NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Led by a goal from senior forward Phoebe Staenz just nine seconds into the game, the Yale women's ice hockey team enjoyed another great day on offense Saturday at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs came into the game leading the nation in scoring offense at 4.20 goals per game, and they actually managed to improve on that figure in a 5-1 win vs. Union.
The goal by Staenz came after Union (2-10-0, 0-4-0 ECAC Hockey) won the opening faceoff, but junior defenseman Kara Drexler was able to corral the loose puck along the left boards and send it ahead to Staenz. Fresh off her hat trick in Friday's 7-2 win vs. Rensselaer, Staenz rifled one past Union netminder Amelia Murray to set the tone for the game.
Yale (4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) outshot the Dutchwomen 14-6 in the first, but the game was actually tied at one point -- briefly. Following a goal by Union forward Haley Shugart the Dutchwomen appeared ready to head into the first intermission with momentum. But two goals in a 20 second span for Yale -- from sophomore forward Jordan Chancellor and senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck -- put the Bulldogs back in firm control of the game.
"We called on our top line, especially the two seniors in Phoebe and Krista, and that's the response you want to see in that situation," said Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey. "It's great when your leaders are the ones driving that."
The Yale penalty kill unit enjoyed a strong game, killing off a 5-on-3 and getting a short-hander as part of a perfect 5-for-5 day. The goal came at 6:27 of the second, when junior forward Eden Murray stole a Union pass and buried her second goal of the weekend. Staenz scored seven minutes later, giving the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead heading into the third. That also ended the day for Union's Murray, as Celine Tessier came on in relief. That marked the second straight game where the Bulldogs chased the starting goalie.
Staenz just missed a hat trick, ringing a wrist shot off the post with eight minutes to play. Neither team scored in the third, as Tessier wound up stopping all 12 shots she faced. Freshman goaltender Tera Hofmann, making her third straight start for the Bulldogs, finished with 23 saves.
"We played as a team," said Flygh. "Give Union some credit. They battled hard and didn't go away. We took advantage of some bounces early."
This marks the best six-game start (4-1-1) in Yale history. The Bulldogs travel to No. 6 Colgate next Friday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity