Bulldogs Off to 2-0-0 Start
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team is off to a 2-0-0 start for the first time since 1991-92, and that hot start will be put to a tough test this weekend. ECAC Hockey conference play begins for the Bulldogs with a pair of visitors from the North Country, as Yale hosts St. Lawrence Friday at 7:00 p.m. and No. 9 Clarkson -- the defending NCAA Champions -- Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
With its top five scorers from a year ago all back, Yale expects to generate plenty of offense this year. That was certainly the case on opening weekend, as the team totaled 11 goals in two games vs. Providence -- and seven different players scored goals. Sophomore forward Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.) took the early lead on the team in goals with three, and she is also tied with two others for the team lead in points with four (3-1-4). Sophomore defenseman Taylor Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) got all four of her points for the weekend with assists in Friday night's win, making her the first Yale player with four assists in a game since Kristin Savard '07 had five Feb. 10, 2007. Senior forward Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-2-4) had one goal in each game, and two assists in the opener.
Marchin also had a team-best +6 for the weekend, followed closely by junior defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) at +5. Senior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montréal, Qué.) had a .918 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average, allowing only two even-strength goals all weekend. She moved into fourth place on Yale's career saves list (2,357) and is 84 away from tying Maureen Magauran '92 for third. Leonoff is also second Yale's career save percentage list (.916) and fourth on Yale's career goals-against average list (3.15).
St. Lawrence (3-3-1, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey), which is among the teams also receiving votes in the national poll, tied Yale 1-1 the last time these two teams met at Ingalls. Marchin scored the game-tying goal in the third period, and Leonoff made six of her 30 saves in overtime to preserve the tie.
Forward Brooke Webster leads the Saints in goals with five, and she is in a four-way tie for the team lead in points with six -- tied with defenseman Amanda Boulier, forward Kennedy Marchment and forward Jenna Marks. Goalie Carmen MacDonald has a .927 save percentage and a 2.38 goals-against average.
Clarkson (6-3-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey), which plays at Brown Friday night, is coming off a magical season in which it became the first ECAC Hockey team to win an NCAA Championship. The Golden Knights finished 31-5-5 overall last year, and 16-2-4 in ECAC Hockey. One of those ties was against Yale, as the Bulldogs got a game-tying goal from sophomore forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) midway through the third period at Ingalls and hung on for a 3-3 tie behind 52 saves from Leonoff.
Forward Cayley Mercer leads Clarkson in points (7-9-16) and is tied with forwards Geneviève Bannon and Shannon MacAulay for the team lead in goals (seven). Mercer also leads the team with a +16.
Goalie Shea Tiley, a freshman starter, has a .938 save percentage and a 1.28 goals-against average.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity
|Yale Women's Ice Hockey Info||Friday vs. St. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.||Saturday vs. Clarkson, 4:00 p.m.|