November 12, 2011

Bulldogs Fall to RPI Despite 47 Saves from Ladiges

Engineers Top Yale 5-0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale finished its first weekend of ECAC Hockey play at Ingalls Rink with a split, falling to RPI on Saturday after topping Union 3-2 in overtime Friday night. The Bulldogs were outshot 52-15 by the Engineers, who got a hat trick from forward Eleeza Cox. Senior goalie Genny Ladiges made 47 saves for Yale, the second time in the last four games she has made at least 40 saves.

RPI outshot Yale 20-7 in the first period but only scored once, a power-play tally by Cox at 17:53. That left Yale in a similar situation to the previous night, when the Bulldogs were outshot 14-1 by Union in the first frame but surrendered only one goal, on a power play. The Bulldogs then outshot the Dutchwomen 23-17 the rest of the way, coming back from deficits twice before winning it in overtime on a goal by sophomore forward Jackie Raines.

That same formula did not work on Saturday, though, as RPI kept up its offensive onslaught in the second period. The Engineers outshot Yale 14-3 in the second and extended their lead to 3-0 on goals by forwards Jill Vandergrift and Jordan Smelker.

Cox scored on a penalty shot at 3:01 of the third, then got RPI's fifth goal when she scored on the power play again at 6:14. Engineers goalie Brianna Piper finished with 15 saves for the shutout.

Yale was hurt by seven penalties in the game, the seventh time in nine games that the Bulldogs have had at least six penalties. Yale also remained without four defensemen, all injured.

The Bulldogs travel to Mercyhurst next weekend.

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