Power Play Goals Lift Union Past Yale 3-1

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Tara Tomimoto. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Haddad Scores for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Union women's hockey team entered Friday with the fifth-best power play in the country, 19.3 percent, and Yale found out just how dangerous that unit was Friday night at Ingalls Rink. After a scoreless first period in which Yale outshot Union 13-7, the Dutchwomen turned the tables with 17 shots and two power play goals in the second. They then held on for a 3-1 win, with Yale's lone goal coming from sophomore forward Jamie Haddad.

Union (9-19-1, 4-13-0 ECAC Hockey), which has set the school record for overall wins and conference wins this season, got 13 saves from goalie Shenae Lundberg to keep the Bulldogs at bay in the first period.

The Dutchwomen got their first chance with the man advantage midway through the second. Yale junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff made a nice kick save on a shot by defenseman Alex Tancrell-Fontaine, then denied a pair of shots from in front by defenseman Ashley Johnston and forward Stefanie Thomson. But Union kept up the pressure, and Tancrell-Fontaine passed the puck across the ice to defenseman Maddy Norton. Norton sent the puck in front, where it deflected to Thomson near the right post, and Thomson stuffed it in to give the Dutchwomen a 1-0 lead at the 9:56 mark.

A pair of penalties on Yale later in the second gave Union a 5-on-3, and the Dutchwomen power play unit delivered quickly. Right after Leonoff made a save on Thomson, a shot by Norton deflected in just below the crossbar to give Union a 2-0 lead at 15:48.

The Bulldogs still had to finish off the rest of the penalty kill after that, and did so successfully thanks to a clear by junior forward Jackie Raines. Yale incurred another penalty in the waning minutes of the second, but Leonoff grabbed an attempt from the slot by forward Christine Valente, then made a kick save on forward Kathryn Tomaselli. She then kicked aside a slap shot by defenseman Kathryn Davis, and made another save on Davis, before a block by junior defenseman Madi Murray helped the Bulldogs keep the Dutchwomen from tacking on another goal right before the period ended.

Union extended its lead to 3-0 when Thomson wristed one in at the 11:25 mark of the third. Yale got a power play 30 seconds later, but could not take advantage. Lundberg turned aside a shot by sophomore forward Jamie Haddad right before the penalty expired.

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Haddad broke the scoring drought for Yale, firing in her ninth goal of the year off assists by sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara and senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto. But with just 4:33 left in the game at that point, a comeback was not in the cards. The Bulldogs pulled Leonoff for an extra skater with 2:30 to play, and even got a power play for the final 30 seconds, but could not get back in the game.

Lundberg finished with 28 saves, while Leonoff made 25.

Yale (7-13-4, 5-8-4 ECAC Hockey) continues to play without freshman forward Phoebe Staenz, who starts play for her native Switzerland Saturday morning at the Olympics. The Bulldogs have dropped three straight without her. The Bulldogs host Rensselaer Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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

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