October 22, 2013

Bulldogs Get Another Shot in Boston, Face NCAA Runner-Up BU

Team Looks to Follow up on Impressive Showing in Opener at BC

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In the season opener last Saturday, the Yale women's ice hockey team came within 15 minutes of a major upset. The Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead at No. 2 Boston College until a power-play goal at 5:22 of the third enabled the Eagles to tie the game, and BC went on to win 4-3 on a goal with 4:05 left in regulation. This Saturday, the Bulldogs head back to Boston -- this time to take on Boston University, a team that advanced to the NCAA Championship game last year. The Terriers are among the teams also receiving votes in the national polls.

The season opener at BC showcased an impressive freshman class for Yale (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey), as newcomers accounted for a pair of goals and an assist. Freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zurich, Switzerland) gave Yale a 3-2 lead with a short-handed goal at 18:41 of the second. BC eventually rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the third, but freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.) tied the game at 10:26 -- assisted by Staenz and sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.). Yale's other goal came from sophomore forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.), Yale's leader in goals last season. All told, sophomores and freshmen totaled seven of the team's eight points in the game.

Junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) made 43 saves against the Eagles, including 20 in the first period. That was the 10th time in her career she has made 40 or more saves in a game.

Yale is 1-1-0 all-time against BU, having beaten the Terriers 4-1 at Ingalls Rink in November of 2008 and fallen by the same score in January of 2010 in Boston.

BU (2-1-1, 0-0-0 Hockey East) opened its season on the road against a pair of ECAC Hockey teams, tying Rensselaer 2-2 in overtime and then beating Union 3-2 in overtime. The Terriers then split a pair of games at Robert Morris.

Forward Rebecca Russo leads BU in goals and is tied for the team lead in points (3-1-4). Two of her goals have come on the power play. Kerrin Sperry has played most of the minutes in goal, posting a .941 save percentage and a 1.92 goals-against average.

The Terriers are coming off a 2012-13 season in which they went 28-6-3 en route to winning the Hockey East championships (regular season and tournament) and advancing to the NCAA Championship game. They lost 6-3 to Minnesota for the NCAA title. Yale will host the No. 1-ranked Gophers for two games at Ingalls Rink Nov. 23-24.

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