Rensselaer Falls at Yale

Rensselaer Falls at Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five different players found the back of the net to lead the Yale University men's hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on Saturday night at Ingalls Rink. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 9-9-1 overall (6-7-1 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 4-18-4 (3-10-2 ECAC Hockey).

Both sides had early odd-man rush attempts go by the wayside, before Yale junior Joe Snively hit the right post with seven minutes left in the first period on a shorthanded breakaway.

Earlier in that man advantage, RPI freshman Donovan Ott (Lebanon, PA/Johnstown Tomahawks) had chance at rebound front of goal, but Bulldogs sophomore netminder Corbin Kaczperski (China Township, MI/Lone Star Brahmas) was able to keep it out of the net.

Yale struck first at 5:05 of the second period on junior defenseman Charlie Curti's (Mound, MN/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) first goal of the season. Receiving a pass at the top of the right circle, he walked in and fired over the right shoulder of RPI freshman goaltender Linden Marshall (Victoria, BC/Trail Smoke Eaters).

RPI tied it up 26 seconds later, when junior Meirs Moore (Duluth, MN/Victoria Grizzlies) potted his first of the year off a feed from sophomore Jacob Hayhurst (Missassauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders). Classmate Patrick Polino (Buffalo, NY/Lincoln Stars) picked up the secondary assist.

The Bulldogs regained the lead at 6:55 on an unassisted tally from freshman Dante Palecco (Whippany, NJ/Green Bay Gamblers). Sophomore Luke Stevens (Duxbury, MA/Nobles and Greenough School) made it 3-1 with a power play goal at 11:49.

Snively was able to convert on his third breakaway of the night, firing past Marshall, blocker side, at 18:28 of the second. The shorthanded marker, which made it a 4-1 game, was unassisted.

Freshman Kevin O'Neil (Latham, NY/Madison Capitals) scored 1:51 into the third for a 5-1 advantage. His shot from a tight angle caromed off Marshall and in, after the netminder was down from stopping a shot from senior Adam Larkin (Clarkston, MI/Muskegon Lumberjacks).

???????Kaczperski (4-1-0) finished with 24 saves, while Marshall (3-11-2) had 32, including 14 in the second period alone. The Bulldogs went 3 for 6 on the power play, while RPI wound up 0 for 5.

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, when they take on Union College in the Sixth Annual Mayor's Cup, at the Times Union Center in Albany. Puck drop is scheduled for 6pm. Yale travels to No. 2 Clarkson and St. Lawrence next Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), respectively.