Three times a charm. That’s what it took for Yale to finally beat Penn this season. In their third of the year, the Bulldogs took down the Quakers in overtime.
Just like the first two meetings between these two squads it was a back-and-forth, gritty, and physical battle. These teams just kept taking shots and answering each other all game long. Penn would force overtime with just seconds left in regulation but Yale would prevail after a Jack Tigh game-winner.
Penn was led by Simon Mathias who tallied 5 points (3G,2A). Sean Lulley and Mitch Bartolo each had 4 points (3G,1A) while Tyler Dunn and Adam Goldner had 3 goals each. In cage Reed Junkin stood on his head, making 14 saves.
Jackson Morrill led the way for Yale in the win with 7 points (4G,3A). Lucas Cotler tallied 5 points (4G,1A) while Matt Gaudet and John Dannigellis each had 3 goals. Jack Starr made 8 saves in cage for the Bulldogs.
In addition to the battle at the faceoff dot was stellar all game with TD Ierlan and Kyle Gallagher going almost 50% each, again. Ierlan won the battle early on in the game but Kyle Gallagher was able to adjust as the game went on, which gave Penn plenty more possessions that they didn’t get early on.
Yale opened the scoring just seconds into the game with a John Dannigellis goal. Just minutes laster the Quakers answered with Simon Mathias getting them on the board and tying thing up at 1.
Penn and Yale took turns going back-and-forth trading two-goal runs through the rest of the rest. Yale ended the first quarter with a long pole goal from Will Weitzel after a Jack Starr save.
With Yale holding a 7-5 lead heading into the second quarter the back-and-forth play resumed. Penn got the scoring started, making it a one-goal game before Yale could answer and go back up 8-6.
The faceoff battle was a little more even in the second quarter as Penn was able to capitalize on Yale’s faceoff violations. That really helped the Quakers get possession and get their offense rolling.
Penn’s offense eventually caught fire like they usually do, using a big three-goal run midway through the second to take a 9-8 lead with 6:23 in the quarter. Both teams went back-and-forth trading goals through the final minutes of the half with Penn being able to take an 11-10 lead into the half.
After some back-and-forth play through the first few minutes of the third the Yale offense got things going. Lucas Cotler and John Dannigellis scored two straight for the Bulldogs to help retake the 12-11 lead.
Both sides kept going back-and-forth scoring through the final minutes of the third. A fantastic Reed Junkin save turned into a beautiful Penn goal to tie things up at 14 heading into the fourth quarter of play. Yale and Penn each had an opportunity to take the lead in the final minute of the quarter, but defense prevailed on each end.
The Quakers got the scoring started right off the bat with Adam Goldner putting Penn up 15-14. Yale answered quickly with a two-goal to take a 16-15 lead with 10:49 in the fourth.
After a scuffle that saw both teams get a penalty, Yale gained possession and was able to extend their run to three goals, taking a 17-15 lead. After Penn finally answered the Bulldogs would score twice more to push retake a two-goal lead, 18-16.
Following a crucial coaching mistake from Andy Shay, Penn was went man-up and capitalized, scoring on the doorstep to cut the Bulldogs lead to 18-17. The Quakers then got the ball back off the faceoff and called and called a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout Simon Mathias found the back of the net for Penn, tying things up at 18 with just seconds left on the clock to force overtime.
On Yale’s second possession of the overtime period Jack Tigh found the back of the net after slipping, falling, and getting through multiple Penn defensemen, winning the game for the Bulldogs.