Ladiges Stops 47, but No. 3 Cornell Prevails on Senior Day
Bulldogs Salute Class of 2012 in Home Finale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team paid tribute to its senior class -- forward Lauren Davis, defenseman Heather Grant, forward Aleca Hughes and goalie Genny Ladiges -- Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink in the final regular season home game. While No. 3 Cornell had too much firepower for the Bulldogs, prevailing 6-1, Ladiges provided one last round of memorable moments as she tied her career high with 47 saves. It was the ninth time this season she has surpassed the 40-save mark.
Cornell, which came in to the game having won 13 of its last 14, had the added motivation of knowing that a win Saturday would clinch the ECAC Hockey regular season championship. That led to a fast start for the Big Red, and Yale could not recover. The Big Red scored three goals in the first 6:05, with three different players lighting the lamp, before the Bulldogs settled down.
Special teams wound up being more of a factor than Yale would have liked Saturday, as Cornell's power-play unit -- ranked No. 2 in the country at 26.2 percent at the start of the day -- would get seven chances in the game and convert two of them.
After allowing a goal on their first penalty kill, the Yale PK unit then denied two more Big Red power plays in the first to keep the score 3-0 heading into intermission. But the Bulldogs could not generate any offense in the first, as their lone shot on goal for the period was a long-distance one from senior Davis with less than three minutes to go. They would post four shots on goal in each remaining period.
The Bulldogs' first shot of the second period came much quicker than it did in the first, as three minutes in sophomore forward Paige Decker put one on goal that Lauren Slebodnick stopped. Four minutes later Yale got its first power play, but that wound up resulting in a short-handed goal for Big Red forward Rebecca Johnston. Sophomore forward Jackie Raines got off a shot that Slebodnick stopped just as the power play ended, but other than that the Bulldogs were unable to take advantage of the man advantage.
Raines broke up Cornell's shutout bid a minute into the third with her second goal of the weekend, stealing the puck in the Yale zone and skating it up the ice before firing one through Slebodnick's pads from long distance. That snapped a Big Red streak of seven straight periods without letting up a goal.
After another successful penalty kill by Yale, the Big Red got back on the board when forward Brianne Jenner stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated in all alone for her second goal of the game and 15th of the season with nine minutes to play. That made the final 6-1.
Following the game all four seniors were honored on the ice and during a post-game reception in the Schley Room.
Yale finishes the 2011-12 season next weekend at No. 10 Dartmouth and No. 8 Harvard.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity