Playoff Implications and a Good Cause
With the ECAC field tightening up, the Yale Women's hockey team will play host to two conference foes this weekend, but the biggest story will not be on the ice. On Friday, the Bulldogs welcome New Haven County rival Quinnipiac (9-16-3, 6-9-1), as we celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day. On Saturday, the Blue takes on No. 5 Princeton (15-3-5, 12-1-3) in the annual White Out for Mandi game, commemorating the life and legacy of former player Mandi Schwartz.
The day will feature raffles and other events to support the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, dedicated to honor Mandi's battle by helping others in her name. Friday's matchup against Quinnipiac will take place at 6:00 p.m., and puck drop for Saturday's contest will be at 3:00 p.m. The tilt against Quinnipiac carries playoff implications, as the Bulldogs and the Bobcats sit tied for eighth in the ECAC with 13 points. For ticket information, visit yalebulldogs.com/tickets or call (203) 432-1400. Both games are available to stream on ESPN+ and Stretch Internet (International).
LAST TIME OUT
This weekend brings the season full-circle for the Bulldogs, who kicked off the 2018-19 slate at Princeton and Quinnipiac in October; Yale dropped its first game 4-1 to the Tigers and 2-0 to the Bobcats.
Last weekend, the Bulldogs split a pair, falling to Harvard 5-2 and blanking Dartmouth 2-0. Tera Hofmann recorded 32 saves in win against the Big Green. Kaitlyn Rippon secured her first collegiate goal, and Emma Seitz continued her breakout second-half with a goal, notching 10 points in her last 10 games.
BOBCATS & TIGERS
The Quinnipiac women's hockey team dropped a pair against Clarkson and St. Lawrence at home last weekend.
Tied for tops in the ECAC, Princeton split their series last weekend, narrowly beating St. Lawrence 4-3 in OT and falling to then-No. 5 Clarkson 3-1. Prior to their 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights, the Princeton women's hockey team compiled a 20-game unbeaten streak, dating back to their first meeting with the Bulldogs on Oct. 26, 2018.
by John Napolitano, Yale Sports Publicity