After a demoralizing loss last night, the Yale Bulldogs bounced back with a 3-2 win in the Connecticut Ice consolation game against the UConn Huskies.
"I thought it was a great college hockey game," Yale head coach Keith Allain said. "UConn's a great team and they pushed us to the absolute limit."
In Yale's loss to Sacred Heart last night, Yale goaltender Corbin Kaczperski had five saves. However, Kaczperski was able to salvage that performance with 42 saves against UConn.
"That's a rare trait in an athlete," Allain said. "To be able to have an off day and bounce back and be the best player on the ice, I'm really happy for him."
And despite all the shots on Kaczperski, Allain was happy in the way his team defended the Huskies compared to Saturday's contest.
"We defended a lot better today," Allain said. "We gave up a lot of shots today. I thought our overall defensive play was better. I thought we were a lot smarter with our puck decisions today."
In UConn's first game against Quinnipiac, they had an opportunity to send the game into overtime in the final minute. The same situation would present itself against Yale when UConn had a power play and pulled their goalie with 1:31 left. However, Yale would prevail.
Even though Yale didn't take away the Connecticut Ice championship trophy, Allain was content with their performance in the consolation game.
"It's like any college hockey game," Allain said. "You play against a good team, they get your back up against the wall late, they got six on four late with a minute and a half left in the game. The guys had to gut it out and I think you can take a lot from that."