Bulldogs Storm Back

Comeback... complete. Photo by Brenna McGowan
Comeback... complete. Photo by Brenna McGowan

Skarzynski Pushes Yale To Comeback Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Down 3-0 heading into the third period, all seemed lost for the Yale Bulldogs. However, the Bulldogs showed off the resiliency they'd been building all season long. Yale outscored Union 5-1 over the final 23:04 for a 5-4 overtime win.

"I think one thing that has really impressed me with this group all year (is that) they find ways to come back," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "It's great for our morale."

Greta Skarzynski potted two goals and an assist for Yale, while Mallory Souliotis added two assists. Kirsten Nergaard scored her first goal of the season, Lauren Moriyama had her first career tally, and Tess Dettling added an assist for her first career point.

"No matter what happens, we have to keep going," said Skarzynski. "In the locker room it's really helpful, the seniors get us going. They give us a pep talk in between each period. Never give up, just keep going."

Yale (3-6-4, 2-5-2 ECAC) attacked from puck drop, pouring 14 shots on Coco Francis (33 saves on 38 shots) in just the first 20 minutes of play. Union answered with two goals in the period to take a 2-0 lead, but couldn't find anymore room past Gianna Meloni (7 saves on 9 shots) in the frame. Meloni stopped several fast break chances for the Dutchwomen, including a 2 on 0 rush. Meloni was subject to bad luck as funny bounces found their way past the first year net-minder twice in the frame.

Union (3-10-2, 2-3-0) continued their goal onslaught early in the second, despite a new goalie for Yale in Tera Hofmann (12 saves on 14 shots). The Dutchwomen added a goal on a deflection less than two minutes into the frame to take a 3-0 lead. Yale found itself in a 5-on-3 power play advantage later in the period but couldn't capitalize.

The third period was a dramatic change for the Bulldogs. Yale attacked Francis multiple times with shot after shot before Skarzynski blasted a puck from the blue line to get the Bulldogs on the board.

Union added a goal right after, changing the 3-1 game to a 4-1 lead.

Yale dominated the rest of the way, scoring four unanswered goals. Nergaard ripped hers over the blocker of Francis to cut the lead in half at 4-2.

Moriyama took a smartly tipped pass from Dettling just over four minutes later to make it a one goal game.

Emily Monaghan tied the game at four with the Yale net empty. Only 2:29 remained on the clock, but Monaghan took the rebound from a point shot from Julia Yetman and tapped it home.

"We started the third period well," said Flygh. "(We) found a way to dig in and battle, and our power play was really really good."

In overtime, Yale took advantage of another power play. Skarzynski repeated herself with a similar blast from the top of the zone to give the Bulldogs the 5-4 win. The first-year phenom has a remarkable 12 points in 13 games, including seven in her last three games.

Yale finished 3/8 on the power play.

The Bulldogs return tomorrow to Ingalls at 3 p.m. to take on RPI.

Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant