Bulldogs Close Out First Half With 6-4 Win
First-year forwards Rebecca Vanstone and Claire Dalton both recorded three points in Yale's 6-4 win against Vermont on Saturday at Ingalls. Dalton buried the game-winning goal on a penalty shot with under a minute left to play in regulation.
"I liked our effort all the way through and the fashion in which we won. We were able to close the game out, and, on the penalty shot, [Dalton] stepped up and buried the puck," said Susan Cavanagh Head Coach Joakim Flygh.
With the game tied 4-4 and under a minute left in regulation, senior defenseman Julia Yetman snuck a pass through traffic to the stick of Vanstone above the left circle. Vanstone fired a shot that deflected off of the Catamount's netminder. Vermont's Taylor Flaherty collected the loose puck with her glove but was whistled for carrying the puck in the goal crease, giving Dalton the opportunity to break the tie on a penalty shot.
"I thought [Vanstone and Dalton] were outstanding. We needed people to step up after yesterday's loss, and to see some of our first-years emerge into that role is promising for us as a group," said Flygh.
Down 1-0, after the first period, Dalton tied the score on a fast-break opportunity five minutes into the second. She was set up by Vanstone and senior captain Emma Vlasic, their fourth assists this season.
Just three minutes later, facing yet another one-goal deficit, Vanstone returned to the scoresheet with her fifth goal of the campaign, knotting the score 2-2. She found the net from just outside the crease off of a Saroya Tinker saucer pass. Tinker tallied her fifth assist on the play.
Vanstone's second goal of the afternoon also came in the second period, when the Mississauga native gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 advantage. She was assisted by her partner in points Claire Dalton.
Sophomore forward Greta Skarzynski turned in a two-goal performance with a wrist shot from the slot in the second period and an empty-netter in the final seconds of regulation to push the score to 6-4. Senior linemates Vlasic and Jordan Chancellor assisted on Skarzynski's first goal.
Yale goaltender Gianna Meloni collected her first win in net this season. Meloni made a miraculous save in the third, shifting from one post to the other on a lightning-fast shot from Vermont, keeping the Bulldogs ahead 4-3.
The Elis closed out the first half of the season on Saturday and are next set to play New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Ingalls.
by John Napolitano, Yale Sports Publicity