NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's lone exhibition game at Ingalls finished in a 4-4 overtime tie against the McGill Martlets. Four different Elis shook the net on Saturday afternoon.
Claire Dalton, Charlotte Welch, Emma Vlasic and Rebecca Vanstone all scored in the draw with the help of well executed passing from their teammates. Yale recorded five assists on four goals, including first-year Emma Seitz's two helpers.
The first frame saw more penalties than scoring. Yale's defense kept McGill from threatening, while Gianna Meloni shut down every scoring chance in net for the Bulldogs. Overall, Meloni made 28 saves on 32 shots and held McGill to 1-for-5 on power play opportunities over three frames.
McGill got on the board first, midway through the second with a pair of goals just 31 seconds apart, but Dalton shifted the momentum late in the period with a breakaway, shorthanded goal. Dalton's goal came off of a well-timed setup from last year's lead scorer, Greta Skarzynski, and cut the McGill lead in half -- 2-1.
Yale jumped back on offense early after a Welch one-timer in the slot just 20 seconds into the third period to knot the score 2-2. Jordan Chancellor was able to sneak a pass through traffic and record the assist.
The Bulldogs scored their third unanswered goal on the power play when Vlasic poked home a tight pass from Seitz just out of reach of the McGill goaltender. Senior defenseman Julia Yetman also tallied an assist on the play.
McGill forwards Jade Downie-Landry and Stephanie Desjardins responded with two quick goals just before the halfway point of the third to give the Martlets the advantage 4-3. Late in the frame, first-year forward Rebecca Vanstone jumped on a rebound and tied the game with five minutes left in regulation.
Meloni stopped four shots in overtime to keep the game tied 4-4. Seitz had the lone shot on goal in the extra frame for Yale.
The Bulldogs are next in action at Princeton on Friday, Oct. 26, for the start of the regular season.
by John Napolitano, Yale Sports Publicity