Yale Falls in Close Battle With RPI

Photo by Brenna McGowan
Photo by Brenna McGowan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - One day after a magical overtime win, the Yale Bulldogs fell just short in a tight battle. The Bulldogs scored the first goal, but couldn't break RPI for any more in a 3-1 defeat.

Yale (3-7-4, 2-6-2 ECAC) carried its momentum from last night's win into the start of the game. The Bulldogs hit the net 10 times in the frame, including the opening goal. Sophie Veronneau knocked home a puck in front of the crease for her first goal of the season, giving Yale a 1-0 lead.

RPI (7-7-4, 4-1-1) answered back on the power play, their only special teams advantage of the night. A puck bounced in front of Tera Hofmann (19 saves on 21 shots) and found its way into the net on the slap of an Engineer stick. Hofmann was superb throughout the game, stopping multiple shots in close for the second night in a row.

Both sides struggled to find the back of the net in the second period. Hofmann made six saves, including a few in close. Yale added nine shots, but couldn't break Lovisa Selander (27 saves on 28 shots).

Another tight period followed in the third, with defense carrying the torch. RPI managed to deflect a puck past Hofmann for a goal midway through the period before adding an empty net goal for the 3-1 final.