Yale blanks Colgate, moves up in the league standings

Yale blanks Colgate, moves up in the league standings

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Anthony Walsh, Mitchell Smith and Robbie DeMontis hit the net and Corbin Kaczperski stopped all 18 shots as the Bulldogs moved into fourth place after handing Colgate a 3-0 ECAC Hockey decision at Ingalls Rink.

Yale (12-9-3, 10-6-1 ECAC), which outshot the Raiders 32-18 without getting a power play, took advantage of its best opportunities.

The Bulldogs were skating downhill for the first two periods, dominating possession time and shots without any reward. That changed with a little over six minutes left in the second when Walsh banged home a rebound after shots rang off defenders and Colgate's goalie. The Smith twins, Mitchell and Evan, picked up assists on the tally.

"I snuck down [into the slot] and got lucky. I closed my eyes and prayed [it went in]," said Walsh, the Yale captain who notched his eighth career goal.

It wasn't an easy night for Kaczperski, who earned his first career shutout with 14 of his 18 stops in the final two periods. He also had to stop a pair of advantages, including a 6-on-4 over the last 90 seconds.

Mitchell Smith got another chance midway through the third to give the Elis a two-goal cushion and he didn't miss. After taking a lead pass from Kevin O'Neil, the junior forward skating in alone on Mitch Benson and flicked a shot off his pad. The puck sat free for a moment before Smith smacked it into the back of the net.

The Blue put the game away late in the third with the best-looking goal of the night. Curtis Hall stole the puck from a defenseman behind the Colgate net and then flicked it to Joe Snively, who moved it quickly in front to DeMontis, who one-timed it for his seventh of the year. The junior center's shot went top shelf to make it 3-0.

Keith Allain, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach liked what he saw tonight. "We played a really solid game in all three zones. If you defend like that, you are going to be a hard team to beat," he said.

Allain's squad gets another big test tomorrow night at 7 when No. 8 Cornell comes to the Whale looking to sweep the season series. There are a limited number of standing-room-only tickets remaining for Saturday's game.