Bulldogs Fall In Home Opener

Bulldogs Fall In Home Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sometimes, the friendly confines of home don't always play out that way. Despite playing on home ice for the first time all season, the Yale Bulldogs fell to the Clarkson Golden Knights 4-0 on Friday night.

"(Clarkson) executed extremely well," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "They wait like sharks on you to make mistakes, and they pounce on you when you make them."

Clarkson (9-1-1, 2-1-0 ECAC), the defending national champion, pounded the net of Tera Hofmann with shots. The Golden Knights scored two early goals, one on a breakaway and one on a rebound, while taking a 13-8 shot advantage in the first frame.

Yale (1-3-1, 0-2-1) saw Kyra O'Brien enter the game in the second in net after an early Clarkson goal to start off the period. Despite a 3-0 deficit, O'Brien was fantastic, stopping 27 of the 28 shots she faced while giving the Bulldogs a chance to rally.

"(O'Brien) did a great job stepping in and bringing some energy," said Flygh. "She made some key saves... (and) settled nicely into the game."

Clarkson ended up outshooting Yale 42-18, including a 28-10 advantage when O'Brien entered.

The Bulldogs forced Clarkson into struggles on the power play, finishing the day 4/4 on the penalty kill. Clarkson was 3/3 killing off Yale power plays.

Yale plays at home again Saturday afternoon against St. Lawrence. The puck drops at 3 p.m. at Ingalls Rink.