November 13, 2010

First Win for Flygh as Yale Beats Union 4-1

Four Different Players Score Goals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four different players scored goals as Yale beat Union 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink, earning the first career win for new head coach Joakim Flygh. Senior forward Bray Ketchum, sophomore forward Danielle Moncion, freshman forward Jackie Raines and sophomore defenseman Tara Tomimoto had goals, and junior goaltender Genny Ladiges made 24 saves for the win.

The win provides a positive end to an emotional weekend at Ingalls. The Bulldogs had dedicated their game Friday night to teammate Mandi Schwartz and her battle with cancer, also adopting a nine-year-old brain tumor patient from Yale-New Haven Hospital named Giana. A 4-1 loss to RPI provided a disappointing footnote to an otherwise memorable evening.

Giana helped the Bulldogs start turning the page by coming into the locker room Friday night and delivering an impromptu pep talk. That momentum carried over into Saturday.

"Our kids were extremely disappointed after yesterday's game," Flygh said. "They almost wanted it too much; they might have squeezed their sticks a little too hard. We had a good chat this morning about what we needed to do to win, and to their credit they did it. They came out and started well in the first period."

Yale outshot Union 10-4 in the first period. The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead when Union goalie Kate Gallagher made a kick save on a shot by Moncion from the left circle but had the rebound sent right back past her off a Dutchwomen defenseman. Yale then killed off its first penalty, getting a shot blocked by junior defenseman Heather Grant all the way out of the Bulldog zone to finish things off.

Union knotted the game at one when a quick wrister by Stefanie Thomson eluded Ladiges at 10:28. Four minutes after that Raines drew a tripping penalty on the Dutchwomen, and she capitalized on the power play herself. Freshman defenseman Aurora Kennedy passed the puck from the right circle to senior defenseman Samantha MacLean high between the circles. MacLean's slap shot was deflected in by Raines for a 2-1 lead at 16:35.

Yale had gone four straight games without scoring on the power play.

"I'm still not happy with the power play overall, but it was good to get a goal," Flygh said. "We spent some time on that this morning, stressing that we had to have more urgency to get shots on net. We know our success on special teams is going to define our season."

The Dutchwomen nearly tied the game off an odd-man rush midway through the second period, but forward Emilie Arsenault's wrister dinged off the post. Arsenault also had a nice shot turned aside by Ladiges with her blocker with six minutes left in the period.

Union had nearly 20 seconds with an extra attacker during a delayed penalty on the Bulldogs with less than three minutes to play in the second. But Ladiges cradled an open shot by defenseman Perri Maduri. Another shot block by Grant helped out on the ensuing penalty kill, which Ketchum finished off with a clear. Yale maintained its 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Five minutes into the third the Dutchwomen had a series of chances to tie the game, but forward Kelly Alyea's attempt to follow up her own blocked shot was denied by Ladiges, and when defenseman Maddy Norton tried to score off the rebound Ladiges gloved it.

Yale then had to kill off three penalties to seal the win. The first PK was highlighted by Hughes making a steal at the blue line and just missing a chance to backhand in a short-handed goal. Ketchum ended the next penalty kill with a block, but the final kill proved to be the most dramatic.

Union (1-10-1, 0-5-1 ECAC Hockey) pulled Gallagher for an extra skater with 90 seconds left, and right after that a penalty on the Bulldogs gave the Dutchwomen a two-skater advantage. Hughes, Ketchum, MacLean and Tomimoto came out for the kill, and the penalty wound up working to Yale's advantage with an empty net down at the other end of the ice. Without the need to worry about missing the net and getting an icing call, right after Ketchum hustled to chase down a loose puck in the Yale zone she fired a shot toward the other end of the ice. It hit its intended target to give Yale a 3-1 lead with 47 seconds to play.

Not to be outdone, when Tomimoto got the puck even deeper in the Bulldogs' zone just seconds later, she scooped it up and lofted a shot that bounced down to the other end of the ice and in for the 4-1 final.

"It's always hard when someone pulls the goalie at the end," Flygh said. "We actually spent some time working on 5-on-6 defense this past week, because we expected some close games this weekend."

Yale (1-5-2, 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey) hosts St. Lawrence and Clarkson at Ingalls Rink next weekend.

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