Bulldogs Knock Off No. 8 Princeton

Nov. 24, 2004

Final Stats

Princeton, N.J. - Yale picked up its second win over a ranked opponent Wednesday night at Princeton's Baker Rink, beating the No. 8 Tigers 2-1. The Bulldogs, who improved to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the ECACHL, rallied from an early 1-0 deficit on goals by D Helen Resor and F Deena Caplette, and G Sarah Love made 32 saves for the win.

The first period ended scoreless but with a series of penalties, including four on the Bulldogs in a span of 1:11 (one offset by a Princeton penalty). While the Bulldogs killed off each of those Tiger power plays, it was a four-on-four situation that gave Princeton the early edge in the second period. Love stopped a shot by Princeton D Chrissie Norwich but the rebound came right to F Kim Pearce, who stuffed it past Love's stick side at 10:52 of the second.

The penalties kept coming as the second period wore on (seven in each of the first two periods), and an obstruction-interference call on Pearce gave the Bulldogs a chance to get back in the game. Just 25 seconds into the power play, Resor's blast from just inside the blueline got past Princeton goaltender Roxanne Gaudiel to tie the game at one. Resor, playing in her first game of the year after missing eight due to an injury, leapt into the arms of her teammates to celebrate her first collegiate goal. Caplette picked up an assist on the play.

Caplette then got the game-winner by backhanding a rebound past a sprawled-out Gaudiel on a power play 4:06 into the third period.

"Deena Caplette played the best game she's had this year, and it was huge for us," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt.

The rest of the game was in Love's hands, as she made eight saves in the third period and the whistles subsided. There were only four penalties in that period, but one came on Yale with 2:09 to play. The Tigers pulled Gaudiel for a 6-on-4 advantage, but the Bulldogs killed off that penalty and wound up holding the Tigers 0-for-8 on the advantage.

"We did an awesome job of killing penalties like usual, and Sarah Love was stellar as usual," said Witt.

Resor showed that she appears fully recovered from the broken leg which she had suffered before even getting to Yale.

"She proved that she's ready to play," Witt said. "I wasn't really planning on playing her that much, but you've got to do what you've got to do."

Yale returns to action on Monday, hosting Providence at Ingalls Rink.

USCHO.com game broadcast (archive)

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department