Big Red had prolonged possession in the Bulldogs zone and denied the hosts any chance of getting tired skaters off the ice. That softened pressure on the puck with the Big Red on the perimeter. Vanderlaan worked up from the right corner and used Smith cutting down the wall as a decoy before sliding a pass across to Nuttle inside the left point. He one-timed a shot that was stopped, and it kicked back out toward the opposite side for Smith to bang into the net.
 
Cornell's 2nd Goal
3rd period, 1:09  •  Rauter 6 (Malott, McCrea)  •  Cornell 2, Yale 2 
• The Bulldogs cleared the zone on the left wing, but McCrea quickly forced the puck back up the middle. The Big Red quickly got onside, and Malott's touch pass from the center of the ice toward the opposite side sent Rauter into the left circle. With reinforcements setting up down the middle, Rauter opted to shoot and rifled a shot perfectly into the upper corner inside the far post over Tucker's glove.
 
Cornell's 3rd Goal
3rd period, 10:46  •  Green 2 (Angello, Vanderlaan)  •  Cornell 3, Yale 2 
• Hitchcock won a faceoff cleanly into the corner to Tucker's left, but Vanderlaan was quick off his spot on the hash marks and easily gained possession. As he worked behind the net, he dished off to Green coming down from the left point. From behind the net to Tucker's right, he set up Angello for a one-timer from the slot that was smashed wide of the near post. Green collected behind the net, came around the far side while averting defenders and shoveled a backhand over Tucker's blocker.
 
Yale's 3rd Goal
3rd period, 19:05.5  •  Hitchcock 3 (Snively, O'Neil)  •  Cornell 3, Yale 3 
• With Tucker pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Bulldogs worked the puck along the left wing to have O'Neil tee up Snively for a one-timer from the top of the circle. But he slightly mistimed the shot, and it just trickled off the heel of his stick – except that it slid to the far post, where Hitchcock was wide open to tap it into the empty net.

Up Next:
• Cornell wraps up this weekend's New England trip with a 7 p.m. Saturday game at Brown.