NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team took advantage of its first ECAC Hockey conference game in nearly a month to grab two points with a resounding 4-1 win over Rensselaer at Houston Field House Friday afternoon. Freshman forward Jordan Chancellor scored a pair of goals and junior goalie Hanna Mandl made 22 saves as the Bulldogs nearly doubled RPI in shots, 43-23.
Yale (3-7-1, 2-2-1 ECAC Hockey) seized control immediately, and had a 6-0 shot advantage within the first three minutes. Rensselaer eventually snapped that string with its first shot on goal, but the Bulldogs' next attempt found the back of the net. Chancellor wristed one in from low in the right circle, assisted by junior forward Phoebe Staenz and sophomore forward Eden Murray, at 4:56.
The line of Chancellor, Murray and Staenz was put together just recently, and Friday's combined five-point effort from that trio bodes well for the rest of the season.
"Those three kids can really skate," said Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey. "We feel they can play at a high pace. We put them together last week, and now they have had a couple weeks to build momentum."
Less than three minutes later Chancellor struck again, as the rebound of a shot by sophomore defenseman Mallory Souliotis bounced directly to her in the left circle and she rifled it past RPI netminder Lovisa Selander. Murray also assisted on that goal, her team-best eighth helper, which gave Yale a 2-0 lead at 7:32. In fact, the same five players were on the ice for both of Yale's first two goals -- Chancellor, Murray, Souliotis, Staenz and sophomore defenseman Kara Drexler.
After Yale upped its lead to 3-0 on a goal by Souliotis (assisted by junior forward Krista Yip-Chuck) at 13:26, Rensselaer (4-9-2, 2-4-1 ECAC Hockey) attempted to regroup by calling a timeout. But the Bulldogs' offensive onslaught continued with the teams skating 4-on-4 after matching penalties at the 17:00 mark. Shortly after the face-off, Haddad sniped one past Selander's left shoulder to give Yale a 4-0 lead.
Drexler and Souliotis were also on the ice for Haddad's goal, and that defensive pair finished the game with a team-best +3 each.
"They're smart hockey players," Flygh said. "They manage the puck well. I think, if you asked them, they didn't like the way they played last game (a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Quinnipiac in the Nutmeg Classic championship game). They certainly responded today. They are two very different types of player -- Drexler plays with a lot of energy, and Mallory is about as poised as they come with the puck."
Yale killed off the lone power play of the first in the final minutes (Mandl stopped the lone Engineer shot), keeping its lead at four heading into the second.
"We had some things we needed to change after our last game, and our kids did a good job with that," said Flygh. "I thought the first period was one of the best periods we have played all year."
Selander settled down and held Yale scoreless in the second period, stopping 19 shots. But Mandl kept the Engineers off the scoreboard as well, starting with a spectacular save with her fully extended leg on a shot by forward Lauren Wash six minutes in -- just after Mandl had made four saves to kill off a penalty. The Engineers also missed a golden chance to score short-handed when forward Katie Rooney blocked a shot at the blue line, then gathered the puck in at center ice for a 2-on-0. Her shot went wide, keeping the shutout intact, and two minutes later Wash hit the post. Selander made two nice saves in the final seconds, kicking away a one-timer from Haddad and then stopping a shot by senior defenseman Kate Martini. The score remained 4-0 Yale heading into the third.
A penalty on Yale with 6:17 left in the game gave RPI one last chance to start a rally, but Mandl smothered a slap shot from forward Alexa Gruschow and then sticked aside one from defenseman Amanda Kimmerle. The Engineers did eventually break up the shutout, but forward Jamie Grigsby's goal at 19:18 proved to be too little, too late. Yale is now 4-0-1 in its last five games against RPI.
With her two-goal effort Friday Chancellor is now third on the team in points (3-6-9) and tied for fourth in goals. She has blended in nicely on a line with an Olympic bronze medalist in Staenz and a former Hockey Canada U-18 team player in Murray. While the Bulldogs knew they would be getting plenty of intangibles from Chancellor, the instant impact she has had on the team's scoring as a rookie has been a pleasant surprise.
"We knew the type of character and work ethic she had," said Flygh. "She did a phenomenal job over the summer getting herself ready to come in and play. She earns all of her ice time."
Yale plays at Union Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity