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Union, RPI at The Whale this Weekend

Kate Martini. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kate Martini. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Undefeated in Last Six vs. Dutchwomen and Engineers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team has gone 6-0-0 in its last six games against Rensselaer and Union -- and with the Bulldogs seeking crucial ECAC Hockey points, those two teams are coming to Ingalls Rink next. Yale enters the weekend in 10th place in the conference standings, with only the top eight teams in the final standings making the playoffs. But four points could move the Bulldogs as high as sixth. Both games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network: Friday at 3:00 p.m. vs. Union (note time change from original) and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. vs. RPI (note time change from original).

Yale (5-13-1, 4-7-1 ECAC Hockey) suffered a pair of tough losses this past weekend, as the Bulldogs were tied late in the third period of both games: a 6-4 loss at Cornell Friday and a 4-3 loss at Colgate Saturday. Friday's game featured a comeback from a 3-0 deficit, as Yale got goals from senior forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.), sophomore forward Emily Monaghan (Calgary, Alta.) and sophomore forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) to tie the game. After Cornell went back ahead, senior forward Hanna Åström (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) tied the game again, but the Big Red scored twice in the final 4:13 for the win. On Saturday, Colgate got the game-winner with 1:33 left to spoil the first career start for freshman goaltender Kyra O'Brien (Burlington, Ont.).

Åström now has six points in her last three games, and has moved into a tie for second on team in goals this season with six (tied for her career high). Sophomore defenseman Mallory Souliotis (Acton, Mass.), who has three points in the last four games, leads Yale in scoring (3-14-17). Senior forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) took sole possession of the team lead in goals by scoring her seventh Saturday at Colgate. She has a four-game point streak coming into this weekend.

Junior goalie Hanna Mandl (Nobleton, Ont.) has seen the majority of the time in net for Yale this season, posting an .882 save percentage and a 3.46 goals-against average. Saturday was O'Brien's third appearance and first start, and she stopped 22 of 26 shots.

Sophomore defenseman Kara Drexler (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) leads Yale in +/- with a +2. Two other blue liners, junior Taylor Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) and senior Kate Martini (King City, Ont.), are tied for the team lead in blocks with 28.

Union (0-19-5, 0-10-2 ECAC Hockey) has lost six straight games since tying Maine 2-2 in overtime Dec. 12. The Dutchwomen's last win was against those same Black Bears -- 2-0 on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. They have gone 0-30-10 since then. They have been shut out in each of their last five games, obscuring some outstanding work from goalie Melissa Black. She has made 30 or more saves in four of her last five outings, including 48 against No. 4 Quinnipiac in a 5-0 loss Jan. 9. Black's 770 saves for the season are nearly 100 more than any other goalie in the nation -- Minnesota State's Brianna Quade (682) is second.

Rensselaer (7-11-4, 5-5-2 ECAC Hockey), which plays at Brown Friday night, has gone 3-2-2 since losing to Yale 4-1 on Dec. 4 at Houston Field House. The Engineers have benefited from a 3-for-9 (.333) performance on the power play over their last three games, scoring more power play goals in that span than in the previous 13 games combined. Two senior forwards -- Alexa Gruschow (10-4-14) and Mari Mankey (4-10-14) -- lead the team in scoring, and goalie Lovisa Selander has a .938 save percentage. Her save percentage in league games is even better: .950, second only to Quinnipiac's Sydney Rossman (.956).

Report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity