Kaczperski's 29 Saves Help Beat Pioneers
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three Bulldogs scored goals and Corbin Kaczperski made 29 saves as the Yale Men's Hockey Team registered a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart before 3,156 at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs (8-5-3) had a 34-30 edge in shots and used a pair of second period goals to get ahead for good.
The Pioneers (5-11-2) had the only tally in the first period, but the Elis bounced back with a pair in the second. Senior Andrew Gaus pulled the puck from a scrum and flicked it over SHU goalie Josh Benson's shoulder at 7:27 to even things. Almost three minutes later, junior Mitchell Smith grabbed the puck in the corner and hit rookie Justin Pearson with a perfect feed in the high slot. The Yale rookie forward took a few strides and fired through a screen over the goalie's shoulder.
"We didn't show a commitment to shoot the way we did in the second and third periods," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach. "It was a terrific college hockey game, it was up and down [the ice] all night."
Shortly after Mitchell Smith made a potential game-saving blocked shot in the Yale end, SHU pulled Benson for an extra skater with a minute left in the third. The home team jumped on that opportunity.
Junior defenseman Chandler Lindstrand won the race to the puck in his end and flipped it off the glass down to the other end. Joe Snively beat everyone down the ice, but had a red shirt on his back. The senior forward sent a back-handed slap shot into the open net from a tough angle with 39 seconds left to put the game away.
Kaczperski earned the win in net by stopping 29 of 30 shots, including all 14 in the second period, which impressed his coach.
"I thought Corbin was good all night, he gave us a good game," said Allain.
The Blue is home next weekend to host the North Country teams on Friday and Saturday… Ted Hart skated in his 100th career game tonight… Tonight's game was part of a fundraiser for the Connecticut Hockey Foundation, which honored the memory of state youth hockey icon Jason Pagni.
Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org