ECAC STRETCH RUN BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
Yale's non-league slate is done, and it's time to focus on the conference standings. The No. 19 Bulldogs (8-5-3, 6-2-1 ECAC) host No. 14 Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday at Ingalls Rink. Both 7 p.m. games air live on ESPN+.
In a series that dates to 1929-30, the Golden Knights have a 73-39-7 lead vs, Yale. Since the first meeting in 1951-52, SLU holds a 60-36-11 advantage over the Elis.
Dante Palecco's second-period power-play goal turned out to be the game-winner in Yale's 2-1 win over Clarkson in early December, the first home loss of the year for the Knights. Goalie Sam Tucker made saves on 17 of 18 shots, while Luke Stevens got the visitors on the board first by re-directing a Jack St. Ivany shot just 72 seconds into the game. That was one of 38 Yale shots on target.
Five different Yale players found the net when the Elis beat SLU 5-3 at Canton last month. Evan Smith and seniors Joe Snively and Anthony Walsh helped the Bulldogs jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals that seemed like they might put away the Saints. Justin Pearson's first collegiate goal gave the Blue a 4-goal lead midway through the game, but the Saints were not done. The home team notched the next three tallies and then came close to getting the equalizer in the third period before getting into penalty problems. Charlie Curti delivered the finishing blow by converting on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 5-3 with 2:37 left. That tally was the insurance goal that helped junior Corbin Kaczperski earn the win in net with 23 saves.
The Elis, who just completed a string of 5 straight non-league games, have ECAC play the rest of the way. Joe Snively leads the team with 10 goals and 21 points. Kevin O'Neil (13 points) and Justin Pearson (10) are the other Elis in double figures, while Sam Tucker (2.26, .923) and Corbin Kaczperski (2.43, .900) have shared the net duties. The Bulldogs, No. 21 in the Pairwise Rankings, are coming off a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart last weekend at the Whale. Snively, Pearson and Andrew Gaus had the goals and Kaczperski made 29 saves.
The Golden Knights (14-6, 5-3), 14th in the Pairwise rankings, bring a 6-game win streak to New Haven after sweeping Union and RPI last weekend at Potsdam with a combined 10 goals. A pair of junior forwards with more than 20 points, Nico Sturm and Haralds Egle lead Clarkson with 9 goals. Junior Jake Kielly (1.90, .928) has all the decisions in net this season and ranks 7th (GAA) and 9th (SP) in Division I.
The Saints (3-16-1, 1-6-1), who have wins over Minnesota and Clarkson, are coming off losses to RPI and Union last week and are in a 5-game skid. Four players are tied for the team lead with 4 goals, but Michael Ederer has a team-high 9 points. Three goalies in 3 different classes are handling the SLU goaltending: Arthur Brey (3.94), Daniel Manella (3.82) and Emil Zetterquist (4.61), all of whom have one win.