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ECAC Hockey Play Starts This Weekend at Harvard, Dartmouth

Patricia McGauley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Patricia McGauley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Begin Conference Play on the Road

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale starts ECAC Hockey play with a visit to two of its oldest rivals, Harvard and Dartmouth, this coming weekend. For Yale's new head coach Joakim Flygh, Friday's game against the Crimson is a matchup against the school where he was an assistant coach for three years prior to joining the Bulldogs.

Yale (0-1-1) opened the regular season with a pair of games at Vermont, falling to the Catamounts 4-1 in the opener but bouncing back for a 1-1 tie in the second game. Both of Yale's goals came from freshmen forwards: Jenna Ciotti (Manotick, Ont.) in the opener and Patricia McGauley (Wilcox, Sask.) the next day. Senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 29 saves Friday, and junior goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) made 31 Saturday.

Harvard has yet to play a regular season game, but the Crimson tied McGill 2-2 in an exhibition last Saturday. Katharine Chute had a pair of goals, while goalies Laura Bellamy and Lauren Joarnt made 12 saves each. The Crimson returns its top three scorers from last season in forwards Kate Buesser (16-24-40), Jillian Dempsey (11-16-27) and Liza Ryabkina (15-7-22).

Dartmouth also has not played any regular season games. The Big Green fell to McGill 3-2 in an exhibition last Friday. Jenna Hobeika had both of Dartmouth's goals, while Whitney Woodcox (six saves) and Lindsay Holdcroft (eight saves) split time in net. Amanda Trunzo (18-15-33) is Dartmouth's top returning scorer.

Friday, 7 p.m. at Harvard:

Saturday, 7 p.m. at Dartmouth:

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity