January 28, 2005

Bulldogs Rally from Two-Goal Deficit to Tie Brown, 3-3

Jan. 28, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - Yale fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at Brown Friday night, the first time Yale has earned a point against the Bears since February 10, 1988. Nicole Symington had a goal and an assist to key the comeback, which was capped by a goal from Christina Sharun late in the third period.

Symington's goal came early, as she knocked in a rebound 2:54 into the game off assists from Jenna Spring and Sheila Zingler. But Brown controlled play for the majority of the opening frame, starting with a Bears power play midway through. Technically Kelsey Johnson's interference penalty at 6:20 had expired one second before Jessica Link, all alone to Yale goalie Sarah Love's left, tipped a pretty feed from Myria Heinhuis in for the game-tying goal that was initially listed as a power-play tally. Yale goalie Sarah Love kept the Bulldogs in the game with a sprawling save of a rebound six minutes later. She then denied a shorthanded Link breakaway with a kick save 2:35 before intermission, but Link stayed with the play and was there to stuff in a rebound of Amy McLaughlin's shot moments later. Hayley Moore then executed a textbook deke to free herself for a goal 1:16 before intermission, leaving Yale facing a 3-1 deficit after the first 20 minutes thanks mainly to Brown's 16-3 edge in shots.

The Bulldogs closed the gap with a shorthanded goal 3:15 into the second period, as Deena Caplette wristed a feed from Nina Resor past a screened Stacy Silverman. Symington also picked up an assist on the goal, which was part of a much more evenly played period between the two teams -- Yale had the edge in shots 12-11.

"I think I talked as loud as I could possibly talk [in the lockeroom after the first period]," Yale head coach Hilary Witt said. "We talked about some things that we needed to get done, and they took it upon themselves to go out there hard."

The Bulldogs kept that intensity into the third period despite a scary moment halfway through in which Symington took a hard fall at 12:57 and was on the ice in pain for several minutes. The gritty senior skated off under her own power, however, and was back on for a shift less than two minutes later. It was not until 3:35 remained in the game that the Bulldogs were able to get one past Silverman again. This one came on a great individual effort, as Sharun - playing her first game at forward - skated the puck in from the corner unmarked on Silverman's right side. She put the puck on the Brown netmider's stick, then fought through to get the rebound in for the game-tying goal. Kristin Savard and Deena Caplette picked up assists on the play.

"We thought Christina's aggressive play would help us up front," said Witt of the lineup change. "She was the star of the game."

Sharun's line, including Caplette and Savard, made an immediate impression on the Yale mentor, who saw her team set the school record with its 17th ECACHL point (8-3-1, breaking last year's record of 16 points at 8-10-0).

"I thought that line played with a ton of energy," Witt said. "I felt like that line went out there every shift and gave us everything they had. Ali Turney's line (with Natalie Babony and Lisa Jacque) was phenomenal for us in the third period. I think we came together as a team. The players did it themselves. It was all them."

Love took care of the overtime period, finishing with 33 saves. The Bears had three shots on net in the extra frame to Yale's two, and a save by Silverman on Johnson with 52.3 seconds left ended the last real threat for either team. Yale, which remains in third place in the conference, plays at No. 6 Harvard Saturday afternoon.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department