Clarkson Hands Yale Home Loss

Photo by Brenna McGowan
Photo by Brenna McGowan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A day after falling behind early before coming back, the Yale Bulldogs had the script flipped on Saturday night. After scoring the first goal, the Bulldogs gave up four unanswered goals to fall to Clarkson 4-1 on home ice.

"We can be a good hockey team when we want to be," said Yale captain Ryan Hitchcock. "We can't have ten minute letdowns like we did tonight."

Yale (3-3-0, 3-3-0 ECAC) carried its torrid pace from Friday into its second game of the weekend, attacking Jake Rielly early. One of the Bulldogs' 13 shots found the back of the net, as Dante Palecco recorded his fourth goal in two games. The freshman parked on the backdoor of the crease, capitalizing on a Ryan Hitchcock feed. Hitchcock collected the puck after a failed Clarkson clear, and pushed it through the chaos in front of the net to Palecco.

Clarkson (8-3-1, 4-0-0) roared back to life in the second period, collecting three goals in 4:28 to take a 3-1 lead. Nine different Golden Knights factored into the scoring, which also featured two goals in 37 seconds that turned a 1-1 game into a 3-1 Clarkson lead. A period after being outshot, the Golden Knights took 11 shots while limiting the Elis to four.

The third period featured more wide open hockey, with both Kielly and Tucker making strong saves to keep the game close. Clarkson added a power play marker to extend its lead to 4-1 with just under five minutes left in the game. Tucker finished with 32 saves on 36 shots.

"Quite frankly, we missed the net on some chances," said Hitchcock. "(But) we had good chances."

The Blue and White hit the road next weekend, traveling to Princeton on Friday to take on the Tigers.