The Bulldogs nearly upset sixth-ranked Cornell (4-0-0, 3-0-0) in a 4-3 loss that saw Yale carry a lead into the third period of Friday's home opener.
Despite the loss, Susan Cavanagh Head Coach Joakim Flygh was impressed with his team's performance. "The kids responded well from last week. I thought our effort was outstanding. As a coach, you can't ask for anything else," said Flygh.
Senior defenseman Julia Yetman kicked off the scoring at Ingalls with a tally from outside the crease to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Sophomore forward Lucy Burton assisted on the goal for her first career assist.
Sophomore forward Rebecca Foggia piled on with her first collegiate goal to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 late in the second. Burton recorded her second assist of the night on Foggia's goal, and junior forward Sophie Veronneau earned her first career assist as well.
The Big Red responded to the 2-0 deficit with two unanswered goals of their own, but senior captain Emma Vlasic broke the tie with a pinpoint wrist shot from the slot early in the third. Vlasic's first goal of the season came off an opportune setup from Yetman. Kirsten Nergaard notched the secondary assist.
"We threw the puck around a little too much last week and didn't create enough scoring opportunities. Our puck management was better tonight, and it paid dividends for us on offense," said Flygh.
Tera Hofmann battled hard in net for the Elis, stopping 32 shots and defusing several Cornell odd-man rushes. Yale's penalty kill unit proved formidable, blanking the Big Red's power play four times in four opportunities.
The Bulldogs were buzzing in the final minute of play with an extra attacker in Cornell's zone. The game came down to a Saroya Tinker slapshot from the point which was blocked by a defender as time expired.
Yale wraps up its first homestand tomorrow against Colgate. Puck drop is at 3 pm at Ingalls.