NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The opening weekend of 2016-17 proved to be a chance for the Yale women's ice hockey team to showcase its offensive prowess, as the Bulldogs followed up Friday night's 4-1 win over RIT with an even bigger victory -- 8-2 -- over the Tigers on Saturday at Ingalls Rink. Seven different Bulldogs scored, led by a pair of goals from senior forward Phoebe Staenz, and 12 skaters had at least one point.
Yale (2-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) is off to a 2-0-0 start for the second time since 1991-92 (the Bulldogs started the 2014-15 season 2-0-0). While Friday's win was relatively decisive, Saturday's actually saw Yale take fewer shots (42, after 50 on Friday) but light the lamp much more frequently.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first on the first career goal by freshman forward Laura Anderson (assisted by sophomore forward Jordan Chancellor and junior defenseman Kara Drexler), the Bulldogs' offense erupted for four goals in the second. Sophomore defenseman Julia Yetman scored on the power play off assists by senior defenseman Taylor Marchin and junior forward Eden Murray at 3:43.
After a relatively quiet first half of the second period, Yale then scored three times in the final 10 minutes to take control of the game. The tallies came from Staenz, Marchin and junior forward Emily Monaghan; assists came from Anderson, Drexler, Murray, sophomore forward Courtney Pensavalle and senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck (two).
The Bulldogs extended the lead to 6-2 on the first career goal by sophomore forward Emma Vlasic, who deflected one in at 9:03 of the third off assists by sophomore defenseman Grace Wickens and Chancellor. Yip-Chuck made it 7-2 less than 90 seconds later, assisted by Marchin.
Yale's penalty killing unit had been a perfect 5-for-5 in the first two periods, but RIT (1-7-0, 0-0-0 CHA) scored on both of its chances midway through the third (goals by forward Kathryn Kennedy and defenseman Taylor Thurston). That marked the second straight night that senior goaltender Hanna Mandl had nearly come through with a shutout; on Friday she blanked the Tigers until just over 10 minutes remained in the game. She finished Saturday with 16 saves.
Staenz capped the scoring at 18:54, assisted by Marchin and Drexler. This was the most goals in a game for Yale since a 13-0 win vs. Sacred Heart Nov. 21, 2014.
Yale starts ECAC Hockey play next weekend, hosting No. 3 Quinnipiac Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity