January 1, 2009

Boston Theme for Yale's Last Non-Conference Games

Jan. 1, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's last two non-conference games have the Bulldogs matched up against a pair of Boston-area teams, Northeastern and No. 7 Boston College. The Bulldogs visit the Huskies Friday night (7:00 p.m., Pay-per-view Video on GoNU.com, Live Stats) and then return home to host the Eagles Saturday night (7:00 p.m., Free Video on Yale All*Access, WYBC 1340 AM, GameTracker).

Yale-Northeastern
Back when Yale head coach Hilary Witt (a 2001 Northeastern graduate) was playing for the Huskies, NU had a decided edge in the series with Yale. But the Bulldogs have won the last three, including last season's 1-0 OT win in which sophomore goalkeeper Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 16 saves for the shutout. Senior forward Maggie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the game-winner with six seconds left in overtime, helping Yale overcome a 47-save effort by Leah Sulyma. Sulyma is still around, posting a .929 save percentage and a 1.98 goals-against average. She has been splitting time with freshman Florence Schelling, the Swiss National Team goalie who played in the 2006 Olympics. Schelling is third in the country in save percentage (.950) and fifth in goals-against average (1.55).

Yale-Boston College
A goal by senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) tied the game at two at 11:48 of the second period last year at Ingalls Rink, and that was how the Yale-BC game ended up. It was the fourth time in the last seven meetings between these two teams that the game went to overtime. Overall Yale is 2-3-2 in that span, with a 1-1-2 record in overtime. BC goalie Molly Schaus, a gold medal winner with Team USA at the 2008 IIHF Women's World Championship, is fifth in the country in save percentage (.939) and eighth in goals-against average (1.66).

Howser Continues Rising on Yale Record Lists
With 11 goals in 12 games this year, senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is 10th in the country in goals per game. Howser is third on Yale's career goals list with 55 and tied for the third-best single season goal total in school history (22 in 2006-07). She is on pace to finish the regular season with 27 goals this year, which would be second only to the 32 goals Maria Dennis '88 scored in 1984-85. Howser played for the U.S. Under-22 Team this past August, scoring a goal in the team's three-game series vs. Canada.

Snikeris On Record-Breaking Pace
Just 23 games into her career, sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is staking out her place in the Yale record book. She already has the single season record for goals-against average, 2.18, set last year. Her .921 save percentage last year was fourth-best all-time. Her .920 career save percentage is better than the career record established by Sarah Love '06 (.915).

Resor Back from Camp
Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) was part of a group of the nation's top women's ice hockey players in Blaine, Minn., this past week for USA Hockey's annual Women's Holiday Camp. Resor, who missed Yale's 2-1 overtime win over Providence while at the camp, is currently tied for second on the team in assists (seven) and tied for third in points (10).

Bulldogs in Midst of Tough Stretch
Yale's is in the midst of a four-game stretch in which the Bulldogs face four of the top seven scoring defenses in the country: Providence (6th), at Northeastern (4th), Boston College (5th) and Dartmouth (7th). Those teams are a combined 34-21-8 overall and three are receiving recognition in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll: Dartmouth is No. 3, Boston College is No. 7 and Providence is receiving votes.

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