Jan. 25, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Colgate broke open a 2-1 game with a pair of goals in the third period, including an empty-netter, to beat Yale 4-1 Friday night at Ingalls Rink. Junior forward Maggie Westfal accounted for the Bulldogs' lone goal.
Yale (8-8-1, 5-6-2 ECAC Hockey) had some grade-A chances early in the first period, but junior defenseman Helen Resor hit the post after stealing the puck in the Colgate zone, and Raiders goalie Lisa Plenderleith (21 saves) denied sophomore forward Caroline Murphy when sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz led her with a nice pass from the neutral zone.
Right after the Plenderleith save Yale senior goaltender Shivon Zilis broke up a chance for the Raiders' Katie Stewart with a poke check, but a faceoff in the Yale zone after that led to the game's first goal. Zilis got a piece of the initial shot with her glove but Elin Brown was positioned perfectly for the rebound at the 9:40 mark.
Three penalties on the Bulldogs in a span of five minutes kept Yale on the defensive for the rest of the period. After killing off those penalties the Bulldogs were burned by one early in the second, as Kiira Dosdall's shot from the right point deflected in at 3:17 to make it 2-0. Ironically, it was the only shot on goal the Raiders would get during their five power plays for the night.
The Bulldogs crept closer when Resor drew a tripping call on the Raiders. Junior forward Crysti Howser won the faceoff in the Raider zone, sending the puck back to Resor. She slid it across to freshman forward Bray Ketchum in the right circle, and Ketchum's shot was tipped by junior forward Sarah Tittman on its way to the net. Plenderleith stopped that try with her right leg but Westfal controlled the rebound and knocked it in at the 9:14 mark.
Zilis had to make a pair of big saves in the third to keep the Raiders (9-11-3, 6-5-2 ECAC Hockey) within reach, making a pad save on a short-handed chance for Sam Hunt six minutes in and then grabbing Jacquie Colborne's chance with her glove while sprawled out on the ice with 10 minutes to play. Marissa Dumbovy's tricky forehand shot after spinning around in the slot eluded Zilis to make it 3-1 with seven minutes to play, and Hunt added an empty-netter with 36 seconds remaining for the 4-1 final.
Zilis finished with 23 saves.
Yale hosts Cornell Saturday afternoon at 4:00, Youth Day at Ingalls Rink.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity