NEW HAVEN, Conn. — No. 19 Yale’s Brian O’Neill scored four consecutive goals to turn a 3-3 game in the second period into a 7-3 game, as the Bulldogs defeated Bentley 9-3 on Sunday afternoon
In the first meeting between the two programs, Bentley took a 1-0 lead 6:17 into the first period and fought back from 3-1 down to tie the score in the second, but O’Neill’s scoring streak was the difference.
The Bulldogs improved to 7-5-1 with the victory, while the Falcons dropped to 5-9-3.
Justin Breton gave Bentley an early lead after finishing off a breakaway that started after he intercepted a pass in Yale’s offensive zone. Breton then broke in on net untouched and beat Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm with a deke to the left and a backhander to the glove side.
Yale tied the score on Trent Ruffalo’s goal at 10:28, and 10 seconds later they took the lead. Antoine Laganiere found the back of the net after Yale won the ensuing face-off.
The Bulldogs went up 3-1 on a goal by Kenny Agostino.
Bentley got back in the game late in the first period after Brett Gensler scored his fourth goal of the year with 38 seconds left. With Gensler positioned in front of the net, Mike Switzer took a slap shot from the point that Gensler tipped under Malcolm for the score.
In the second period, and still trailing 3-2, Aaron Stonacek tied the game with his fourth goal of the season, beating Malcolm with a wrist shot up top from inside the right face-off circle at 3:32.
Bentley kept Yale off the scoreboard for the next 10 minutes, but then O’Neill went to work, scoring four consecutive goals to put the game away.
The first two came on the power play, at 13:30 and 17:20 of the second to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 advantage after two periods. O’Neill then scored 1:26 into the third period for the hat trick to make it 6-3, and at 7:45.