The Bulldogs are heading into the break with a three-game win streak after one of the gutsiest performances of the year. Corbin Kaczperski stopped 31 of 32 shots and three different teammates found the net in an extremely hard-fought, 3-1 win over Maine at Ingalls Rink.
One of the many Kaczperski stops was a 4-on-4 breakaway by Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, who was fresh from a four-minute stint in the visitor's penalty box. The Black Bears could have tied the game with 6:30 left in the third, but the Yale netminder knocked the shot aside.
Kaczperski, who helped the penalty-kill unit prevent Maine from scoring on five chances, said, "we didn't start the year off well on the PK at all, but we spent a lot of hours hammering away in practice. I also had to be better, but we're finally starting to get it and we're feeling good."
Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, was impressed with his team. "We were good tonight, even though we were in the box more than we wanted to be. Maine has a great power play, but we were able to shut them down."
The Black Bears got on the board in the first minute, but the Bulldogs used a Tyler Welsh tally to even the score midway through the frame. Justin Pearson dug the puck out of the corner and gave it to the junior right wing. Welsh saw Curtis Hall streaking toward the right post and put the puck in a perfect spot for a tip-in, but the puck glanced off the skate of a Maine defender covering Hall and bounced into the top of the net.
After coming close a few times early in the second, the home team made it 2-1 with a rush. Kevin O'Neil began the scoring sequence by making a lead pass to Hayden Rowan, his center. The first-year Bulldog flicked a back-hand lead pass for Luke Stevens, who was cruising through the high slot. Stevens gathered the pass and then feathered a wrist shot past Black Bears' goalie Jeremy Swayman at 5:23.
This contest included a crazy third period filled with penalties and advantages for both sides. One of the advantages, the eighth of the night for Yale, turned into a 3-1 lead for the Elis. Jack St. Ivany fired a shot from the point that Hall re-directed from the low slot for his team-high sixth goal of the year.
Yale is back in action on Dec. 29 against McGill at Ingalls Rink, a 4 p.m. faceoff.