Bulldogs Tied for Final ECAC Hockey Playoff Spot with 10 Games Left
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's hockey team started its climb into playoff position with a pair of wins in ECAC Hockey play last weekend. The road gets a bit steeper this weekend, as No. 3 Clarkson (Friday, 7 p.m.) and St. Lawrence (Saturday, 4 p.m.) visit Ingalls Rink. These teams feature the two players tied for the conference lead in goals and points, and they have a combined ECAC Hockey record of 15-4-3. Both games can be viewed live via Yale All-Access on yalebulldogs.com. Audio is also available on wybc.com.
Yale (6-10-3, 4-7-1 ECAC Hockey) has been playing its best hockey of late, with a 3-1-1 mark in the last five games. Junior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been one of the driving forces behind that run, as she has stopped 97 of 104 shots (.933) in that span. Her shutout of Union last Friday gave her 11 for her career, one away from tying the school record set by Sarah Love '06.
The Bulldogs have also benefited from consistent contributions from their top line of sophomore Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), junior Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.). Since returning from Thanksgiving break, that trio has accounted for 13 goals and 16 points in 10 games. Hughes brings a five-game scoring streak into Friday, and has at least one point in 10 of the last 11 games. Ketchum has a four-game scoring streak, and has at least one point in eight of the last 10 games. She has the team lead in goals with nine, while Zupon has the lead in assists with eight.
Clarkson (15-5-3, 9-1-1 ECAC Hockey) is sixth in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 1.65 goals per game. The Golden Knights had been second entering last weekend, but allowed No. 1 Mercyhurst 11 goals in two games. Goalie Lauren Dahm is sixth in the country in goals-against average (1.59) and eighth in the country in save percentage (.934). Forward Dominique Thibault, in her first season with Clarkson after transferring from UConn, is tied for first in ECAC Hockey in goals (14) and points (28).
St. Lawrence (10-7-6, 6-3-2 ECAC Hockey) features the player Thibault is tied with for the conference goal and scoring lead: forward Vanessa Emond. The Saints also feature goalie Brittony Chartier, who is 3-0 all-time vs. Yale with a 0.67 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage. Chartier transferred to St. Lawrence from Minnesota, where she was the starting goaltender during the Gophers' run to the NCAA finals in 2006.
Saturday is Yale employee day at Ingalls Rink. Employees can pick up two complimentary tickets at the Ingalls Rink ticket booth starting 90 minutes before the game. Children 14 and under receive free admission.
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