January 7, 2005

Johnson's OT Goal Lifts Yale to 2-1 Win at Clarkson

Jan. 7, 2005

Box Score

Potsdam, N.Y. - Kelsey Johnson's goal with 37 seconds left in overtime lifted Yale to a 2-1 win at Clarkson Friday night. With the win, Yale's sixth straight in conference play, the Bulldogs (10-7-0, 8-2-0) remain in sole possession of first place in the ECACHL.

The Bulldogs came out shooting, peppering Golden Knights goalie Stephanie Hansen with 12 shots in the first period to Clarkson's two. Yale did not score, however, until just over a minute remained in the period. Sheila Zingler made the Bulldogs' first power play count, scoring from just in front of the goal assisted by Christina Sharun and Nicole Symington.

Shots evened up in the second period but Yale maintained its lead thanks to some strong play from goaltender Sarah Love, who made nine of her 14 saves in that period. Seven of those saves came on the penalty kill, as Clarkson (6-7-5, 2-4-1) was 0-for-4 on the power play in the second and 0-for-5 for the game.

The Knights tied the game on a Melissa Marshall goal 6:03 into the third, and the teams went scoreless for the final 14 minutes of regulation. Neither team got a shot off in overtime until the final minute, when the Bulldogs put one on Hansen. Yale controlled the rebound of that shot, and Erin Duggan and Symington set up Johnson for the game-winner. Hansen was able to partially block the shot, but it trickled over the goal line for the dramatic 2-1 final.

Yale travels to No. 8 St. Lawrence for a 4:00 p.m. game tomorrow. The Bulldogs lead the ECACHL with 16 points, followed closely by Dartmouth and Harvard (both won Friday to move to 14 points).

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department