The men’s ice hockey team’s three-game winning streak was snapped tonight in a matchup featuring the two previous national champions.
Yale (6–3–2, 4–3–1 ECAC) fell to Union (9–6–1, 3–4–1) 3–1 in the third contest of a four-game home stretch. The match was scoreless throughout the first period, and it wasn’t until the final two minutes of the second that Union struck, when Daniel Ciampini put two past goaltender Alex Lyon ‘17. Forward Chris Izmirlian ‘17 had his first goal of the season early in the third, but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs, who currently sit at fourth in the ECAC standings.
Forward Carson Cooper ‘16 led Yale with four shots on the night and Lyon managed to stop 27 attempts on goal. The Dutchmen slightly outshot the Bulldogs 30–29 in front of a crowd of 3,500 at Ingalls Rink.
The loss comes following a 5–2 victory against Rensselaer last night, in which five different Bulldogs put pucks in the net. Forward Trent Ruffalo ‘15 put the Bulldogs on the board late in the first period, followed by two more strikes in the second from forwards Cooper and Ryan Hitchcock ‘18. RPI looked to mount a comeback after a power play goal midway through the third, but Charles Orzetti ‘16 fought back with a goal less than a minute later and Cody Learned ‘16 put the game away with an empty-netter at the 18:54 mark.
Yale outshot RPI 31–24 while Lyon held down the defensive end with 22 saves, including consecutive acrobatic stops at a crucial point in the second period.
The Bulldogs will round out their home stretch after a three-week break with a game against the Russian Red Stars on Dec. 27.