Balanced Scoring Leads Yale to Win over RPI

Balanced Scoring Leads Yale to Win over RPI

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – You need balanced scoring to sustain success in college hockey, especially with the quality goaltending you face in ECAC Hockey. The Yale men's hockey team showed great balance tonight – goals from five different players – in a 5-1 conference win over Rensselaer at the Whale.

Forwards Joe SnivelyLuke StevensKevin O'Neil and Dante Palecco and defenseman Charlie Curti all found the net, with four of the tallies coming in the second period, as the Bulldogs improved to 6-2-1 over their last nine games and got back to .500 overall this season.

Sophomore goalie Corbin Kaczperski stopped 24 of 25 shots and all five power plays he faced while watching Yale's other special teams unit cash in on half of its opportunities. The Elis' power play came through on three of six chances to help bring the overall record to 9-9-1 (6-7-1 ECAC).

"It felt like our power play has been better the last three or four games, and we haven't gotten the results," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "Our speed and transition game were really effective tonight."

The speed Coach Allain referred to helped his squad create a number of quality chances over the weekend ECAC set. Both nights featured multiple breakaways.

"We are at our best when we are playing a fast game," said Yale captain Ryan Hitchcock. "when that happens, we can be one of the best teams in the league."

The win moved the Blue into a three-way tie for fifth place with Dartmouth and Colgate at 13 points.

"You want consistency in your performance, and I think that's what we've been getting recently," said Allain, whose squad hits the road next weekend for games in the North Country.

"We are at our best when we are playing a fast game," said Yale captain Ryan Hitchcock. "when that happens, we can be one of the best teams in the league."