NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In describing St. Lawrence’s 4-3 victory over the Yale Bulldogs, Eli head coach Tim Taylor found himself paraphrasing legendary football coach Bill Parcells.
“We know how to lose by a goal, but we haven’t proven we can win by one goal,” said Taylor, whose team has now lost nine contests by that margin. “That’s just another step we have to take.”
Rich Peverley’s goal at 10:46 of the second stanza was the game-winner for SLU. Peverley tipped in a shot from Allie Skelley’s shot from the blueline, leaving Eli netminder Dan Lombard — who made 31 saves on the evening — little chance of stopping it.
“This was a big win for us,” Saint head coach Joe Marsh said. “We did a good job defensively and with the forecheck. Yale played us tight and it was just a great hockey game.”
The first period saw St. Lawrence twice take the lead only to have Yale answer a short time later. The Saints, who outshot Yale 35-19 on the evening, took the game’s first four shots on net, the last of which put them on the scoreboard just 1:26 after the puck drop. Ryan Glenn fired home a 10-footer off a rebound to beat Lombard glove side.
The St. Lawrence advantage was short-lived, however. Jeff Dwyer fired on net from between the circles, and Saint goaltender Mike McKenna made the initial save, but the rebound caromed out to Evan Wax low in the left circle. Wax fired it into tie the game, 1-1, at the 4:33 mark.
Seven minutes later St. Lawrence was back on top. Glenn — who previously had only one goal on the season — made it two in a row, finding the net on a Yale power play. The Saints controlled the faceoff in the Yale end, and the puck quickly found its way to Glenn’s stick just inside the blue line. He sent a low liner past Lombard’s glove side.
Yale, still on the power play, responded 1:01 later when Vin Hellemeyer lit the lamp on a rebound from a Ryan Steeves shot to even the score at 2-2 at 12:06. It was Hellemeyer’s sixth goal in his last four games.
The home squad took its first and only lead of the game just 14 seconds into the second stanza when Eli captain Luke Earl shot a wrister from the left boards that deflected off of McKenna’s skate and over the goal line, putting Yale up 3-2.
Ziga Petac leveled the score at 3-3 at 4:45 in the second, beating Lombard low on a shot from the left circle.
After St. Lawrence took the lead just over six minutes later, Lombard and the Eli defense buckled down a bit, but the Yale offense did not muster many credible scoring threats during the second half of the contest. In fact, Yale only managed two shots on goal during the third period, despite being the recipient of three man advantages.