January 28, 2011

Power-Play Goal Gives Dartmouth 2-1 Win Over Yale

Snikeris Makes 35 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team continues racking up time on the power play, but so far the Bulldogs have not been able to make it pay off in wins. Yale had nine chances with the man advantage Friday night against Dartmouth at Ingalls Rink but could not score. The Bulldogs were hit with six penalties of their own and killed off all but one of them -- but that goal was enough to give Dartmouth the margin it needed for a 2-1 win.

Yale (5-13-2, 4-8-1 ECAC Hockey) had generated eight power play chances in the game at St. Lawrence last Saturday but came up empty in a 2-0 loss.

The Bulldogs and the Big Green had one power play each in the first period Friday, but neither scored. Forward Kelly Foley's even-strength goal at 6:30 gave Dartmouth (13-8-0, 9-6-0 ECAC Hockey) a 1-0 lead.

The whistles started coming fast and furious in the second period, as each team had four power play chances. Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris continued to be Yale's most effective penalty killer, sticking away a slap shot in traffic by defenseman Sasha Nanji and then denying forward Amanda Trunzo after a perfect feed from forward Erica Dobos set her up just to Snikeris' right. After a clear by junior defenseman Heather Grant, Snikeris made one more glove save to kill off Dartmouth's third power play of the game.

On Dartmouth's fifth power play of the game, however, the Big Green got a goal from forward Erica Dobos to go up 2-0. That snapped a string of 23 successful penalty kills for Yale, dating back to December 4 of 2010.

As the penalties kept accumulating Yale had 76 seconds of 5-on-3 at the end of the second period, but a hard slap shot by junior forward Aleca Hughes that went wide was the Bulldogs' only scoring chance.

After two more Yale power plays went for naught early in the third, the Bulldogs crept closer with an even-strength goal in transition at 13:25. Hughes and senior forward Bray Ketchum charged into the zone on an odd-man rush, and Hughes buried a pass from Ketchum high on Big Green goalie Lindsay Holdcroft.

Yale's final power play of the night came with 4:16 to play, and the Bulldogs called timeout to set up. They were unable to get any quality chances, though, and Hughes slid the puck wide after gathering in a turnover in the Dartmouth zone.

A backhanded shot by junior forward Lauren Davis was stopped by Holdcroft with 58 seconds to play, and on the ensuing face-off the Bulldogs pulled Snikeris for an extra attacker. Sophomore forward Alyssa Zupon's deflection in front was covered by Holdcroft with 19 seconds to play, and after winning the face-off the Big Green tied the puck up along the boards to run out the clock. Holdcroft finished with 25 saves, while Snikeris made 35 saves -- her fourth straight game with 30 or more saves.

Yale hosts Harvard Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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

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