Rebounding from a loss against Union that ended its eight-game unbeaten streak, the No. 11/12 Yale men’s hockey team turned the weekend around with decisive victory over No. 16 Rensselaer to finish a 1–1 weekend at Ingalls Rink.
Against the Engineers, the Elis (12–5–4, 7–4–3 ECAC Hockey) showcased offensive depth — culminating in three goals off the sticks of as many players — that was largely absent during Friday’s contest against Union. Although Yale barely edged out RPI (14–8–6, 6–2–6) in shots, 33—29, a flawless performance from goaltender Alex Lyon ’17 sealed the 3–0 shutout, the 13th of his career.
The Bulldogs dominated from the first faceoff, sending eleven shots in the direction of RPI netminder Jason Kasdorf before the Engineers could respond with even one of their own. During that stretch, a scramble in front of the RPI net allowed defenseman Rob O’Gara ’16 to get a shot off through traffic to score his first goal of the season and establish an early lead for the Elis that would only continue to grow.
Seven minutes later, a Yale defender would once again find the net. Defenseman Anthony Walsh ’19 received a pass along the blue line from fellow defenseman Adam Larkin ’18 before firing a shot into the top let corner and out of the reach of Kasdorf, give the Bulldogs a 2–o lead with six minutes remaining in the first period.
Despite a volley of shots in the middle frame, the score remained the same heading into the final twenty minutes.
RPI fired eleven shots on goal in the third period, its highest total in a single period. But Lyon blocked all attempts, even after at one point being knocked to the ground by RPI forward Jesper Öhrvall during a threatening Engineer possession.
The final goal of the night was also characterized by offensive skill from a Yale defenseman. Ryan Obuchowski ’16 outran a RPI player down the right side of the rink before sending a perfect pass to forward Cody Learned ’16, who put it away to bring the score up to 3–0. The victory would snap a six-game unbeaten streak for the Engineers.
With the win, Yale retained its fourth place position in the ECAC. The Bulldogs are just one point ahead of Dartmouth, which they host Friday at 7 p.m.