Jan. 24, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Colgate goalie Kimberly Sass made 28 saves, including 16 in the third period, as the Raiders beat Yale 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. Freshman goalie Genny Ladiges made 18 saves for the Bulldogs.
Yale (8-12-0, 4-9-0 ECAC Hockey) had a chance to get on the scoreboard two minutes in on a two-on-one, but senior forward Danielle Kozlowski's full-extension tip attempt of a cross from senior forward Crysti Howser went just wide, and Kozlowski and the defender on her went crashing into the net.
Ladiges made a quick kick save on a shot by forward Hannah Milan three minutes in, then denied the rebound. But a penalty on the Bulldogs right after that sequence enabled Colgate (14-9-2, 8-4-2 ECAC Hockey) to take the lead. Junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke blocked a pair of shots early in the penalty kill, but the Raiders later caught the Bulldogs on a line change. Forward Sam Hunt got the puck across the ice to forward Katie Stewart for a wide-open slap shot from the left point. Ladiges got a piece of Stewart's shot, sending it up into the air, but forward Elin Brown was able to knock it in for a 1-0 lead at 4:22.
The Bulldogs spent a lot of time in the Colgate zone but could not get shots on Sass. Senior forward Maggie Westfal's shot 13 minutes in was just Yale's second shot on goal, and Sass stopped it. There were two scoring chances for Yale in the waning moments of the period, when Howser caused a turnover in the Colgate zone and got the puck to freshman defenseman Heather Grant for a slap shot. Sass blocked Grant's shot, and the rebound popped into the air momentarily before Sass gloved it. Clarke then sent a slap shot wide as time expired.
Yale generated some offensive momentum early in the second period with an extended delayed penalty, controlling the puck in the Colgate zone for half a minute with Ladiges pulled. Shortly after the Raiders finally touched the puck to start the penalty, freshman forward Aleca Hughes just missed knocking in a cross-ice pass from Grant.
The next Yale power play took a turn for the worse when the Bulldogs lost the puck in their own zone, giving Hunt the chance to skate in all alone on Ladiges and net her 12th goal of the season at the 13:38 mark.
The Bulldogs had another power play late in the period, but Sass made a nice save with her left leg on a deceptive backhand from in front by Clarke. The Raiders led 2-0 heading into the third.
Forward Katie Stewart extended the lead to 3-0 at 6:01 of the third. The Bulldogs had one last chance to climb back in the game when they went on their fifth power play with just under 12 minutes remaining, but Sass made a nice save on a deflection attempt by Howser. Yale would finish the period with 16 shots on goal (after getting only 12 in the first two periods combined) while limiting the Raiders to just four shots on goal.
A pair of penalties on the Bulldogs in the final five minutes negated any chance of generating offensive momentum. The last one very nearly led to another goal for the Raiders, as a long pass found forward Beth Rotenberg on a breakaway, but Ladiges came out to make the save.
Yale plays at Princeton next Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity