DURHAM, N.H. - A season-best day for Tera Hofmann gave the Yale Bulldogs a shot in their final game of the 2017 calendar year, but the New Hampshire Wildcats took the overtime victory 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
New Hampshire (9-6-5) found the net in the first period, pocketing a goal on a deflection in front of the crease. The tip came as a Yale penalty ended, with only four Bulldogs on the ice. Hofmann (45 saves on 48 shots) made 11 saves in the frame as Yale was outshot 12-4, including three penalty kills.
Yale (3-9-4) answered in the second period on another power play goal by Greta Skarzynski. Skarzynski skated the puck in from the blue line and fired a wrist shot past Ava Boutilier (22 saves on 24 shots) to tie the game at one. The goal gave Skarzynski eight on the season, tying line-mate Emma Vlasic for most on the team.
The second period was marred with more penalties as the Wildcats had another three power plays. New Hampshire capitalized on one to take a 2-1 lead after Skarzynski's marker.
Yale found its rhythm in the third, attacking New Hampshire in the Wildcats' zone repeatedly before breaking through. Emily Monaghan got the puck on a feed by Jordan Chancellor after a steal and tucked it past Boutilier to tie the game at two.
New Hampshire continued to press in the final frame, mustering 17 shots, but Hofmann did not yield a goal in the period.
Three periods was not enough for this game as Hofmann continued her dominance all game long. New Hampshire found the back of the net in overtime to take the win, but Hofmann was sensational throughout the day.
Yale returns to action in January, as they host the Quinnipiac Bobcats on the 2nd.