Bulldogs Seeking First Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team heads to the Empire State this weekend to start ECAC Hockey play. The Bulldogs visit Colgate Friday at 3:00 p.m. and No. 2 Cornell Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Yale (0-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) opened the season with non-conference losses at Robert Morris and RIT this past weekend. Sophomore goalkeeper Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) totaled 70 saves, including 37 Friday night at RMU. She kept the Colonials scoreless until the third period, when they scored twice to come away with a 2-0 win. Her .933 save percentage places her eighth in the country.
The Bulldogs' penalty killing unit had a good night in the season opener, killing off all five RMU power plays. For the weekend as a whole Yale killed off nine of 11 penalties (.818).
Senior forwards Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.) and Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) led Yale in the faceoff circle, combining to win 46 of 83 draws. Sophomore forward Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) led the team in shots with seven, followed by freshman forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) and junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.).
Colgate (2-4-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey), which is in its first season under head coach Greg Fargo, lost four straight games to start the season by a combined score of 26-1. Those games were against current No. 1 Minnesota, No. 7 Northeastern and New Hampshire, however -- teams with a combined record of 15-3-0. The Raiders bounced back nicely from that tough start to sweep UConn, 5-3 and 4-1, before taking this past weekend off. Forward Jocelyn Simpson leads the Raiders in goals with three. Yale's last meeting with Colgate ended in a 1-1 overtime tie thanks to 43 saves from Genny Ladiges '12 and a goal from junior forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) assisted by Mock and Zupon.
Cornell (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey), which hosts St. Lawrence on Tuesday and Brown on Friday before the Bulldogs come to town, split its series with No. 3 BU to open the season this past weekend. Six different players scored goals for the Big Red, and four players each had a pair of assists. The Big Red has won the last three ECAC Hockey championships and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four each year, making it to the national title game in 2010-11. Forward Jillian Saulnier was the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year last season, while defenseman Lauriane Rougeau was named the conference's best defensive defenseman. Forward Brianne Jenner was just named to Team Canada's roster for the upcoming 4 Nations Cup tournament.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity