November 4, 2009

Opening Weekend at Ingalls Includes Games vs. Princeton, Quinnipiac

Bulldogs Seek First ECAC Hockey Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The newly renovated Ingalls Rink re-opens Friday night with Yale hosting longtime rival Princeton (7 p.m.). The Bulldogs also host Quinnipiac Saturday (4 p.m.). Live stats and live video from both games will be available on yalebulldogs.com. 

Yale (0-2-1, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) is seeking its first conference wins of the season after dropping a pair to No. 7 St. Lawrence and No. 2 Clarkson on the road last weekend. Junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 59 saves and allowed only one goal at even strength all weekend. Snikeris' .931 save percentage places her eighth in the country.

The Bulldogs opened the regular season two weeks ago with a 2-2 non-league tie at Providence, then beat McGill 4-2 in an exhibition game. Junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) has been providing the bulk of the offense in the early going. Including the exhibition and the preseason scrimmages vs. Brown and Princeton, Ketchum had five goals in slightly more than 10 periods of hockey over the first two weekends. Sophomore forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) had three goals in that span.

Princeton (2-1-1, 1-0-1 ECAC Hockey) has been on fire offensively, scoring 18 goals in its first four games. Danielle DiCesare leads the team in goals (four) and points (eight). Three of her goals have come on the power play, where the Tigers are converting at an 8-for-27 (.296) clip. Rachel Weber (144:06) and Cassie Seguin (99:14) have split time in goal. Weber has an .808 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average. Seguin has an .829 save percentage and a 3.63 goals-against average.

Quinnipiac (4-3-1, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) has already surpassed its victory total from a year ago, when the Bobcats went 3-26-5. Heather Hughes leads a talented freshman class with a team-high five goals and six points. She already has three game-winning goals. Classmate Victoria Vigilanti has a .938 save percentage and a 1.52 goals-against average. The Bobcats play at Brown Friday night before coming to New Haven.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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