Bulldogs Beat No. 9 Providence 5-1

Nov. 29, 2004

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New Haven, CT - Sarah Love made 39 saves and Sheila Zingler had a goal and three assists as the Yale women's hockey team topped No. 9 Providence 5-1 at Ingalls Rink Monday night. It was the third time in the last six games that the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-2 ECACHL) have knocked off a nationally-ranked opponent.

The Bulldogs grabbed a quick 1-0 lead when, off to the side of the Providence net just 2:02 into the game, Zingler backhanded a pass that found its way through traffic to Erin Duggan at the point. Duggan then unloaded a shot past Friars netminder Amy Thomas.

Yale has been involved in a number of one-goal games this season, including wins over then-No. 3 Harvard (3-2) and No. 8 Princeton (2-1), so getting some breathing room against the No. 9 Friars (6-4-3, 2-0 Hockey East) early on provided a change of pace. Zingler deposited a pass from Helen Resor past Thomas at 12:32 of the first, and assisted on a goal from Nicole Symington at 5:58 of the second for a 3-0 lead.

Kelsey Johnson also assisted on that goal, part of a night in which the Zingler-Johnson-Symington line produced three goals and five assists. Symington had come off the ice in obvious pain near the end of the first period, but was back out shortly thereafter and showed no ill effects the rest of the night.

"Nicole Symington and Kelsey Johnson played outstanding," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "I can't say enough about them."

After Watrous brought the Friars within two by knocking a rebound past Love, goals by Christina Sharun (assisted by Zingler) and Johnson (assisted by Symington and Ali Turney) put the game out of reach. Johnson's goal chased Thomas from the net with 4:59 to play, and Lauren Florio came on to record one save. Love made 14 saves in each of the final two periods to finish off another gem. Seven of her saves came on the penalty kill, as Yale held Providence 0-for-4 and has now killed off 25 straight penalties. Just as importantly, the Bulldogs got five goals against a team that had allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of its previous 12 games.

"We're starting to score some goals and that's very important," Witt said. "That creates confidence."

Yale hosts ECACHL rivals Cornell (Friday at 7:00) and Colgate (Saturday at 4:00) this weekend. The Bulldogs enter the set with a four-game winning streak, Yale's longest since the 1987-88 season.

"Especially going into these two games, having four wins and everyone being up is great," said Turney.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department