Bulldogs Seek Third Straight Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a road sweep of ECAC Hockey opponents, the Yale women's ice hockey team now turns its attention to its final non-conference game of the regular season and the last game of the first half of the season. The Bulldogs head to New Hampshire Sunday, where they will take on the Wildcats before the start of a 19-day break. The 2:00 p.m. game takes place at New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, which is home to the NCAA Frozen Four this season. "The Whitt" is one of the few rinks in the nation to feature an Olympic-sized ice surface -- 200 feet by 100 feet instead of 200 by 85.
Yale (4-7-1, 3-2-1 ECAC Hockey) just enjoyed one of its best weekends of the season, blasting Rensselaer 4-1 on Friday and following that up with a 2-1 overtime win at Union. Sophomore defenseman Mallory Souliotis (Acton, Mass.) led the Bulldogs in scoring (1-3-4), and she has already surpassed her goals, assists and points from last year (3-9-12 this year; 1-8-9 last year). Freshman forward Jordan Chancellor (Ramsey, Minn.) scored a pair of goals Friday -- both in the first period -- and added an assist on the game-winning goal by junior forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) 16 seconds in to overtime Saturday. Junior goaltender Hanna Mandl (Nobleton, Ont.) stopped 22 of 23 shots Friday and 23 of 24 shots Saturday.
Sophomore forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) remains Yale's leading scorer after earning a pair of assists over the weekend. With 12 points (4-8-12), she needs only three more points to match her point total from all of last season (6-9-15).
Souliotis leads the team in assists with nine, and Staenz is tied with senior forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) for the team lead in goals with five. Yale's leader in +/- is sophomore defenseman Kara Drexler (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who is at +4.
Mandl has allowed only five goals in her last four games, lowering her season goals-against average to 3.26. She has stopped 91 of 96 shots in that span (.948), raising her season save percentage to .883. Mandl helped Yale's penalty killing unit go a perfect 6-for-6 on the weekend.
New Hampshire (7-13-1, 5-8-0 Hockey East) is in the midst of a particularly busy stretch, as Sunday will mark the Wildcats' fifth game in 11 days. That includes three against ECAC Hockey teams -- in addition to Yale, the Wildcats hosted Dartmouth on Tuesday and play at No. 4 Quinnipiac Friday. UNH is 2-3-1 against ECAC Hockey teams so far this season, having beaten Dartmouth, lost twice to No. 5 Clarkson and once to No. 7 Harvard and gone 1-0-1 against Rensselaer.
With only one senior among the top seven scorers, New Hampshire features a relatively young roster. Forward Jonna Curtis is New Hampshire's leading scorer (9-12-21), while forward Amy Boucher is second on the team with eight goals. Kyra Smith (.900 save percentage, 2.48 goals-against average) and Vilma Vaattovaara (.865, 4.15) have both seen extensive time in goal, with Smith having started the last 11 games in a row.
New Hampshire is coached by Hilary Witt, who was head coach Yale for eight seasons from 2002-03 to 2009-10.
Report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity