DURHAM, N.H. – Greg Beller scored at 3:03 of overtime
to lift the Yale University men’s hockey team to
Saturday night’s 4-3 non-conference victory against
eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire at the
UNH is now 2-2-0 on the season while Yale is 2-0-0.
Trailing 3-2 at the start of the third period, Yale
went on a five-minute power play at 2:19. Chris
Cahill’s shot from deep in the right circle hit the
far post midway through the power play, but the
Wildcats limited the Bulldogs to just two shots on
goal in the five-minute span to preserve their
With UNH on the power play midway through the third,
Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.) hit the crossbar on a
shot from the right circle. It marked the Wildcats’
second shot of the night to hit the crossbar, as a
Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Manitoba) shot from the
right doorstep caromed off that part of the underside
of the goal frame four minutes into the second period.
Yale called time out at 13:03, immediately preceding
its sixth power play of the game. The Wildcats’
penalty kill unit was successful, but seconds later
Ryan Donald’s long outlet pass sent Sean Backman alone
on UNH goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.).
Backman charged down the slot but was stoned in front
Less than two minutes later, Yale tied the score at
16:45. Standing in front of the Yale bench, Backman
sent a pass across to Tom Dignard, who in turn moved
the puck up to Cahill. Cahill’s shot from between the
circles was stopped by Regan, but the momentum from a
backchecking UNH defenseman carried his momentum into
Regan and the puck slid across the goal line.
In the overtime session, Beller broke in alone down
the slot and lifted a backhanded shot into the
upper-right corner to end the game at 3:03. Cahill was
credited with an assist.
Regan finished with 27 saves, including three in OT.
Richards also made three saves in overtime and 28
In a penalty-marred first period that included 10
penalties for 31 minutes, Yale took advantage of a
4-on-3 power play situation to score the only goal of
the stanza at 1:53. Michael Karwoski initiated the
sequence from the right point with a pass across the
blue line to Bill LeClerc, whose shot from the left
point deflected off a UNH defenseman in the low slot
into the open right side of the net.
The teams combined to produce four goals in the
second period, at the end of which UNH led 3-2. Trevor
Smith (North Vancouver, British Columbia) evened the
score, 1-1, at 1:26 of the middle stanza when,
standing in front of the net, he redirected a
centering pass from Matt Fornataro (Calgary, Alberta).
Jerry Pollastrone (Rever, Mass.), with the pass from
the left circle across the ice to Fornataro in the
right circle, was also credited with an assist.
Yale reclaimed the lead, 2-1, at 5:26. With a faceoff
in Yale’s offensive zone to the right of Regan, Blair
Yaworski won the puck back to Dignard and his screened
shot trickled across the goal line.
UNH forged a tie for the second time just 16 seconds
later, however, when Mike Radja (Yorkville, Ill.)
redirected Craig Switzer’s (Peachland, British
Columbia) shot from the high slot into the upper-right
corner of the net. Brett Hemingway (Surrey, B.C.) was
also credited with an assist.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game, 3-2,
on a Micflikier’s power-play goal at 12:26. Brad
Flashains (Glendale, Ariz.), started the sequence from
the right point and Switzer’s initial shot from the
left point was stopped by Richards. Micflikier,
stationed near the right post, collected the puck off
the rebound to score.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 3 at home vs.
Northeastern University. The game, which will be
televised by NHPTV, begins at 7 p.m.