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No. 4 Mercyhurst Tops Yale 4-0 Again

Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

28 Saves for Leonoff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second straight game Saturday, Yale held one of the top offenses in the country below its season average. But as they had done Friday night, the No. 4 Mercyhurst Lakers had enough firepower to overcome the Bulldogs' defensive effort, led by 28 saves from sophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff. The end result was a win by the same score as Friday: 4-0. Two forwards from Mercyhurst's top line, Christine Bestland and Emily Janiga, scored two goals each.

Mercyhurst (12-1-1, 4-0-0 CHA) scored just one even strength goal Friday night, but the Lakers got two in the first period Saturday. But after holding the Lakers scoreless for more than 35 minutes Friday, the Bulldogs put together a similar string again Saturday. The Lakers did not score again until 11:21 of the third period, taking advantage of their one and only power play of the game to go up 3-0. That snapped a streak of 39:35 without a goal.

Another Lakers goal four minutes later put the game out of reach. Leonoff finished with 28 saves, while Stephanie Ciampa made 18 for Mercyhurst.

Yale (1-9-0, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) returns to action next Friday, hosting UConn in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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