NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team has won two straight games over quality Hockey East teams and has earned victories in four of its last five games overall thanks to a 5-3 win tonight over the UMass Minutemen at Ingalls Rink.
Joe Snively, a junior forward who earned first-star honors, had two goals and three points as the Bulldogs improved to 7-8 overall. He was the primary catalyst in his squad's production of offensive chances, which generated 78 attempted shots.
Sophomore forward Luke Stevens got the home team on the board first nearly four minutes into the contest when he re-directed an Anthony Walsh pass. UMass answered with two straight to take a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.
The Elis got goals from three of their four lines tonight, which is crucial for a squad heading into the thick of its conference slate.
"We can't win with just five guys scoring goals," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
Junior JM Piotrowski got the Blue offense jumping again in the second with a one-timer rip from a Brett Jewell feed at 6:53 to make it 2-2. That was the first of three straight Yale tallies as the ice completely titled in favor of the home team.
"When we are playing well, we are winning the battles and the races," said Allain. "Not just from two or three guys. The [shots and pressure] come in waves. A lot of goals come on the third shift great shift [in a row]."
Yale made waves tonight by outshooting UMass 38-25 and taking care of details at both ends of the rink.
Senior defenseman Adam Larkin blasted a slapshot off a Snively feed at 17:14 to provide the Elis a lead they would not relinquish. Snively's shot from the left dot zipped inside the far post through some traffic for his team-high 8th of the year and a two-goal cushion at 9:19 of the third.
"I was going to make a change, but Curti [Charlie] caused a great turnover," said Snively, who added an empty-netter after the Minutemen cut the margin to 4-3 midway through the third. I chipped it around the defense and was able to get a shot to the net."
Allain recognized Snively's effort tonight. "He had a very good game. He was a threat all night long."
Sophomore goalie Corbin Kaczperski, making his third collegiate start and first at Ingalls Rink, made 22 saves for Yale. He and the Elis stopped three of four UMass advantages.