NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Good teams find ways to win games following emotional rivalry contests. Yale, which skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday with Ancient Eight rival Cornell, notched a 3-point weekend by dominating Colgate in a 5-1 victory at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs (8-8-1, 5-6-1 ECAC), who are 5-1-1 over the last seven outings, got two goals from Ted Hart, 19 saves from Corbin Kaczperski and an all-out, 60-minute effort from every white jersey in an ECAC Hockey win that put Yale in sixth place.
The Bulldogs spent much of the first period pelting Colgate goalie Colton Point with rubber. They produced so many great scoring chances without finding the net, it would have been tough to see the visitors score first. Fortunately for the home squad, that didn't happen because of a nifty Ted Hart backhander.
The junior forward took a perfect pass from defenseman Charlie Curti, who was along the left boards looking for the speedy winger in the left circle. Hart quickly turned the pass around and flicked it inside the near post.
The Bulldogs limited the Raiders to 13 shots on target over the first 40 minutes, but Colgate still had its share of quality chances. The best opportunity was a perfectly executed 2-on-1 that resulted in a one-timer from the edge of the right circle that Kaczperski stole with his glove. Judges from any country would have given him a 9 or a 10 for the save, which had him waiting for the pass to be made before he moved across the crease and raised his Vaughn glove to snare the shot like Superman snatching a bullet out of the air.
"That was as good a save as I've seen this year," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, who said he planned to play both goalies this weekend. "That's for sure, it was a fantastic save. He had a really good night for us."
Yale took full advantage of the great play by gaining more momentum at the other end. A perfectly executed face-off by the Elis in their own end gave Joe Snively a breakaway opportunity he cashed in for his 10th tally of the year.
Forward Robbie DeMontis won the draw back to blueliner Phil Kemp, who sauced a pass through the center of the ice that split two defenders at mid ice and was scooped up by Snively. Heading toward the net with speed, he decided to unleash a low snap shot glove side to make it 2-0.
Hart was at it again to improve Yale's lead to three early in the third. Point, the backup goalie on the IIHF World Juniors gold medal Canadian National Team, fell victim to his forehand this time.
"It came off a fore-check," said Hart, who now his six goal this year. "Evan Smith fore-checked a defenseman and got the turnover. I was coming in through the slot and was able to catch and shoot five-hole."
"He's got good speed, and he was able to break free tonight. He beat a really good goalie, one of the best in the country. Good to see him score. We need him to score," said Allain.
It was an important score because the Raiders managed to get one past Yale's second-year netminder on a power play to bring it to 3-1 early in the third. Instead of a momentum swing, the Elis added a Robbie DeMontis empty-netter before Mitchell Smith skated in alone on Point and zipped a writer stick side with 27 seconds left.
The Bulldogs, who have won three straight at home, are back at the Whale next weekend to host Union and RPI.