Union’s Gallagher Blanks Bulldogs

Jen Matichuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jen Matichuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Season-High 34 Shots for Yale

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Yale put a season-high 34 shots on goal Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink, but Union goalie Kate Gallagher stopped them all for her first shutout of the year as the Dutchwomen beat the Bulldogs 2-0. Yale senior goalie Genny Ladiges made 22 saves.

The Bulldogs clamped down defensively late in the RPI game Friday night, and carried that momentum over to the start of Saturday's game. They did not allow Union a shot on goal for the first 11 minutes, and by then the Bulldogs themselves had put nine shots on net. Yale had some of its best chances on a power play less than two minutes into the game, setting up senior defenseman Heather Grant for three shots. But Gallagher (who entered the day third in the NCAA with a .945 save percentage) made a kick save on one, one went wide, and one was blocked in front. Another flurry of shots at the end of the first gave Yale 12 for the period, but Gallagher stopped them all.

Gallagher went right back to work in the second, gloving a shot from sophomore forward Jackie Raines a minute in after Raines stole the puck while the Dutchwomen were trying to bring it out of their own zone. Right after that Union forward Stefanie Thomson scored, and soon the Dutchwomen began generating more offense. Ladiges made a great glove save on forward Rhianna Kurio off a pass from forward Bryanne Panchuk during a 2-on-1. Ladiges also managed to get just enough of a shot by Kurio later in the period right after Kurio freed herself up with a spin move low in the right circle. The Bulldogs killed off one penalty late in the second and went into the third trailing 1-0.

A pair of penalties on Union early in the third gave Yale nearly four straight minutes on the power play, but the Bulldogs could not convert. During a brief 5-on-3, a faceoff win by junior forward Alyssa Zupon enabled Grant to set up senior forward Aleca Hughes for a hard slap shot that was stopped by Gallagher.

A power play goal by Dutchwomen forward Lauren Hoffman on a rebound changed the tone of the game for the final 9:33. The Bulldogs generated some quality chances in an effort to close the gap, with senior forward Lauren Davis just missing a chance to knock in a shot by sophomore forward Paige Decker and Gallagher denying junior forward Jen Matichuk from down low right after that. A faceoff win by Zupon set up Raines for a slap shot that went wide with 5:30 to play.

Ladiges was pulled for an extra attacker with three minutes to play, and at that same time a penalty on Union gave the Bulldogs a two-skater advantage. But after a Grant shot was blocked Union cleared the zone, and the Bulldogs struggled to re-gain possession until it was too late. Gallagher gloved a shot by Hughes with 39 seconds to play to put an exclamation mark on the victory.

Yale travels to Brown on Tuesday night.

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