The Yale Bulldogs got out early and ever looked back as they took down the Penn State Nittany Lions. While Penn State was able to get their groove going, Yale stood tall and didn’t let the Nittany Lions get within three all game. Yale will look to defend their championship on Monday against Virginia.
Yale was led by Matt Brandu who tallied 8 points (7G,1A) in the win. Jackson Morrill also had 5 points (3G,2A) while Jack Tigh had 4 points (2G,2A). In cage Jack Starr made 5 saves. TD Ierlan also made a huge impact winning a majority of the faceoffs and giving Yale plenty of possessions, especially early in the game.
Penn State was led by Dylan Foulds who had 5 goals for the Nittany Lions. Grant Ament also had 8 points (3G,5A) while Mac O’Keefe and Gerard Arceri each had 3 goals. In cage for the Nittany Lions, Colby Kneese made 9 saves.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start with TD Ierlan winning three straight faceoffs that led to three straight goals. While Ierlan won the fourth faceoff of the game Penn State’s defense finally stopped the Bulldogs, gaining their first possession of the game.
Yale quickly got possession back after an unforced Penn State turnover and Matt Brandu put it in the back of the cage, putting Yale up 4-0 with 9:44 in the first quarter. While man-up, Nick Spillane found the back of the cage to get Penn State’s offense going midway though the first.
While Penn State finally got a goal, Yale jumped out again and continued their domination on both ends of the field. Penn State finally got their second goal late in the first, cutting the Yale lead to 10-2 heading into the second.
Penn State started to get things together with the Nittany Lions scoring three straight to start the second, including two goals from Mac O’Keefe. Matt Brandu eventually stoped the bleeding, getting Yale going again with their first goal of the second quarter.
The Nittany Lions got going again with a Gerard Arceri goal coming right off the faceoff, his second of the game. After some back-and-forth play where Yale and Penn State each found the back of the net, Penn State ended the quarter with a two-goal run to make it a three-goal heading into the half.
Yale started the third with a quick goal from Jack Tigh to pus the Bulldogs lead to 13-9. Penn State answered right away with Gerard Arceri scoring right off the faceoff to give himself a hat trick. Yale would then go on a two-goal run to stretch their lead back out to 15-10.
Penn State would eventually get their mojo back after some back-and-forth play. The Nittany Lions ended the quarter on a two-goal run that included a man-up goal from Dylan Foulds that cut the Yale lead to 16-13.
The Bulldogs started the fourth quarter with a four-goal run to push out to a 2013 lead. Grant Ament finally stopped the bleeding for Penn State, getting the Nittany Lions to 14. Matt Brandu tallied his seventh goal of the game to put Yale up 21-14 and effectively end this one. Dylan Foulds and Nick Spillane scored three late ones for Penn State but the deficit was too large to overcome.
Yale walked away 21-17 victors and secure their spot back in the national championship game, being able to defending their title.