First Home Games of 2012-13 as Yale Hosts Dartmouth, No. 6 Harvard

Emily DesMeules. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Coming Off Weekend Split; Leonoff Goalie of the Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a shutout win at Colgate and a near-upset at No. 2 Cornell, the Yale women's ice hockey team hosts its first home regular season games of 2012-13 this weekend as ECAC Hockey foes Dartmouth (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and No. 6 Harvard (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) visit Ingalls Rink.

Yale (1-3-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) is one of four teams in the conference that split the opening weekend of games; four other teams went 2-0 and four others went 0-2. Sophomore Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors for her work in Yale's split, making 31 saves in the 3-0 shutout at Colgate and then adding 39 more stops in the 3-2 loss at Cornell.

Leonoff, who is ninth in country with a .946 save percentage, has made 31 or more saves in every game this season and has made 70 total saves each weekend. She has a .959 save percentage in conference games and leads the conference with 70 saves in conference games.

The Bulldogs had gone scoreless in their first two games, but they turned that trend around dramatically against Colgate last Friday. Goals from three different players -- including the first career goals for freshmen forwards Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) and Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) -- led Yale to its biggest margin of victory since a 5-0 win at Union Feb. 5, 2011. Senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Yale's captain, also scored.

Freshman defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) had a four-point weekend, including three assists on Friday and her first career goal on Saturday. That goal came on the power play, one of three power-play goals for Yale on the weekend. That unit has now scored on three of its last nine chances after going scoreless on its first seven chances of the season.

Dartmouth (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) opened its season with a 3-1 win at Princeton, then lost 8-3 at Quinnipiac. Forwards Reagan Fischer (1-2-3) and Laura Stacey (0-3-3) lead the Big Green in points. Forward Lindsey Allen has a pair of power-play goals. Lindsay Holdcroft and Kate Milligan have split time in goal.

Harvard (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC Hockey), which plays at Brown Friday, opened its season with a 2-0 win at Quinnipiac, then won 9-1 at Princeton. Forward Jillian Dempsey had six points (3-3-6), giving her 109 points (55-54-109) in 97 career games. Forward Mary Parker had three assists in the first two games.

Harvard's power play is three-for-nine so far this season. The Crimson has incurred just three penalties and has killed them all off.

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

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