Bulldogs Fall to No. 8 Northeastern

Lynn Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lynn Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale hung with the No. 8 team in the country, Northeastern, for nearly two full periods Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs trailed the Huskies just 2-0 until late in the second, when Northeastern tallied twice in a span of 12 seconds. The visitors then tacked on three power-play goals in the third period for a 7-0 win.

Forward Lucy Povova scored the first goal of the game for Northeastern (5-1-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East), at 9:48 of the first. She would finish the day with two goals and three assists. After getting outshot 16-9 in the first the Bulldogs trailed just 1-0 thanks to 15 saves from freshman goalie Jaimie Leonoff, getting her first career start. She would finish with 35 saves.

Forward Dani Rylan increased the NU lead to 2-0 at 7:11 of the second. The Bulldogs kept the Huskies within striking distance until a pair of tallies at 17:43 (by defender Stephanie Gavronsky) and 17:55 (by forward Rachel Llanes) made the score 4-0.

A day after taking six penalties in a 5-1 loss to Niagara, the Bulldogs kept away from the penalty box for the first two periods Saturday, drawing just three whistles. But the third period was a different story, as four Yale penalties led to three Northeastern power play goals for the 7-0 final. Povova and Gavronsky scored again, and defender Maggie DiMasi capped the scoring.

Florence Schelling, a member of the Swiss National Team, made 30 saves for her 12th career shutout.

Yale (0-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) opens ECAC Hockey play next weekend with the Cornell-Colgate trip.

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