NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Snively, St. Ivany and Welsh has a nice ring to it, like a name for a business comprised of college teammates. Those three names were all business tonight, especially on the power play. Joe Snively, Jack St. Ivany and Tyler Welsh each had a goal and two assists as Yale closed out Rensselaer in a best-of-3 ECAC Hockey Playoff series. The Bulldogs blanked the Engineers 4-0 and swept the series in two games.
The Elis (15-13-3) used a pair of power-play tallies combining that trio and a perfect night from senior goalie Sam Tucker (25 saves) to advance to the conference quarterfinal round next weekend on the road against either Clarkson or Harvard.
The Bulldogs, who got their first goal on Friday in the second period, applied early pressure tonight and got immediate results. Snively skated out from behind the net and delivered the puck to St. Ivany, the first-year blueliner who was moving in from the point. St. Ivany one-timed it over goalie Owen Savory's shoulder 4:03 into the game.
Yale jumped all over its first advantage of the night to increase the lead with a tic-tac-toe tally by Snively on a play that included St. Ivany feeding Welsh. The sophomore one-touched the feed to the senior forward. Snively's one-timer, slapshot whizzed past the RPI goalie at 6:06 of the second to make it 2-0.
"We wanted to go into this game with a killer instinct and put them away," said Snively, whose 4-point weekend gave him 139 (9th at Yale) for his career. "We weren't even thinking there was a game tomorrow. We were playing this like it was do or die."
Snively returned the favor as time was running out in the middle frame to make it 3-0. Welsh, standing in the slot with some space, one-timed a slapshot top shelf on Savory after a perfect, one-touch Snively feed.
Tucker, who notched his third career shutout with nine saves in the first and third periods, got solid reviews from his coach.
"We needed some big saves and he [Tucker] made them tonight. I thought he was strong throughout the game," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
The netminder from Wilton, Conn., felt like the shutout was more of a team effort.
"Corbin [Kaczperski] and I have been pushing each other every day in practice to get better. This was the epitome of a total team effort," said Tucker, who had a breakaway glove save on Todd Burgess at 7:33 of the second.
Yale, which will learn where it is heading Sunday night after St. Lawrence and Dartmouth complete their series, heads to Boston if the Saints win. If the Big Green pulls it out, the Elis go to Potsdam next weekend.