Strong Third Powers Bulldogs

Photo by Brenna McGowan
Photo by Brenna McGowan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  Kyra O'Brien made 28 saves and Yale used a four-goal third period to take a 5-1 win over the Dartmouth Big Green on Friday night.

Both sides battled to a scoreless first period, Yale (2-4-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) outshooting Dartmouth (2-5-0, 1-3-0) by a 10-7 margin. O'Brien and Christie Honor (22 saves on 27 shots) both stood firm for each team. Honor had recorded a shutout in each Dartmouth win this season.

The Bulldogs took advantage of an early power play in the second period to finally break Honor. Emma Vlasic powered home her first goal of the season just 1:25 into the frame. Greta Skarzynski and Mallory Souliotis each recorded an assist on the play.

Dartmouth answered back near the end of the period. Kate Landers evened the score for the Big Green on the only shot to beat O'Brien on the night.

With the score tied at 1, Julia Yetman continued her hot start to the season. She took the puck and popped it past Honor, with assists to Grace Wickens and Courtney Pensavalle. Yetman leads the Bulldogs in points on the season with six.

Eden Murray scored back to back goals in the middle of the third to extend the lead for Yale. Murray's second of the season came on another assist from Skarzynski. Her third followed just under three minutes after, a power play marker from Pensavalle and Lauren Moriyama.

Laura Anderson capped it off with a power play goal, Yale's third of the game, with eight seconds remaining. Kaitlin Gately set up the play and earned an assist, while Pensavalle collected her third of the day.

O'Brien took home her first win of the season in her first start, second appearance. The junior goaltender now has a 1.20 goals against average on the year to go along with a .965 save percentage.

Yale continues its Ivy League road trip with an afternoon battle against Harvard on Saturday.