41 Saves for Ladiges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown forward Sarah Robson's hat trick powered the Bears past the Yale women's hockey team 4-1 Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium. Robson had one of two power play goals for the Bears, who were 2-for-5 on the man advantage. Senior defenseman Heather Grant scored Yale's goal, while senior goalie Genny Ladiges finished with 41 saves.
The Bulldogs controlled play early on thanks largely to a Brown penalty nearly two minutes in. Yale's top power play unit generated several shots during that stretch, but senior forward Aleca Hughes had one deflected wide, Grant had one blocked and another one deflected wide and Hughes then sent a wrister wide before Brown goalie Aubree Moore stopped another shot by Hughes.
Brown took advantage of one of its few early chances, as Robson skated past a defender and rifled one past Ladiges at 8:24.
Yale once again generated some good chances on a power play later in the first, but Hughes had a shot deflected by Moore up into the netting and Moore also directed a shot by freshman forward Lynn Kennedy wide.
A pair of breakaways at the end of the first period came up empty to keep the score intact. Just after Yale sophomore forward Patricia McGauley sent one wide, Brown forward Katleyn Landry sent one high. The Bears held a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Ladiges provided the highlights early in the second as Yale had its first penalty kill. While down on the ice from trying to get to a shot that went wide, she scrambled over to the near post and somehow was able to deny forward Alena Polenska's attempt to jam the loose puck in. Right after that a flurry of shots caused the goal judge to put the goal light on momentarily, but Ladiges had made the save; she would finish with 24 stops in the second period alone.
Moore made one of her best stops of the night when Kennedy fed sophomore forward Jackie Raines on a breakaway and Moore denied Raines' backhand attempt, plus Kennedy's attempt at a follow-up. Moore, who would finish with 24 stops, also nabbed a tricky slap shot by junior defenseman Natalie Wedell that was deflected in front.
A quick kick save by Ladiges on a shot from forward Skyelar Siwak from between the circles kept Yale within one, but a penalty on the Bulldogs at 12:01 led to a power play goal for Brown forward Janice Yang just 47 seconds later. Yang knocked a loose puck past a sprawled-out Ladiges and junior defenseman Emily DesMeules in the crease.
The Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game when Hughes grabbed a loose puck low in the right circle and fed it back to Grant, who flipped one past Moore with only 48.9 seconds left in the period. Junior forward Danielle Moncion also picked up an assist on the play.
Raines nearly snuck one past Moore with a quick shot from a face off 30 seconds into the third, but Moore was able to make the stop. Three minutes later Raines skated through the Bears defense for a backhander that went high.
Robson expanded the lead to 3-1 with her second goal of the game, at the 7:35 mark of the third. Yale's best chance to get back in it came during a delayed penalty on Brown at the 10:12 mark. As the Bulldogs pulled Ladiges for an extra attacker, forward Stephanie Mock beat Moore to a loose puck in the Brown zone and momentarily had a completely empty net to work with, but she was at too tough of an angle to be able to get off a good shot. Robson's power play goal at 14:58 gave her the hat trick and put the game out of reach.
Yale hosts No. 9 Harvard and No. 10 Dartmouth this weekend at Ingalls Rink.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity