October 31, 2011

Three Road Games in Five Days for Yale

Bulldogs Travel to Providence, Quinnipiac and Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team is in the midst of a stretch of five straight road games, and this week the Bulldogs will play games in three different states in a span of five days. After a non-conference game Tuesday night at Providence, Yale makes the short trip to local rival Quinnipiac on Friday night and then heads to New Jersey to play at Princeton Saturday afternoon.

Yale (0-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) dropped a pair of ECAC Hockey games last weekend at No. 3 Cornell and Colgate. Senior goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) and her freshman counterpart Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) combined to make 88 saves over the weekend, and together they are averaging nearly 39 saves per game for the season. Sophomore forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) has Yale's lone goal for the season, assisted by freshman forward Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) and junior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.).

The Bulldogs have had some success recently against Providence, winning three straight from 2006-2008 and gaining a 2-2 overtime tie in 2009 at Schneider Arena. Bray Ketchum '11 and senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) scored goals for Yale in that one, and Ketchum and senior defenseman Heather Grant (Toronto, Ont.) had assists. Yale also won its last meeting with Quinnipiac, 1-0 at Ingalls Rink, on sophomore forward Ashley Dunbar (Hillsborough, N.J.)'s first career goal. And the Bulldogs won their last visit to Princeton's Baker Rink, getting goals from Ketchum and Raines for the 2-1 victory.

Providence (1-6-2, 1-2-0 Hockey East) snapped a seven-game winless streak to start the season by winning 4-3 at Vermont Oct. 22. The Friars are coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 5 Boston College. Forward Corinne Buie leads the team in scoring (1-5-6). Goalie Genevieve Lacasse has a .923 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.

Quinnipiac (3-5-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) had lost four in a row prior to this past weekend, when the Bobcats went on the road and got conference wins at RPI and Union. QU is still looking to get its power play on track, as it has gone 0-for-15 with the man advantage over that past four games. But the Bobcats do not give opponents many power play chances -- they lead the nation in fewest penalty minutes per game (6.5). Forward Kelly Babstock leads the team in scoring (4-3-7), while goalie Victoria Vigilanti has a .903 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average.

Princeton (2-1-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey) opened its season with an upset of then-No. 8 Northeastern, and is coming off a 1-1 overtime tie at RPI. Forward Sally Butler leads the team in scoring (3-2-5), one of three sophomores atop Princeton's scoring list right now. That class has accounted for six of the team's nine goals and eight of the team's 14 assists. The Tigers are eighth in the country in scoring defense thanks to goalie Rachel Weber, who has a .924 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average.

 

Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Providence:

Friday, 7 p.m. at Quinnipiac:

Saturday, 4 p.m. at Princeton:

 

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