Bulldogs Seeking Upsets
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team has a chance to knock off a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend as No. 9 Harvard and No. 10 Dartmouth visit Ingalls Rink. Saturday's game is Youth Day, with free admission for children 12 and under, raffles, giveaways and a post-game autograph session with the team.
Yale head coach Joakim Flygh will once again face his former employer on Friday night. Flygh was an assistant coach at Harvard for three seasons, from 2007 to 2010, before taking over the Bulldogs.
Yale (1-20-0, 1-13-0 ECAC Hockey) had some close games against these two teams last season. At Harvard on Oct. 29, 2010, the Bulldogs came away with a 3-3 tie as junior goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.) made 32 saves in relief of an injured Jackee Snikeris '11. The Bulldogs were actually 14 seconds away from winning the game, having taken a 3-2 lead on a third-period goal by junior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), before the Crimson tied it. Yale also had a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Dartmouth at Ingalls last January, as a third-period goal by senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) with 6:35 to play pulled the Bulldogs within one but they could not get the equalizer.
Hughes, Yale's captain, enters the weekend with the team lead in assists and points (3-8-11). Sophomore forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) leads the team with seven goals, including five on the power play.
Senior goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) has played some of her best hockey of late, with 40 or more saves in four of the last five games. She is fourth in ECAC Hockey with 533 saves, and since Nov. 25 she has posted a .910 save percentage (272 saves) while allowing only 15 even-strength goals in eight games.
Harvard (12-6-1, 9-4-1 ECAC Hockey) enters the weekend in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings, three points behind second-place Quinnipiac and seven points behind first-place Cornell. The Crimson is ninth in the country in scoring defense (1.95 goals per game) and 10th in scoring offense (3.26 goals per game). Forward Jillian Dempsey leads the team in scoring (12-12-24), while goalie Laura Bellamy has a .918 save percentage and a 1.94 goals-against average.
Dartmouth (12-6-2, 8-4-2 ECAC Hockey) is the only ECAC Hockey team to have knocked off first-place Cornell, and the Big Green nearly pulled that feat off a second time last weekend. After taking a 5-4 win at Lynah Rink Nov. 11, Dartmouth pushed Cornell to overtime at Thompson Arena last Saturday before falling 1-0. That snapped the Big Green's eight-game unbeaten streak.
Forward Camille Dumais leads Dartmouth in scoring (9-16-25), while forward Reagan Fischer has four game-winning goals (tied for seventh nationally). Lindsay Holdcroft has a .918 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity