Greta Skarzynski and Charlotte Welch had two goals each as the Yale Women’s Hockey team scored six consecutive times on the way to a 6-2 win over UConn in the first game of the Nutmeg Classic at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena.
Junior Gianna Meloni stopped 24 of 26 shots including numerous quality chances to earn the win in net.
After falling behind 2-0 early in the opening frame, Saroya Tinker celebrated her 100th collegiate game by producing a much-needed goal for Yale. The senior blueliner from Oshawa, Ont., faked out UConn goalie Morgan Fisher by preparing to wrap the puck around the boards from the blueline. Tinker hesitated, as the Huskies’ goalie looked to get a jump on stopping it behind the net, and then the Bulldog fired a shot into an open side of the net for her first of the season and fifth of her career.
“It didn’t feel good right off the bat,” said Mark Bolding, Yale’s Susan Cavanagh Head Coach, referring to the team’s rough start. “I’m happy how we responded. We kept with it and got rewarded in the second period.”
Tinker was at it again to set up the next tally. Skarzynski one-timed her perfect crossing feed at the point at 4:07 of the second to tie the contest before Welch continued to tilt the ice for the Bulldogs. The sophomore wing banged home a rebound of a Claire Dalton shot and then poked in a loose puck late in the middle period to make it 4-2.
Tess Dettling did a great job to set up Skarzynski for Yale’s fifth straight tally in the third. The junior forward kept the puck in the zone and skated into space before flipping it over to her classmate. Ten minutes later, Dalton put the finishing touches on the win with a low wrister pat Fisher’s stick.
“Our D really stepped it up,” said Bolding. “Our kids can shoot, and we’ve working on that low-to-high. It’s a fun game when you respond like that.”
The Bulldogs (6-4), who got three goals and six points from the blueline, skate tomorrow at 4 p.m. against the winner of the UMD-Quinnipiac game to determine the 2019 Nutmeg Classic Championship.