Olympian Labonte Helps McGill Top Yale in Exhibition

Lauren Davis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lauren Davis. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Martlets Top Bulldogs 4-0

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Charline Labonte, who has won a pair of gold medals playing for Canada in the Olympics, made 19 saves for the shutout as McGill beat Yale 4-0 Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game at Ingalls Rink. Forward Melodie Daoust had a hat trick to lead the Martlets.

Junior Erin Callahan got the start in goal for Yale, her first action of the 2011-12 season. She stopped nine of 11 shots in one period of action, then gave way to senior Genny Ladiges for the second period.  Ladiges stopped 21 of the 23 shots she saw.

Daoust scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play, to give the Martlets a 2-0 lead in the first period. She then completed the hat trick when she was left all alone low in the right circle and wristed one past Ladiges at the 7:38 mark of the second. Forward Ann-Sophie Bettez' goal at 7:19 of the third extended the lead to 4-0.

The game was a mini-reunion for the Murray family, as Yale freshman defenseman Madi Murray squared off against her older sister Logan, a sophomore forward who was part of the Martlets' Canadian National Championship run last year.

Yale has 13 games left, all ECAC Hockey games. The Bulldogs host Clarkson and St. Lawrence next weekend.

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