Bulldogs Finish Regular Season Unbeaten vs. Archrivals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games Friday night at Ingalls Rink, tying No. 5 Harvard 3-3 in overtime. Combined with a 2-0 win at Harvard last month, this marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that Yale has gone unbeaten against the Crimson in the regular season. Yale's goals, including two on the power play, came from freshman defenseman Taylor Marchin, junior forward Jackie Raines and freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck.
"Our special teams played really well tonight," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "We scored a couple power play goals, and killed off all three penalties."
Harvard (20-4-4, 15-3-3 ECAC Hockey) entered the day just one point behind league-leading Cornell in the race for the ECAC Hockey championship. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, were looking to build off the momentum of a three-game unbeaten streak that included a 5-3 win over one of their other big rivals -- Princeton -- last Saturday.
Harvard went ahead 1-0 on a goal by forward Elizabeth Parker. After cycling the puck in the corner, forward Jessica Harvey fired a pass from behind the net to Parker in the slot, and she blasted it past junior goalkeeper Jaimie Leonoff at the 3:46 mark.
Yale (8-13-7, 6-8-7 ECAC Hockey) had only one shot on goal in the first five minutes, but a bad line change by Harvard eventually helped jump-start the Bulldog offense. That led to a breakaway for sophomore forward Jamie Haddad, and after Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer stopped that attempt the Bulldogs kept the puck in the Harvard zone. That led to a Crimson penalty, and the Yale power play unit capitalized immediately. Junior forward Stephanie Mock won the faceoff to sophomore forward Hanna Åström, and Åström backhanded it to Marchin at the point. Marchin's slap shot sailed past Maschmeyer's shoulder to tie the game at the 5:30 mark.
"We try to get shots on goal in the first 10 seconds of a power play," said Flygh. "Obviously on that one we got a shot ever quicker."
A penalty on the Bulldogs later in the period resulted in some good chances for the Crimson power play, but Leonoff made a pair of saves, Haddad blocked a pair of shots and a steal by senior defenseman Aurora Kennedy enabled Haddad to get a crucial clear.
Three minutes after finishing off the penalty kill, the Bulldogs got a power play of their own and converted again. Maschmeyer turned aside an attempt by Raines to redirect a pass from Kennedy, but immediately after that sophomore forward Kate Martini set up Kennedy for another shot and Raines was able to knock in the rebound to put Yale ahead 2-1 heading into the first intermission. Raines, who scored four times against Princeton, has seven goals in the last seven games. Her goal was also Yale's seventh power play goal in the last seven games.
Maschmeyer made one of her best saves of the game two minutes into the second, denying Yip-Chuck on a 2-on-1. But three minutes later, Yip-Chuck converted her next chance. Senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto set up junior defenseman Madi Murray for a slap shot that sailed wide of the net, but the puck caromed off the boards to Yip-Chuck at the far post. She put it in at the 5:21 mark for a 3-1 lead. Yip-Chuck now has seven points in the last four games, and has taken over the team lead in goals with 10.
"That line [Raines, Yip-Chuck and sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara] is really starting to click, ever since we put Jackie Raines on it," said Flygh. "Janelle and Krista benefit from her speed. Krista is burying more of her opportunities now, and I know she takes pride in that. She wants to be the go-to kid. Janelle played really well tonight, and had some jump in her step. She took charge when we needed her."
Harvard chipped away with a goal by forward Miye D'Oench at 11:07 that pulled the Crimson within one. The Crimson's 12th and final shot of the second period came off a turnover in the Yale zone, but Leonoff smothered that one and Yale took a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Yale had to kill off a penalty with less than 12 minutes to play, and Leonoff made two more saves -- including one on defenseman Sarah Edney's slap shot with heavy traffic in front of the net right before the penalty expired. The Bulldogs also got a shot block from Åström.
The Crimson tied the game with only 76 seconds left in regulation. Daniels' shot from the left circle hit the pipe and bounced out, resulting in some confusion on the ice. But the goal was reviewed and allowed to stand, sending the game to overtime.
After Leonoff stopped the first shot of overtime, the Bulldogs got a power play as Raines drew a penalty on the Crimson. But Maschmeyer covered a shot by Mock on the first shift, and that wound up being the Bulldogs' only chance with the man advantage. A steal by Edney forced Leonoff to come out and challenge the onrushing Edney, and Leonoff denied that shot to keep the game going.
After Leonoff gloved a wrister by forward Samantha Reber the Crimson called timeout, but neither team could put another shot on goal. Tomimoto blocked an attempt by forward Hillary Crowe right before time expired.
Leonoff finished with 33 saves, while Maschmeyer made 23.
"We play a similar style to Harvard, and these games are fun to be a part of," said Flygh. "It's always up-and-down, and there's great goaltending."
With a point in the standings, Yale moved within two points of Princeton for sixth place. The Bulldogs will be on the road for the best-of-three ECAC Hockey playoff quarterfinals next weekend, but their final destination has yet to be determined. The tie by Harvard, and Cornell's 2-1 loss to Quinnipiac Friday, enabled Clarkson to take over first place in the conference. With 34 points, the Golden Knights have a one-point lead on Cornell and Harvard.
Yale hosts Dartmouth Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity