Yale holds on to beat St. Lawrence

Yale holds on to beat St. Lawrence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three defensemen found the net and Sam Tucker made 22 saves as the Yale Men's Hockey Team registered a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence at Ingalls Rink.

The No. 19 Bulldogs (9-6-3, 7-3-1 ECAC), who had a season-high 50 shots on target, earned the victory by pelting Saints goalie Daniel Manella (47 saves) with rubber.

"We played a really good game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "Any time you generate 50 shots, you have to be doing a lot of good things offensively."

The Blue opened the scoring in the second period with shots from the point by Charlie Curti and Phil Kemp. Curti took a pass from Evan Smith, while Kemp, who also had an assist, was set up by Justin Pearson (2 assists).  Yale attempted 53 shots in the middle frame and had a 25-5 advantage in shots on goal, which enabled them to take a two-goal lead into the third.

Yale has had two defensemen score goals in the same game twice this season. This was the first time they accounted for all the tallies.

A Bulldog got his first career goal early in the third period to give the home team a 3-0 lead. Graham Lillibridge, a rookie, took a Kevin O'Neil feed and fired a long shot where grandma hides the cookies, the third top shelf placement of the night.

"It's unusual," said Curti of the accomplishment. "It's good to see Graham [Lillibridge] get his first, and great to get contributions from the back end," said Curti.

The Elis, who also got a pair of helpers from Andrew Gaus, are back in action next weekend on the road with conference games against Union and RPI.