November 9, 2007

Third-Period Outburst Keeps Bulldogs Unbeaten with 5-2 Win at Cornell

Nov. 9, 2007

Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. - A dramatic third-period turnaround helped the Yale women's hockey team keep its unbeaten streak intact Friday night at Cornell, as the Bulldogs got five goals from five different players to erase a 2-0 deficit. That included a pair of goals in a span of 14 seconds by sophomore forward Denise Soesilo and junior forward Crysti Howser.

After a scoreless first period in which Cornell put just one shot on net, the Big Red got goals from Karlee Overguard and Caeleigh Beerworth (on a power play) in the second to take the 2-0 lead.

"We were a little flat in the first, but I've got to give Cornell credit -- they came out with a lot of energy," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "We didn't take care of the puck in our own zone in the second so we got behind. In the third we started playing the way we're capable of playing."

A tripping call against Cornell (3-4-0, 0-1-0 ECAC) early in the third gave the Bulldogs the chance they needed. Yale's power play unit was fourth in the country (4 for 16) entering the day, and after being denied on their first opportunity the Bulldogs capitalized on their second. Freshman forward Bray Ketchum's goal, assisted by sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz, got Yale (3-0-1, 3-0-1 ECAC) on the scoreboard at 3:40.

Three minutes later, junior forward Sarah Tittman's goal, assisted by Ketchum, tied the score at two. It was Tittman's third goal in four games, tripling her output from all of last season.

"Tittman continues to be a threat offensively," Witt said. "She's done some nice things for us."

With a pair of quick strikes the Bulldogs then seized control. Howser delivered her first goal of the season, knocking in a rebound of shot by sophomore defenseman Alyssa Clarke, to break the tie with 5:40 left in the game. Fourteen seconds later Howser drove wide and fed Soesilo charging hard to the net for a goal that quickly gave Yale some breathing room.

Clarke then battled a Cornell player from the hash marks in the Yale end to the red line to put in an empty-net goal with 4:28 left.

Senior goaltender Shivon Zilis finished with 13 saves, while Cornell's Jenny Niesluchowski had 18. Clarke, Howser, Ketchum and freshman defenseman Samantha MacLean all finished with a +/- of +4, and Howser won 18 of 28 face-offs.

Yale was playing without junior defenseman Helen Resor, who is with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup.

Yale visits Colgate Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

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