Upset Bid at No. 2 BC Denied; Bulldogs Fall 4-3
Leonoff Makes 43 Saves
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Yale women's ice hockey team put a scare into No. 2 Boston College Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum in the Bulldogs' season opener. Yale held leads twice -- 1-0 and 2-1 -- before the Eagles rallied for a 4-3 win, getting the game-winning goal while short-handed with 4:05 left in regulation. Junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff finished with 43 saves.
This was the first of 10 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago for the Bulldogs (BC advanced to the Frozen Four). Yale (0-1, 0-0 ECAC Hockey) first took the lead at 7:23 of the first, with sophomore forward Jamie Haddad -- the Bulldogs' leading goal scorer last season -- scoring off assists by sophomore forward Hanna Åström and senior defenseman Aurora Kennedy.
Four minutes later, Boston College (4-1-0, 1-1-0 Hockey East) tied the game on a goal by forward Melissa Bizzari from behind the net, as she flipped it in off Leonoff's back. That was the only blemish on Leonoff's record for the first; she stopped the other 20 shots she faced in the frame as the Eagles outshot Yale 21-11.
The Bulldogs' penalty kill unit, which finished 5-for-6, generated a short-handed goal to put Yale up 2-1 at 18:41 of the second. Freshman forward Phoebe Staenz scored her first career goal, assisted by sophomore defenseman Kate Martini. Thanks to 12 more saves by Leonoff, Yale skated into the second intermission with the lead.
Boston College tied the game with a power play goal from defenseman Lexi Bender 5:22 into the third, and four minutes later a goal by forward Dana Trevigno gave the Eagles their first lead.
Yale did not go away quietly. The Bulldogs tied the game 3-3 on the first career goal by freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck, who put in a rebound of her own shot assisted by sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara and Staenz with 9:34 remaining in regulation.
BC finally went ahead for good on a short-handed goal by forward Taylor Wasylk, denying the Bulldogs' upset bid. Corinne Boyles finished with 25 saves for the Eagles.
Yale visits another NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, No. 7/8 BU, next Saturday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity