Vermont Falls to Yale, 3-1

Senior Kyle Reynolds posted an assist for the Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:56  VER1-0 EV Rob Darrar (1)Kyle Reynolds/4
1st 15:02  YAL1-1 EV Ryan Hitchcock (3)Mitch Witek/3
1st 17:19  YAL2-1 EV GW Trent Ruffolo (3)Stu Wilson/2, Frankie DiChiara/3
2nd 9:49  YAL3-1 EV Mike Doherty (5)Matthew Beattie/2, Ryan Hitchcock/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  1001
Yale  2103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  99321
Yale  155727
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (14-5-1)  0/1 3/6 0
Yale (8-3-2)  0/3 1/2 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Brody Hoffman (L, 10-2-1)29:473 132015
Mike Santaguida28:280 0279
Empty Net1:450     
Yale Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Alex Lyon (W, 7-3-2)60:001 89320

NEW HAVEN, Ct. - Freshman Rob Darrar tallied his first career goal for ninth-ranked Vermont, but Yale topped the Catamounts by a score of 3-1 in non-conference action on Saturday night at Ingalls Rink. Yale improves to 8-3-2 (4-3-1 ECAC) on the season, while the Catamounts drop to 14-5-1 (7-3-1 HEA).

Vermont jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just under three minutes into the contest. Senior Kyle Reynolds worked his way around the net and dished a pass in front to Darrar. Darrar one-timed it just under Alex Lyons' blocker for the first score of his career, as the Catamounts took the 1-0 advantage.

With just under five minutes to play in the opening frame, Ryan Hitchcock evened the score at 1-1. Brody Hoffman made a pad save on Mitch Witek's long shot, but Hitchcock was able to corral the rebound and find the back of the net on a backhander.

Just over two minutes later, Trent Ruffolo gave Yale its first lead of the contest on his third goal of the season. Stu Wilson and Frank DiChiara picked up assists on the play, and the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into the second period.

Midway through the second stanza, Yale worked the puck deep into the Vermont zone and Mike Doherty was able to pick up a loose puck in front of goal. Doherty fired a shot just under the crossbar to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. Matthew Beattie and Hitchcock registered assists on the tally.

Following a scoreless 18-plus minutes to open the final frame, the Catamounts pulled the goalie with 1:43 remaining. Vermont wasn't able to find the back of the net with the man-advantage, eventually falling by a final of 3-1.

Hoffman and Mike Santaguida, who entered the game midway through the second period, combined to make 24 saves on the night. Lyon stopped 20 shots in net for Yale to earn his seventh victory of the season.

Vermont returns to action next Sunday (Jan. 11) for a road contest at Dartmouth with faceoff scheduled for 4 p.m. at Thompson Arena. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on WVMT 620-AM and with Alastair Ingram on the call. A live video stream is available via