No. 4 New Hampshire Tops Bulldogs in Opener, 5-3

Oct. 25, 2008

Box Score

DURHAM, N.H. - A late rally by Yale was not enough Saturday night, as the Bulldogs fell to No. 4 New Hampshire 5-3 at the Whittemore Center. Senior forward Crysti Howser had a pair of goals and an assist, but a 5-0 Wildcat lead in the third period proved to be too much to overcome.

New Hampshire (5-1-2, 1-1-1 Hockey East) had a 9-6 shot advantage in the first period and also scored the only goal of the frame, as Jenn Wakefield tallied her eighth goal of the year. Shots were even in the second period, but the Wildcats extended their lead on a goal by Kelly Paton.

Paton's goal 20 seconds into the third period set the tone, as the Wildcats would pour on 17 shots in the frame. Two goals in a span of 21 seconds six minutes in, from Micaela Long and Shannon Sisk, wound up providing the decisive edge. Freshman forward Aleca Hughes started Yale's rally with a goal at 13:11, but that combined with Howser's two tallies was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Senior defenseman Helen Resor had a pair of assists, while junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke, sophomore forward Bray Ketchum, Howser and Hughes had one each. Sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris made 29 saves in 57:05 before giving way to freshman Genny Ladige, who stopped both shots she saw.

Yale (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) hosts McGill in an exhibition Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Ingalls Rink.

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