No. 13 Penn State Falls to No. 11 Yale in NCAA First Round

Flaherty tallied back-to-back markers at 4:39 and 3:40 to go to cut PSU's lead to 6-5. The onslaught continued into the fourth as Ryan McCarthy evened the score at six apiece with 12:59 remaining.

Yale's momentum seemed to be kicked into overdrive as the Nittany Lions took two penalties a minute later. Tyler Travis (Geneva, N.Y.) picked off a Yale pass to kill off the double extra-man opportunity with 11:36 remaining.

The Nittany Lions nearly took the lead with 10:26 to go as Manley's long-ranged effort beat Natale but dinged the crossbar. Eventually, Yale's Michael Quinn forced a Penn State turnover as Michael McCormack sped downfield, fed Kirby Zdrill and the Bulldogs took a 7-6 lead.

Yale's offense kept rolling with leading scorer Brandon Mangan tallying his only goal of the game with 8:08 remaining as the Bulldogs earned an 8-6 advantage. The lead became 9-6 on an Oberbeck attack with 7:11 left.

Yale's defense held strong and Flaherty scored what was an essentially an empty-net goal as Kaut left the crease to defend with 1:46 to go. Penn State's Kessler Brown (Springfield, Va.) won the ensuing faceoff in his season's first appearance at the X. Sanders scored his second goal of the day with 1:13 remaining, his 44th of the year, which ranks fourth in program history. Penn State had two 40-goal scorers for the first time in school history with Sanders and Forster. Sanders ended the season one point shy of 50.

Brown would win the next faceoff as well but the Nittany Lions couldn't generate another goal as their 2013 season concluded. Yale moves on to face the Syracuse-Bryant winner in College Park, Md. on Saturday, May 18.

Penn State received strong defensive games from Travis (four ground balls, three caused turnovers) and Jack Donnelly (Toronto, Ont.), who scooped up two ground balls and caused three turnovers. Kaut picked up five ground ballsand Sanders picked up four, while James Burke (Duxbury, Mass.) tallied three ground balls and a caused turnover.

Henneghan collected a team-high seven ground balls, upping his career total to 226. Additionally, Henneghan became PSU's all-time faceoff wins leader with 510, passing 2006 grad Greg Gurenlian (508). Hennegan exits Happy Valley with a career 53.7 winning percentage at the faceoff dot.

Kaut's 14 saves bumped his season total to 194, a new career high and the most saves by a PSU netminder since 2009 (212, Drew Adams). Kaut moves into fifth all-time at Penn State with 539 stops. Kaut could make a run at the all-time saves mark set by Adams with 694.

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