Clarkson Overcomes Early Yale Lead, Tops Bulldogs 4-1

Jan. 16, 2009

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POTSDAM, N.Y. - After knocking off Clarkson 3-2 at Ingalls Rink earlier this season, Yale came out firing Friday night at Cheel Arena looking for another victory over the Golden Knights. A power-play goal by freshman forward Aleca Hughes gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but after that the Golden Knights seized control. After an eight-shot first period, Yale got only nine shots the rest of the way as Clarkson pulled away for a 4-1 win.

Freshman goalie Genny Ladiges was tested right away on the first Yale penalty kill, but came up with two big saves en route to making 21 for the night. Senior forward Crysti Howser then blocked a shot, and senior defenseman Helen Resor helped finish off the kill by taking the puck all the way down to the other end of the ice. She skated through the Golden Knights defense and got off a wrister that Lauren Dahm had to make a glove save on.

Yale (7-10-0, 3-7-0 ECAC Hockey) took advantage of its second power play to go in front. Howser and senior forward Danielle Kozlowski cycled the puck in the right circle, freeing up Howser for a wrister that Hughes deflected in high at the 11:34 mark.

Ladiges made another nice save with two minutes to play in the first, smothering a hard wrister from low in the right circle by forward Genevieve Lavoie. But a minute later forward Juana Baribeau got behind the Yale defense with a pass in the neutral zone and skated in alone on Ladiges. Ladiges got a piece of the shot, but not enough to prevent it from trickling in to tie the game at one.

Clarkson (11-6-4, 5-2-2 ECAC Hockey) nearly went ahead right before the period ended, but Ladiges sticked aside a tricky backhander from forward Melissa Waldie and the score remained tied at one.

Clarkson jumped in front 2:14 into the second period, as forward Marie-Jo Gaudet banged home a centering pass from forward Britney Selina. The Golden Knights added to the lead with a goal at 9:54 by Selina off a pass from Gaudet. That touched off a big celebration by those two, who both reached the 100 career point mark on the play.

The frustrating second period saw Yale put just two shots on net, despite having the only two power plays of the frame. The Golden Knights put the game out of reach with a power-play goal at 12:56 of the third from defenseman Kimberly McKenney, which snapped a streak of 22 consecutive successful penalty kills for Yale.

Yale plays at No. 5 St. Lawrence Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity