January 6, 2010

No. 10 BU, BC Await Bulldogs in Boston

Last Non-League Games of the Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The last two non-league games of the year will provide a stiff test for the Yale women's hockey team, as the Bulldogs head to Boston for games against a pair of Hockey East powers -- No. 10 BU (Friday, 3 p.m.) and BC (Saturday, 2 p.m.). Live stats and video will be available from goterriers.com and bceagles.com.

Yale (4-9-2, 2-7-1 ECAC Hockey) is looking to build some more momentum as it gets ready for the home stretch of conference play. The Bulldogs have bounced back from a 1-7-1 start to go 3-2-1 in their last six games. They have 19 goals in that six-game span, a dramatic improvement over the first nine games (eight goals). Sophomore forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) are tied for the team lead with six goals each. Senior forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) is next with five.

The Bulldogs have gotten strong performances from both goaltenders during their hot streak. Junior Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa) has 103 saves in her last three games, a .963 save percentage and a 1.30 goals-against average. Sophomore Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) is coming off a win over Vermont Saturday in which she stopped 19 of 20 shots, holding the Catamounts scoreless over the final 52:28 as the Bulldogs rallied for a 3-1 win.

Yale's penalty killing unit has been operating at peak efficiency -- 14 straight kills. The Bulldogs hope they can get their power play unit going in a similar fashion, starting with Friday's game against a BU team that is second-to-last in the country on the penalty kill (75.7 percent). BU (7-6-7, 4-4-3-2 Hockey East) last played on Dec. 5, a 1-1 overtime tie with UConn -- one of eight overtime games the Terriers have played this year (seven ties, one win). Forward Jenelle Kohanchuk leads the team in scoring with 12 goals, including five on the power play (ninth in the NCAA). The Terrier offense is 10th in the country in goals per game with 56 in 20 games. 

BC (5-7-7, 4-4-4-4 Hockey East) beat Yale 1-0 in overtime last season, despite a 32-23 edge in shots for the Bulldogs. The Eagles are without goalie Molly Schaus this year, as she is with the U.S. Olympic Team. Freshman Corinne Boyles has filled in well, with a .924 save percentage and a 2.32 goals-against average. But the Eagles, who also lost forward Kelli Stack to the U.S. Olympic Team, have struggled offensively with just 33 goals in 19 games. Ten of those have come from forward Allie Thunstrom.

BC has not played since Dec. 11, a 2-2 overtime tie with Providence. That was the Eagles' eighth overtime game (seven wins, one tie).

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

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