Leonoff Makes 36 Saves
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first time the Yale women's ice hockey team played No. 4 Cornell this year, the Big Red had to fend off an upset bid with a third-period goal for a 3-2 win. Friday night's rematch was not as close. Three first-period goals enabled the Big Red to eliminate any chance of late-game drama. Cornell eventually finished with a 5-0 win. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 36 saves.
Leonoff made some spectacular saves in the first period, including a quick reaction with her left leg to deny a shot from defenseman Laura Fortino three minutes in, and another kick save on forward Monika Leck with just over two minutes to play. But the Big Red's onslaught of 19 shots in the period proved too tough. Cornell (15-4-0, 11-2-0 ECAC Hockey) went on top when Leck followed up her own shot and defenseman Lauriane Rougeau tapped the puck in as it neared the goal line at the 5:51 mark. Defenseman Alyssa Gagliardi then scored on a deflection at 12:48, and less than five minutes later defenseman Cassandra Poudrier scored to make it 3-0. Yale had just five shots for the period, and the Bulldogs had none during their lone power play.
Yale (3-16-1, 2-10-1 ECAC Hockey) had one of its best chances to score midway through the second period when junior Paige Decker put a shot on net and the rebound nearly trickled over the line before being cleared away. The Big Red almost got a goal in similar fashion later in the period. Leonoff made a save on Brianne Jenner, but the rebound floated dangerously through the crease. Junior forward Ashley Dunbar eventually scooped it up and skated away with it.
Leonoff made another quick reaction for a save late in the period, kicking aside a shot from high in the slot by forward Emily Fulton with 90 seconds left. But forward Brianne Jenner's goal at 19:29 made it 5-0 heading into the second intermission.
The third period was scoreless, including a 5-on-3 penalty kill by Yale. Cornell's Lauren Slebodnick finished with 13 saves for the shut out.
Yale hosts Colgate Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the annual "White Out for Mandi" game that is a fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. The game, in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), includes a special presentation of ECAC Hockey's Mandi Schwartz Award for 2011-12 to Yale's Aleca Hughes '12, who started the foundation. In addition, NHL player PK Subban is scheduled to appear and sign autographs to support the fundraiser.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
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