Yale Heads to Capital District for Pair of ECAC Hockey Games

Gretchen Tarrant. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gretchen Tarrant. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs at RPI Friday, at Union Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With its first point in the conference standings thanks to a scoreless overtime tie with then-No. 7 Quinnipiac last Saturday, the Yale women's ice hockey team heads to the Capital District of New York this weekend for two more ECAC Hockey games. The Bulldogs visit Rensselaer Friday at 4:00 p.m. and Union Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Yale (0-5-1, 0-3-1 ECAC Hockey) continues to get great goaltending from junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.), who made 44 saves in shutting out Quinnipiac last Saturday. That was a season high for her, one more than she made in the season opener at then-No. 2 BC. She now has 11 career games with 40 or more saves.

Six different players have scored goals for the Bulldogs this season; senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) joined that club with a goal last Friday vs. Princeton. Tomimoto's tally was Yale's first power play goal of the season. The Bulldogs killed off all six penalties they incurred last weekend.

Freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.) leads the team with a pair of goals, including one last Friday vs. Princeton. Sophomore forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) leads Yale in assists and points (1-3-4) and has yet to commit a penalty this season. She and freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zurich, Switzerland) are tied for the team lead in shots with 21. The Bulldogs are averaging 28.2 shots per game, a dramatic increase over last season (19.5). The last time the team averaged that many shots per game was 2008-09.

Rensselaer (3-7-1, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) has a win over No. 6 Harvard (2-1 on Nov. 1) to its credit, and the Engineers were within 2-1 of No. 3 Cornell until a late goal by the Big Red sealed a 3-1 win last Friday. The Engineers followed up by shutting out Colgate 3-0 in their game last Saturday, getting 28 saves from Kelly O'Brien. She has a .907 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. Forward Laura Horwood leads the team in points (3-4-7). The Engineers are just 4-for-55 on the power play (.073).

Union (4-8-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey) has dropped three in a row since knocking off Dartmouth 3-0 on Nov. 1 (snapping a 30-game winless streak in ECAC Hockey play). The Dutchwomen have scored two or fewer goals in 10 of their last 11 games after opening the season with eight goals in the first two games. Forward Courtney Turner leads the team in points (4-6-10), including two of the team's eight power play goals. Goalie Shenae Lundberg has a .897 save percentage and a 3.19 goals-against average.

Yale and Union skated to a pair of 1-1 ties last season. Haddad scored in the first game, when Leonoff made 31 saves. Sophomore defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) scored in the second game, when Leonoff made 32 saves. The Bulldogs were tied with Rensselaer after two periods in both games last season, but each time the Engineers outscored Yale in the third to claim the victory.

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