O’Neil Nets Two in Win Over Tigers

O’Neil Nets Two in Win Over Tigers

Yale forward Kevin O'Neil capped his best weekend of the 2019-20 season by scoring twice in a 5-3 ECAC Hockey win over Princeton. O'Neil, who had three points in the two games, and the Bulldogs erased an early one-goal deficit with four straight tallies to grab a pair of crucial conference points.
 
After the Tigers got on the board first with a shorthanded tally, the Bulldogs got even a little more than two minutes later. O'Neil grabbed the puck at center ice and raced up the right side, going past one defenseman before firing a rising wrister from the right circle that beat Ryan Ferland's glove and went inside the far post.
 
The Bulldogs (10-12-1, 7-8-1) were buzzing in the second frame, and the power-play units came through with a pair on a major penalty opportunity. Tyler Welsh went top shelf from the lower right circle and then Will D'Orsi took a pass at the point and took a few strides into the high slot before zipping a shot over the goalie's shoulder 40 seconds later.
 
Yale didn't stop in the middle frame. O'Neil got his second at even strength at 9:53 on a long, tic-tac-toe that covered three zones to make it 4-1.
 
"It feels great getting a few points this weekend," said O'Neil, who now has four goals and 14 points. "We weren't happy with the result last night (a 3-2 OT loss) but tonight makes us feel like we are moving in the right direction, especially going into the last few weeks of the season."
 
Corbin Kaczperski, the Yale netminder who was busy with 31 saves, saw the Tigers pull their goalie with a minute left and then score to cut the margin to one, but that didn't last long. They pulled him again just before Justin Pearson flipped an arcing shot over the defense into an empty net with 21 seconds left to put it away.
 
"I liked how we played in the last 10 minutes. Despite them getting one back with their goalie pulled, I thought we did a great job of managing the game and playing with confidence," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, responding to the question of what he liked most about his team's effort.