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Staenz Goal Lifts Yale Past Union in OT, 2-1

Yale celebrates the win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates the win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – For the third straight season, the Yale women's ice hockey team is coming home from a trip to New York's Capital District with four points in the ECAC Hockey standings. The Bulldogs completed their weekend sweep with a 2-1 overtime win over Union at Messa Rink Saturday, as junior forward Phoebe Staenz knocked in the rebound of her own shot just 16 seconds into overtime. The Bulldogs had to overcome a 43-save effort by Union goaltender Melissa Black for the victory.

As they did in Friday's 4-1 win at Rensselaer, the Bulldogs got off to a hot start Saturday -- outshooting the Dutchwomen 7-2 in the first five minutes. The difference this time, though, was that Black stopped all seven Yale shots, while Union forward Jacyn Reeves snuck one past Yale junior goalie Hanna Mandl's shoulder just 45 seconds into the game. The Dutchwomen thus played with a lead for the rest of the period, as Black stopped all 21 Yale shots in the first to keep a 1-0 lead heading into the second.

The Bulldogs had to finish killing off a penalty as the second period started, and once they did that they were able to resume their offensive onslaught. Still, Black kept the Union lead intact as the game passed the halfway mark and Yale held a 27-7 shot advantage. After killing off another penalty with five minutes left in the period, the Bulldogs had multiple quality chances to tie the game. But Black pounced on a loose puck in the crease after making a save, getting to the puck just before freshman forward Jordan Chancellor had a chance to stick it in. With 30 seconds left in the frame, Black made a kick save on a shot from the slot by senior forward Jamie Haddad. The puck wound up on the boards to Black's left, where the Dutchwomen attempted to tie it up and run out the clock. But after several seconds Haddad eventually got it loose, and junior forward Krista Yip-Chuck sent it up top to junior defenseman Taylor Marchin for a slap shot. Senior forward Janelle Ferrara knocked in the rebound with only 6.8 seconds left on the clock.

Black finished the second period with a glove save on Staenz as time expired, but the damage had been done; the game was tied heading into the third, 1-1.

Black made another nice save on Staenz from point-blank range in the first minute of the third, setting the tone for a period in which neither goalie blinked. After Mandl made a glove save with 4:31 left in the game the shots were 40-20 Yale but the score was still tied 1-1.

Union (0-12-4, 0-6-2 ECAC Hockey) had the last good chance to win it in regulation, but forward Kathryn Tomaselli sent a shot wide after a Yale turnover with 10 seconds to play.

Entering the game the Dutchwomen ranked 35th out of 35 teams nationally in scoring offense, with 12 goals in 15 games, but with help from Black -- who was seventh in the nation in save percentage (.943) -- they had already pulled out impressive ties on the road at Colgate (2-2 Oct. 30, behind 58 saves from Black) and at Cornell (2-2 Oct. 31, behind 39 saves from Black). Looking to avoid a similar fate, the Bulldogs left little time for drama in overtime. Chancellor won the face-off and sophomore defenseman Mallory Souliotis fed the puck to Staenz in the right circle. After her initial shot was stopped, Staenz circled around behind the net and back-handed in the game-winner.

Mandl finished with 23 saves, and the Yale penalty killing unit was a perfect 3-for-3.

Yale (4-7-1, 3-2-1 ECAC Hockey) plays next Sunday at New Hampshire, the final game of the first half of the season.

Report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity