First period goals propels Yale to victory over RPI

First period goals propels Yale to victory over RPI

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The unbeaten streak is now at five games for the Yale Men's Hockey Team after a 4-2 win over RPI at Ingalls Rink.

Justin Pearson had two goals and one assist while Mitchell Smith and Tyler Welsh each had two assists as the Bulldogs outshot the Engineers 35-16.  

Yale (6-2-2, 5-2-1 ECAC), which had not played a home game in a month, took advantage of the friendly crowd by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Senior forward Andrew Gaus created the first goal by winning the puck and making an incredible pass to set up Pearson for a one-timer in the lower left circle.

"I saw Goose (Andrew Gaus) taking it behind the net. He made a great play to get it to me, and I just slammed it home," said Pearson, the first-year forward whose three-point night is a high for his young career.

Sophomore defenseman Phil Kemp, who was recently named to the preliminary roster of the U.S. National Team for the IIHF Junior Worlds, banged home a rebound in the lower left circle at 6:15 to make it 2-0.

Pearson got his second of the night at 9:36 of the third, and it certainly was a heads-up play by the rookie. "Welshie [Tyler Welsh] did a great job taking it to the net, and I just drove the middle. The puck hit my helmet and went in," said Pearson.

The significance of Yale's fourth goal, from Evan Smith, was more than just being the clincher; It was a "twin tally." Mitchell Smithmade a pretty, crossing pass that hit his twin brother in stride in the low slot for a one-timer by the junior forward.

Junior Corbin Kaczperski made 14 saves to earn the win in net for the Elis, who host No. 11 Union on Saturday night at the Whale.


ECAC Hockey will honor referee Bryan Hicks, who is working his final collegiate game on Saturday at Ingalls, prior to the Union game… Union and Brown skated to a 3-3 OT tie at Providence tonight… Saturday is the second meeting of the Bulldogs and Dutchmen, who skated to a 1-1 tie at Belfast last month.