Hockey East Battles Await Bulldogs Tuesday and Saturday

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Aurora Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Host Providence, then Travel to Northeastern

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's hockey team faces a pair of Hockey East opponents this week, hosting Providence Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink and then traveling to Northeastern Saturday.

Yale (0-2-2) opened ECAC Hockey play last weekend at No. 9 Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs overcame an injury to senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) eight minutes into the game at Harvard and earned a 3-3 tie with the Crimson. Sophomore Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), who had played only 20 minutes for her career prior to Friday, stepped in and made 32 saves to help the Bulldogs get a key point in the conference standings. Three different players -- freshman forward Jennifer Lawrence (Toronto, Ont.), freshman forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) and sophomore forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) -- scored goals. Freshman defenseman Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.) had a pair of assists.

Callahan made 34 saves the next night at Dartmouth, but the Bulldogs fell 4-1. Junior defenseman Heather Grant (Toronto, Ont.) scored Yale's goal.

Providence (6-2-1) was among the teams also receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com national poll, as the Friars finished just outside the top 10. They are coming off a 2-2 tie with No. 5 BU in which goalie Genevieve Lacasse made 40 saves. Lacasse's .949 save percentage has her third in the country right now. Last season, Yale and Providence tied 2-2 in Rhode Island.

Northeastern (6-1-2) features Swiss National Team goalie Florence Schelling, who has a .918 save percentage so far this season. The Huskies also have Leah Sulyma, who stopped all 32 Yale shots in a 3-0 Northeastern win last season. Forward Rachel Llanes leads the team in scoring (5-5-10). Former Yale head coach Hilary Witt, a Northeastern grad, is now an assistant coach for the Huskies.

In addition to the game at Northeastern Saturday, the Bulldogs will also have a big event going on back in New Haven. The Yale Club of New Haven, in conjunction with the Yale Athletic Department, is hosting "Mandi's March" from Hamden to New Haven that morning as a fundraiser for Yale women's hockey center Mandi Schwartz in her battle with cancer. For further details on that event, and the Yale women's hockey team's "White Out for Mandi" scheduled for Nov. 12 at Ingalls Rink, please visit http://www.yalebulldogs.com/mandi

Tuesday, 7 p.m. vs. Providence:

Saturday, 3 p.m. at Northeastern:

 

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