SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – They had their chance. The No. 20 Bulldogs were up 3-1 late in the game and ended up falling 4-3 in OT to No. 14 Union tonight in ECAC Hockey action.
Anthony Rinaldi, who had two goals, scored at 1:50 of the extra session off a rush to give Union the come-from-behind victory.
Yale junior Robbie DeMontis scored a pair of third-period goals after Joe Snively had given the Elis (9-7-3, 7-4-1 ECAC) a 1-0 advantage with his second shorthanded tally of the year in the second frame.
When DeMontis, who matched his career-high with the two scores, found the net the second time, on an extended power play, the Bulldogs had an opportunity to put the game away in the third. However, the rest of a five-minute advantage was wiped away with a Yale penalty and the Dutchmen (12-6-4, 5-5-1) got their opening to make something happen in the third meeting of nationally ranked teams.
The Elis, who skated to a 1-1 tie with Union in Ireland in November before taking a 3-0 game at New Haven in December, got 29 saves from Sam Tucker. Now in a three-way tie for second place in the ECAC with 15 points, Yale skates at RPI Saturday at 7 p.m.