February 17, 2006

Unbeaten Streak Ends vs. No. 8 Clarkson, 2-0

Feb. 17, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Clarkson goaltender Kira Hurley withstood a third period in which she was peppered with 16 shots to record her nation-leading 10th shutout, 2-0 over Yale Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The No. 8 Golden Knights' only shot of the third was a power-play empty-net goal with 28.5 seconds left that sealed the game. The loss ended the Bulldogs' school-record seven-game unbeaten streak.

Hurley finished with 28 saves, while Yale goalie Sarah Love stopped 15.

The first period featured plenty of back-and-forth action and only one penalty. After a holding call against the Bulldogs (10-11-5, 7-6-4 ECACHL), Yale immediately established the tone on the penalty kill. Love covered up a shot from Jessica Cloutier, then Sarah Tittman disrupted the Clarkson offense down at the other end with a nice job of forechecking. Ann-Renee Guillemette stepped up to intercept a pass and further add to Clarkson's frustration.

In part because of the time on the penalty kill, the Bulldogs were outshot 6-1 over the first half of the period. The Yale offense picked up steam as the game wore on and had two golden chances later in the first. Hurley was caught out of position twice, but Katie Morrison blocked a shot by Sheila Zingler the first time and the next time Crysti Howser hit the post. Clarkson's shot edge at the end of the period was just 8-5.

The Bulldogs drew their first penalty on the Golden Knights 2:36 into the second period, but that was quickly negated by a whistle against Yale a minute later. During the 4-on-4 Clarkson's Christine Bailkowski hit the post.

Another penalty on the Bulldogs at 10:30 led to the game's first goal. Cloutier kept chipping away as the puck was loose in the crease and finally was able to put it past Love at the 11:16 mark. Sophie Doyon and Ashley Shaidle picked up assists.

Love made a spectacular kick save to deny Lauren Lubrano on a 2-on-1 with a minute to play in the period, and Yale got another penalty on Clarkson (21-9-1, 12-5-0 ECACHL) with 36 seconds left.

The Bulldogs continued controlling the play throughout the third period. A Zingler shot that Hurley stopped gave Yale a 17-16 shot edge for the game, and the Bulldogs kept building on that. A rush by Maggie Westfal midway through ended with Jenna Spring getting pushed into the Golden Knight net, knocking it off its moorings.

A Yale flurry with four minutes to play ended with Hurley making a save on Tittman and Kristin Savard hitting the post.

Yale called a timeout with 1:53 to play, and shortly after that Love was pulled for an extra attacker. Hurley made a pair of saves on Deena Caplette and Howser before a high-sticking-contact to the head call on Yale dramatically changed the final minute of the game. Love came back on for the faceoff, then left the net when the play moved into the Clarkson end.

Clarkson finally got its first shot on net for the period with 28.5 seconds left, when Emma Madigan controlled a loose puck at center ice and was able to skate in on the empty net and slide one that bounced off the post and in.

Love still has not allowed an even-strength goal in her last 362:02 in net.

Yale returns to action Saturday at 3:00 against No. 2 St. Lawrence in the final home game of the regular season.

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

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