Yale falls behind early, fails to comeback against Minnesota

Yale falls behind early, fails to comeback against Minnesota

New Haven, CONN. -- A powerful, Botthof slap shot from the blue line and a lucky deflection gave the Yale women's hockey team life before falling 3-1 to second-ranked Minnesota at Ingalls on Saturday.

Down 2-0, first-year defenseman Tabea Botthof pounced on a loose puck off the boards and powered it through traffic to halve Minnesota's lead early in the third. First-year forwards Rebecca Vanstone and Charlotte Welch collected their third and fourth assists on the play.

Junior netminder Tera Hofmann kept the Gophers silent after two first period goals. She made 41 saves on 43 shots. Her save percentage improves to .934 and her goals allowed average drops to .238.

Minnesota's Grace Zumwinkle tallied her fourth goal of the weekend with an empty net conversion to give the Gophers a 3-1 lead and secure the win 

The Yale women's hockey team plays another two-game set next weekend against Vermont at Ingalls.