NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Every summer away from hockey creates anticipation for the season to start, but it also means rust. The long offseason seemed to show its effects as the Yale Bulldogs dropped an exhibition to the McGill Martlets 4-2 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs came out flying in the first period. They fell behind 1-0 only 6:17 into the frame on a Martlets deflection, but responded immediately. Emma Vlasic knocked in a rebound on the power play just 1:31 after on a Saroya Tinker shot to tie the game at one.
"(The) power play was good early on in the game," said Yale coach Joakim Flygh. "(There is) lots to take away from here as far as what we need to work on and learn from."
Jordan Chancellor raced down the ice and potted a Yale goal 10:31 into the period with a hard shot on the blocker side. Chancellor's goal, assisted by Laura Anderson, gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
However, the final two frames belonged to McGill. The Martlets, in their seventh game of the preseason, outshot the Bulldogs 13-2 in the middle frame while adding two goals to take a 3-2 lead.
Yale battled, firing eight shots on goalie Rachelle Champion (16 saves on 18 shots) in the third period, but were unable to find the back of the net.
McGill added a goal on a bouncing puck in the Yale crease 11:20 into the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Tera Hoffman took the hard luck loss for Yale despite 11 saves on 13 shots in the second period. Kyra O'Brien started the game for Yale, finishing with nine saves on 10 shots, while Gianna Meloni saved seven of eight shots in the third period.
The Bulldogs begin their regular season on Friday, traveling East to take on RIT on Friday night.