Yale, Union Skate to 1-1 Tie

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Aurora Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Martini Scores Yale Goal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After allowing a late game-tying goal, the Yale women's ice hockey team wound up with a 1-1 tie against Union Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman defenseman Kate Martini with 14:27 to play, but Union scored with an extra attacker with 15.8 seconds left to tie the game.

Union (7-21-4, 0-16-4 ECAC Hockey) had a 13-5 shot advantage in the first period, but sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff kept the Dutchwomen off the scoreboard. One of her toughest saves came when forward Jessica Kaminsky skated into the right circle and dropped a pass back to forward Christine Valente for a wide-open shot. Leonoff sticked that one aside.

Yale's best chance of the first came when sophomore forward Lynn Kennedy deflected a shot by junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy, but Union goalie Maddie Dahl kicked that one away.

Leonoff ended the period with saves on a flurry of shots by forwards Jeannie Sabourin and Nicole Bartlett just before the buzzer.

The game's first penalty came late in the second period, and the Bulldog penalty killing unit was up to the task. Leonoff faced rapid-fire chances, as her save on Valente was followed up by a pair of saves on forward Bryanne Panchuk. Martini was then able to shovel the puck out of the zone as time expired in the period.

The Bulldogs' first chance to take the lead came when junior forwards Ashley Dunbar and Patricia McGauley came in to the Union zone on a 2-on-1 two minutes into the period. But Dahl was able to make the save on Dunbar's shot and keep the rebound just out of the reach of McGauley on the right wing.

Yale (4-19-3, 3-13-3 ECAC Hockey) went ahead when senior forward Danielle Moncion set up junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto for a shot that was blocked by Union defenseman Ashley Johnston. The puck went right to Martini between the circles, and she blasted a slap shot that hit the cross bar loudly and went in to put Yale up 1-0.

The Bulldogs killed off another penalty later in the period, extending their streak of successful penalty kills to 29. As the game entered the final two minutes, a poke check by Aurora Kennedy helped disrupt Union's attempt to set up on offense and pull Dahl. But after a faceoff in the Yale zone with 1:27 to play, the Dutchwomen were able to get the extra attacker out on the ice. After a pair of saves by Leonoff on Valente, a clearing attempt by freshman forward Jamie Haddad wound up just missing the empty net. With the faceoff back in Yale's zone, the Bulldogs called time. As the game entered the final seconds, forward Rhianna Kurio skated in from the blue line and took advantage of a screen on Leonoff to slip one past her and tie the game.

Overtime saw multiple quality chances for each team. Leonoff sticked aside a shot by forward Courtney Turner with 3:30 to play, but Shenae Lundberg -- who came on for Dahl in the final seconds of regulation -- kicked aside a shot by Lynn Kennedy that was set up by freshman forward Hanna Åström right after that.

After forward Jessica Kaminsky sent a one-timer wide, Leonoff made a save on forward Stefanie Thomson with two minutes to play. The Bulldogs had multiple chances on offense after that, but Lundberg stopped them all. Moncion hustled to a loose puck in the Union zone and was able to backhand one on net that Lundberg just barely covered up. Lundberg then made saves on shots by Martini, Haddad and Tomimoto in the final minute.

Leonoff made a pair of saves in the final seconds to finish with 31 for the game.

Getting one point in the standings helps keep the Bulldogs' playoff hopes alive. Princeton, which lost to St. Lawrence Saturday, continues to hold the eighth and final ECAC Hockey playoff spot. Yale, which trails the Tigers by three points, hosts Quinnipiac next Friday night.

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

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