Feb. 24, 2006
NORTHFORD, Conn. - A pair of goals from freshmen and another shutout from Sarah Love highlighted Yale's 3-0 win over Quinnipiac Friday night at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Rookies Danielle Kozlowski and Crysti Howser gave Yale a 2-0 lead, and Nina Resor's empty-netter with 39 seconds left sealed the win. Love made 21 saves for 12th career shutout, extending her own school record in that category.
The Bulldogs (11-12-5, 8-7-4 ECACHL) had a golden scoring chance a minute in when Kristin Savard's pass from the neutral zone found Sheila Zingler all alone in stride toward the net, but Bobcat netminder Connie Craig made the save. A minute later Love responded by stuffing a shot by Kathryn Dallimore from point-blank range with her left leg.
Love then made a nice glove save on a shot by Trudy Reyns from the top of the left circle during QU's first power play of the night.
When the Bulldogs got a man advantage, they capitalized. After getting the puck from Zingler, Howser rifled a perfect pass across the ice to a wide-open Kozlowski down low, and the freshman buried her second goal of the season at the 9:16 mark.
The Bulldogs saw their offensive momentum stymied by penalties in the second period, as Yale was whistled three times and the Bobcats (10-18-5, 3-13-3 ECACHL) turned that into a 10-5 shot edge. But Love stopped them all, including sliding over for a great stop on a Hayley McMeekin shot from low in the right circle midway through the period.
As has been their habit recently, the Bulldogs came out strong in the third period. They scored 36 seconds in, with Howser tallying her 11th off assists from Jenna Spring and Deena Caplettte. Just a minute after that Yale nearly had another goal, as Sarah Tittman appeared to knock in a rebound of a Zingler shot, but the puck hit the crossbar and bounced out.
Craig made a pair of great saves shortly after that, denying both Savard and then Zingler on a rebound try, but Love continued to match her. A nice kick save denied Antoinette Maldonado with eight minutes to play.
A shot by Zingler trickled past Craig and hit the post shortly after that, and then a pair of late penalties on Yale helped give Quinnipiac a chance to get back in the game. But a diving effort by Savard broke up one Bobcat sequence, and Tittman gathered the puck for a clear. Yale would wind up 9-for-9 on the penalty kill.
Quinnipiac called timeout with 1:58 to play and pulled Craig, but still could not get the puck past Love. Resor took a loose puck at center ice and sent it into the empty net to seal the victory.
Yale travels to Princeton for a 4 p.m. game Saturday.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity