No. 6 New Hampshire Beats Yale 5-2

Nov. 13, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No.6 New Hampshire outshot Yale 35-16 en route to a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Wildcats power play, which entered the day clicking at a .333 pace (15 for 45), went 2-for-7 in this game and UNH also got a short-handed goal.

Special teams play was a key factor in the first period. UNH forward Sadie Wright-Ward dragged down Yale forward Sheila Zingler as she charged down the right side at the 11:04 mark, and just 41 seconds later Wildcat defenseman Kacey Bellamy was whistled for cross-checking to give Yale a 5-on-3 advantage. But the Bulldogs got only one shot on Wildcat goalie Melissa Bourdon during the two-man edge, and that one was from all the way out past the blue line by defenseman Kelsey Johnson.

When Yale's Jenna Spring went off for body checking at 14:13, it enabled the dangerous UNH power play to go into effect. Forward Sam Faber slid the puck from the right corner to forward Nicole Hekle in the slot, where she knocked it past Yale netminder Shivon Zilis at 14:34.

Zilis had to make a great save when a Yale turnover just two minutes into the second gave UNH defenseman Shannon Clement an open shot from the slot. Zilis was unable to come up with a similar play 90 seconds later when the Bulldogs failed to control the puck in their own end and forward Sadie Wright-Ward, behind the net to Zilis' left, poked the puck to forward Jennifer Hitchcock, who knocked it home for a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs got good forechecking from Kristin Savard while killing off a penalty five minutes into the period, as the Yale forward generated a pair of chances for a short-handed goal but could not get the puck past UNH netminder Melissa Bourdon (14 saves).

When defenseman Amy McLaughlin dragged Savard down and was whistled for interference at 6:09, the Bulldogs got a power play of their own and took advantage. With defenseman Carlee Ness rifling shots from the point, the Bulldogs worked the puck over to her and she drew the defense. Instead of shooting, she passed to a wide-open forward Sheila Zingler in the right circle, who one-timed it past Bourdon at 6:37.

Yale got a scare when forward Sarah Tittman hit the boards hard after being tripped by Wright-Ward at 9:02 of the second. The freshman was on the ice in pain for several moments before getting up with the assistance of trainer Brian O'Malley. While Tittman eventually was able to return to the game, the penalty on UNH actually wound up hurting Yale when McLaughlin backhanded one on net that trickled past Zilis for a shorthanded goal at 9:43. A goal by Wright-Ward 25 seconds into the third increased the lead to 4-1.

Zingler pulled Yale within 4-2 off a Savard assist 3:56 into the third, but the Bulldogs would get no closer. Wright-Ward went off for interference with 4:23 to play, but two Yale penalties soon followed and the Bulldogs were unable to muster much offense. Hitchcock added an empty-netter with 1:02 to play.

Yale hosts Harvard next Friday at 7 p.m.

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