February 11, 2006

Unbeaten Streak at Six After 9-1 Win Over Union

Feb. 11, 2006

Box Score

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale extended its unbeaten streak to six, tying a school record, with a 9-1 victory over Union Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs had four players score a pair of goals: captain Lisa Jacque, Kelsey Johnson, Jenna Spring and Sheila Zingler. Crysti Howser chipped in one goal and three assists, and 12 players had at least one point.

"Everybody contributed in one way or another," Yale head coach Hilary Witt said. "It was an all-around team effort."

The Dutchwomen (3-20-1, 0-16-0 ECACHL) took an early lead on the power play when a shot by Maeve Kehoe eluded Shivon Zilis 4:03 in, but the Bulldogs maintained their composure and continued unleashing a barrage of shots down at the other end. Union's third power play of the game almost resulted in a short-handed goal for Yale, but Amanda Hanson was able to get her left leg out just in time to snuff a chance for Deena Caplette.

Spring finally got one past the Dutchwomen netminder with a slap shot from the left point on a power play at 9:29. The opened the floodgates, as a minute later Kristin Savard stickhandled her way through the Union defense and sent one towards the net, where Zingler was able to knock it past Hanson.

That ended a string of 17 games without a goal for Zingler. It was part of a weekend where many Bulldogs were able to turn things around offensively.

"Sometimes I think you just press too much and try to hard if you go a couple games without getting a goal," Witt said. "All of a sudden it becomes harder and harder. Howser's been going through the same thing. She's had so many opportunities to score and finally she's got that monkey off her back. Sometimes it takes a game like this to get people going again."

The Bulldogs (9-10-5, 6-5-4 ECACHL) capped the period at 19:28 with Ann-Renee Guillemette feeding Savard down low to Hanson's right. Savard drew the defense's attention before sliding the puck to a wide-open Howser for Yale's third goal, another power-play tally.

Yale got one more chance as the period ended. When Hanson sticked aside a blast from Johnson, that represented the Bulldogs' 27th shot on goal. Union managed just six for the period.

The second period produced more of the same, with Jacque getting the first two tallies. On the first one, Howser took a feed from Nina Resor in on Hanson and, while being dragged down, managed to slide one across that Jacque knocked in at the 2:36 mark.

Four minutes later Jacque backhanded in a rebound of her own shot on the power play for an unassisted goal. That ended a unique string: Yale's 17 goals before that, spanning six games, had all had at least one freshman involved in the scoring.

Hanson, who finished with 55 saves, then made a nice stop on Caplette after a pretty pass from Spring. She could do little to stop the Bulldog onslaught otherwise. Johnson deflected in Maggie Westfal's shot from the point at 10:55 for another power-play goal to make it 6-1, and four minutes after that Hanson sprawled out to deny Caplette but Spring was there to knock the rebound home.

Johnson added another at 6:18 of the third, taking a pass from Danielle Kozlowski during a delayed penalty, skating in and rifling one past Hanson. Yale finished off the scoring with a sequence from Howser up top to Caplette in the slot and on to Zingler just outside the crease for the final goal. That was the Bulldogs' fifth power-play goal of the game in nine chances.

"We had a lot of power play goals," Witt said. "That's a positive thing for us. We need to score on the power play."

Howser's assist on the ninth goal finished off a seven-point weekend for her. Caplette's three assists on the weekend give her 52 for her career, third-most at Yale. She also has 91 points, fifth in school history.

Yale had a six-game unbeaten streak between Feb. 1 and Feb. 16 of 1986, then equaled the feat Nov. 19 through Dec. 4 of 2004.

The victory came as part of a historic day for Yale women's hockey, as earlier that day two Bulldogs - Helen Resor '08 and Denise Soesilo '10 - took the ice at the Olympics in Torino. Resor's U.S. team defeated Switzerland 6-0, while Soesilo's German team lost to Finland 3-0. The Yale players and coaches had a brief chance to watch before getting ready for their game.

Resor and Soesilo's teams will square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern in a game that will be televised on the USA Network.

The Bulldogs travel to Brown, the last team to beat them, on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.

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

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