Bulldogs Enter Weekend Four Points Away from Playoff Spot
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two of Yale's oldest rivals will be at Ingalls Rink Friday and Saturday as part of a busy pair of days that also includes Alumnae Weekend and Youth Day festivities. The Bulldogs host Dartmouth Friday night and Harvard Saturday afternoon.
Yale (5-12-2, 4-7-1 ECAC Hockey) looks to get back on the winning track after dropping a pair of games in the North Country last weekend. The Bulldogs got 70 saves on 74 shots from senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), but could not generate enough offense to come away with any points in the conference standings. Snikeris made 37 saves last Friday at Clarkson, and the Bulldogs got the game-tying goal with 3:58 to play from freshman defenseman Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.) (her first career goal), but the Golden Knights won it 2-1 in overtime. Snikeris added 33 more saves Saturday in a 2-0 loss at St. Lawrence. Her save percentage for the season now stands at .937, seventh in the country.
With help from Snikeris, Yale's penalty killing unit provided another bright spot for the weekend. The Bulldogs killed off all 11 penalties, extending their streak of successful penalty kills to 19. The last time Yale allowed a power-play goal was Dec. 4.
Dartmouth (12-8-0, 8-6-0 ECAC Hockey) enters the weekend tied for third in the ECAC Hockey standings. Following last week's sweep of three teams (Vermont, Union and RPI), a pair of Dartmouth players were honored by the conference. Forward Camille Dumais, who had three goals and three assists, was named Player of the Week. Dumais has played for Canada's U-18 team. Goalie Lindsay Holdcroft, who made 36 saves on 38 shots (.947) and posted a 0.67 goals-against average, was named Rookie of the Week.
The Big Green is sixth in the country in scoring offense (3.45 goals per game). Dartmouth also features two of the best special teams units in the country, ranking second on the power play (24.5 percent) and fifth on the penalty kill (90.1 percent). Sasha Nanji leads the nation's defensemen in scoring with 22 points (12-10-22) in 20 games.
Harvard (10-7-2, 9-3-2 ECAC Hockey) has won four straight and is 6-1-1 at home and 4-6-1 on the road. The tie at the Bright Center was against Yale, Oct. 29, in a game where Yale sophomore goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.) came on in relief of an injured Snikeris and made 32 saves to help the Bulldogs to a 3-3 deadlock. Kate Buesser leads Harvard in scoring (8-6-14). The Crimson roster includes sophomore forward Whitney Kennedy, Aurora's sister.
Saturday will be a busy day at Ingalls, as the Alumnae Weekend festivities include a pre-game reception and skate for alums and their families (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information). It is also Youth Day, including free admission and raffle prizes for children 12 and under. There will be a post-game autograph session.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity