Bulldogs Seek to Even Conference Record
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale wraps up a stretch of four games in 10 days Wednesday night, hosting Brown at Ingalls Rink at 7 p.m. A win would lift Yale to the .500 mark in conference play.
Yale (5-10-2, 4-5-1 ECAC Hockey) has had success against Brown recently, including a 7-1-1 record since 2006. The Bulldogs swept the season series last year, winning 3-0 in New Haven and 3-2 in Providence. The shutout marked the third time in senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.)'s career that she has blanked the Bears, including one in her second career start her freshman year.
Snikeris has been busy of late, making 111 saves in three games in a six-day span. That included a career-high 49 against No. 6 BC on Jan. 3, and 33 in Saturday's 3-1 win over Colgate. Her .934 save percentage places her ninth in the country, second among ECAC Hockey goalies.
Four different players have scored for the Bulldogs in the three games since the end of winter break, including freshman forward Jenna Ciotti (Manotick, Ont.), junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), senior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.). Ketchum had three goals against Brown last season, including the game-winner in overtime at Meehan Auditorium Jan. 31.
Brown (2-10-3, 1-6-3 ECAC Hockey) is winless in its last nine games (0-7-2) and has been shut out four times in its last five games. That is in part due to a tough schedule, as five of the Bears' last seven opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Bears goalie Katie Jamieson matched Snikeris save-for-save in the two games these teams played last season, as both goalies finished with 61 saves. Jamieson has a .922 save percentage for the year, and a 2.68 goals-against average. She made 65 saves last weekend as the Bears tied Colgate 2-2 in overtime and lost to No. 2 Cornell 3-0.
Forward Laurie Jolin leads Brown in goals (five) and points (eight). Forwards Erica Farrer and Jessica Hoyle are tied for second on the team in points. Seventeen of Brown's 21 goals have come from freshmen and sophomores.
Brown and Yale are two of the least-penalized teams in the country (two of only five teams averaging fewer than eight penalty minutes per game). Yale has killed off all eight penalties in the last three games, and has allowed just two power-play goals since Nov. 26.
Yale is currently seventh in the conference standings, and Brown is 11th. The top eight teams make the playoffs, with the top four teams hosting best-of-three quarterfinal series the weekend of Feb. 25.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity