Zupon Scores Lone Yale Goal
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of goals in a 10-second span of the first period by Providence forward Laura Veharanta proved too much for Yale to overcome Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink, as the Bulldogs fell to the Friars 3-1. Junior goalie Genny Ladiges made 36 saves, and sophomore forward Alyssa Zupon scored Yale's lone goal.
A pair of face-offs led to Veharanta's tallies five minutes in. The first was in the Yale zone, as forward Ashley Cottrell won the faceoff to Veharanta for the goal. Then, the Bulldogs won the faceoff after the goal but turned it over in front of the net to enable Veharanta to score again just 10 seconds later.
Yale (0-3-2) has now been outscored 6-2 and outshot 68-32 in the first period.
"After five minutes it was 2-0," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "That's something that we got to look at as a team and as coaches. We've got to play with more of a sense of urgency at the start of the game."
The Bulldogs regrouped after that, and Ladiges finished the period with 14 saves. The Bulldogs missed a chance to get on the scoreboard when Providence goalie Genevieve Lacasse denied a breakaway chance for sophomore forward Danielle Moncion 10 minutes in, and the Friars took a 2-0 lead into intermission.
Yale cut into the lead at 4:29 of the second when freshman forward Patricia McGauley got the puck back to sophomore defenseman Tara Tomimoto, who sent it towards the net. Zupon deflected it, and it then hit off a Providence player's skate right in front of the net and went in.
The Bulldogs got the game's first power play 10 minutes into the period and generated heavy pressure for the first minute. But Lacasse denied a slap shot from junior defenseman Heather Grant, and junior forward Aleca Hughes sent a wrist shot wide. Grant then had another shot blocked, and the Friars finished off the kill.
Yale also had the second power play of the game, but after a slap shot from freshman defenseman Aurora Kennedy went wide a penalty on the Bulldogs evened things up and neither team wound up scoring.
A tripping penalty on Providence (7-2-1) right at the end of the second period gave the Bulldogs a power play at the start of the third, but they were unable to capitalize. Yale then had to kill off a penalty halfway through the period to remain with 2-1.
Yale called timeout with 1:16 to play and pulled Ladiges for an extra skater, but after a slap shot by Grant was blocked the Friars took advantage of a turnover to get an empty-net goal from forward Kate Bacon that put the game out of reach.
"We battled back, and generated more scoring chances today than any game we've had this year," said Flygh. "We had some good opportunities to tie the game but just couldn't do it."
Yale faces another Hockey East opponent, Northeastern, Saturday in Boston.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity