DURHAM, N.H. — Yale University, behind a pair of shorthanded goals, defeated the third-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, 4-3, on Friday night in front of a soldout crowd of 6,266 at the Whittemore Center.
Bulldog forward Luke Earl, with his team down a man, scored on a partial breakaway six minutes, 50 seconds into the third for the game-winner. It was Yale’s second shorthanded goal of the game, as Spencer Rodgers netted one in the opening period.
The loss, UNH’s first of the season, drops the Wildcats to 5-1-1 overall (1-0 Hockey East). Yale takes its season-opener.
Ben Strafford scored 47 seconds into the third to erase a 3-2 UNH lead, setting up the come-from-behind win for the Bulldogs.
Yale netminder Dan Lombard finished the night with 23 saves, while senior Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) turned away 15 shots for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Colin Hemingway (one goal, two assists) (Surrey, B.C.) broke a two-all tie at 8:32 of the second on an assist from classmate Lanny Gare (Vernon, B.C.). The Bulldogs had tied the game, 2-2, on a power-play goal from Jeff Hamilton at 7:12.
The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead after the first on tallies from Gare and sophomore Jim Abbott (Mars, Penn.), his fifth of the season. Gare’s sixth of the season at 7:12 was later matched by Rodgers’ shorthanded goal at 14:08. Abbott’s go-ahead goal was set up by junior Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) with 49 seconds remaining in the first.