Yale tops Sa­cred Heart, snaps a four-game win­less streak

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - COLLEGES - By Dave Phillips

NEW HAVEN — It took a cou­ple weeks, but Yale is fi­nally in the win­ning col­umn in 2019.

The Bull­dogs (8-5-3 and ranked 19th in the USCHO poll) had been 0-2-1 in the 2019 por­tion of their sched­ule go­ing into Satur­day night. How­ever, Yale took ad­van­tage of a foe it has now beaten in five of six all-time meet­ings with a 3-1 vic­tory over Sa­cred Heart at In­galls Rink.

Yale had lost to both UConn and Maine, while ty­ing New Hamp­shire be­fore Satur­day night’s vic­tory broke an over­all fourgame win­less streak. The Bull­dogs had last posted a win Dec. 8 against Union.

Yale was helped by the re­turn to the lineup of de­fense­men Phil Kemp and Jack St. Ivany, who helped the United States to a sil­ver medal at the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Van­cou­ver, ear­lier this month.

Sa­cred Heart scored the lone goal of the first pe­riod. On a face­off to the left of Yale goalie Corbin Kaczper­ski, Marc John­stone fed Josh Ka­plan with a per­fect pass in front of the net, which Ka­plan con­verted with a wrist shot into the top right of the net.

Yale’s best chance of the first pe­riod came 14 min­utes into the game when Joe Snively’s shot from the left cir­cle went over the left shoul­der of Sa­cred Heart goal­tender Josh Ben­son and clanked off the top of the left post.

Yale fi­nally tied it up at the 7:27 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod when Dante Palecco fed An­drew Gaus right in front of the net and he beat Ben­son with a shot over his left shoul­der.

Two and a half min­utes later, Yale took the lead for good, 2-1, when left wing Justin Pear­son scored his fourth goal of the sea­son from the right cir­cle as he popped the puck past Ben­son’s glove side.

Snively had a chance to col­lect an in­sur­ance goal with 5:54 re­main­ing in the con­test, but Ben­son stopped him on a break­away.

Snively put the game on ice with 38.3 sec­onds to play go with an open net goal.

Sa­cred Heart fell to 5-11-2 with the loss. The Pi­o­neers only win against Yale came back on Nov. 22, 2011 when they took a 7-6 de­ci­sion.

Yale had 34 shots, while Sa­cred Heart had 30.

Kaczper­ski recorded 29 saves for Yale, while Ben­son had 31 saves for the Pi­o­neers.

Satur­day night’s game was part of a ben­e­fit for the Con­necti­cut Hockey Foun­da­tion, a non-profit es­tab­lished in the mem­ory of the late Ja­son Pagni, a well­known area youth coach who died in 2014.

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