NEW HAVEN, Conn. - ECAC play typically involves closely fought hockey. The Yale Bulldogs played a close game of their own against RPI, tying the Engineers 2-2 on Friday night.
Yale (1-1-1, 0-0-1 ECAC) opened up the conference slate with a slow start, taking three penalties in the first period and eight total for the game. However, Tera Hofmann held her own in net for Yale, limiting RPI to a 1-7 power play performance. She finished with 36 saves, her most ever against the Engineers.
The first two frames belonged to the Engineers, as they outshot the Bulldogs 28-11. However, Hofmann stood firm, allowing only two goals.
"(Tera) kept us in the game a few times when we let up some breakaways and chances," said Yale forward Courtney Pensavalle.
RPI (2-4-1, 0-0-1 ECAC) took the first lead of the game on a power play goal in the second period.
Yale answered halfway through the frame, with Mallory Souliotis scoring a power play goal of her own. Jordan Chancellor and Laura Anderson picked up assists on the play, the first of two in the game for Anderson. She led the Bulldogs in points for the day.
RPI took the lead once more just 2:16 later, and continued to pepper Hofmann with shots.
Yale responded in the third period as Pensavalle added a goal midway into the period. Julia Yetman and Anderson each added an assist.
"(Yetman) put a hard shot on the ice from the corner, the goalie bobbled the rebound, and I just popped it in," said Pensavalle. "It was definitely a greasy goal."
Overtime was where the Bulldogs shined, outshooting the Engineers 6-0 in the five minute frame. However, they could not crack Lovisa Selander, who finished with 25 saves.
"We were definitely playing a good team game by the end, and had more urgency and desperation," said Pensavalle.
The Bulldogs continue their road trip to start off the season when they take on Union Saturday afternoon.