November 20, 2010

Hughes’ OT Goal Caps 3-2 Comeback Win Over Clarkson

Bulldogs Rally Past Golden Knights

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The ranks of the unbeaten teams in ECAC Hockey play were thinned by one Saturday, courtesy of Yale. Junior forward Aleca Hughes' goal at 3:14 of overtime gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 win over Clarkson, the Golden Knights' first loss in league play. Junior goalie Genny Ladiges made 36 saves, including three in overtime, for the victory.

The win required a pair of comebacks by the Bulldogs, who became the first team to come away with a win when trailing Clarkson heading into the third period (the Golden Knights had been 5-0-2 when leading after two).

Clarkson got on the scoreboard first when forward Jamie-Lee Rattray scored at 6:03 of the first. But the Bulldogs answered on a power play nearly nine minutes later. In the Clarkson zone, junior defenseman Heather Grant sent the puck across the ice just inside the blue line to sophomore defenseman Tara Tomimoto. Sophomore forward Alyssa Zupon got a piece of Tomimoto's shot to slip it past Clarkson goalie Erica Howe (27 saves) at 14:42.

Clarkson (5-8-2, 3-1-1 ECAC Hockey) went back ahead late in the second on a power-play goal by Hailey Wood, but Yale's top scoring line started showing signs of breaking out as the third period wore on. After a series of near misses, senior forward Bray Ketchum corralled a pass in the neutral zone by Grant and skated her way around three defenders before rifling one past Howe while falling to the ice.

With time winding down in overtime an icing call put the puck in Clarkson's zone. After Ketchum sent a shot just wide Grant denied Clarkson's efforts to clear and sent the puck back towards the net. Clarkson was once again looking to clear when Hughes' forechecking caused a turnover, and she chased the puck down along the boards before heading back through the left circle. She then wristed one top shelf for the game-winner and was mobbed by her team mates.

Cornell, which improved to 6-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play with a 4-0 win over Quinnipiac Saturday, is now the only remaining team unbeaten in conference play.

Yale will play in the annual Nutmeg Classic next weekend at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center. The tournament features the four Division I women's ice hockey teams in the state of Connecticut, and after Quinnipiac plays Sacred Heart in the opener Friday Yale will play UConn. The championship and consolation games take place Saturday.

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