NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There have been many classic meetings among the 259 Yale-Harvard hockey games. This one ranks up there with the best. The Bulldogs, down a goal twice to their rivals on White Out Night, came back to earn a 3-3 overtime tie in ECAC Hockey action before a sold-out Ingalls Rink.
After a scoreless opening period, the Elis erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of tallies almost three minutes apart. Jack St. Ivany took a pass from Dante Palecco and unleashed a rocket from the left point that hit the net at 14:58 of the second. Joe Snively, who had a two-point night, began the play by getting the puck to Palecco. It was St. ivany's first collegiate goal.
Yale made it 2-1 because Justin Pearson caused a turnover in the Harvard end and fed rookie classmate Kyle Johnson, who moved it over to Tyler Welsh. The sophomore right wing had speed coming into the left circle and temporarily lost control of the puck before slipping it past Michael Lackey (32 saves).
Harvard grabbed its second lead of the night on an advantage midway through the third, but the Blue answered 32 seconds later on a Snively wrist shot from the left circle.
"The thing I liked most about our team tonight was how we responded," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "They score a power play goal and we score the very next shift."
A ceremony on the ice at intermission added to the special night at the Whale. The Yale Hockey Association unveiled a portrait of long-time head coach Tim Taylor after the first period. Many of Taylor's players and colleagues, as well as members of his family, took part in the unveiling. The portrait will hang inside the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs (2-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) are back in action Saturday at home when Dartmouth comes to town for a 7 p.m. puck drop.