Jan. 5, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) made the U.S. Olympic team, the Bulldogs beat Niagara for the first time in history with a nine-goal outburst, senior goaltender Sarah Love (Bayfield, Ont.) got her first career assist and senior forward Deena Caplette (Winnipeg, Man.) extended her school record for game-winning goals to 10. Other than that not much has happened since the last time the Yale women's hockey team was at Ingalls Rink for a game. The Bulldogs host No. 7 Princeton (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Northeastern (Saturday, 4 p.m.) this weekend.
Caplette's latest game-winner, a short-handed tally with 34.8 seconds left, gave Yale (4-7-2, 2-2-1 ECACHL) the win last Monday night at BC. Love assisted on the play, adding 16 saves to bring her career total to 2,700 (second-most at Yale behind Laurie Belliveau `98's 4,259). Since the local fans last saw the Bulldogs, however, plenty of other players have been contributing to the scoring. In the five games since the last home game, junior defenseman Nina Resor (Westwood, Mass.) and junior forward Christina Sharun (Nanaimo, B.C.) both have a team-best six points. Junior forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) had a point in each game, and now has scored a point in 10 of Yale's 13 games. She and junior forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) share the team lead in points with 11.
The game with Princeton (9-4-3, 5-1-1 ECACHL) figures to go a long way towards sorting out the ECACHL playoff picture, as the Bulldogs edged the Tigers by two points for the fourth and final home-ice slot last season. Right now Princeton is in fourth place but is only one point behind the three teams (Clarkson, Harvard and St. Lawrence) that are tied for first. Junior forward Kim Pearce is tied for second in the ECACHL in points (6-19-25). Senior goaltender Roxanne Gaudiel is third in the ECACHL in save percentage (.930).
Northeastern (4-13-1, 3-8-1 Hockey East) is 3-4 in its last seven games, with two of the losses coming by just one goal. The Huskies have already downed one ECACHL opponent, beating Brown 4-2 Nov. 29. Senior Marissa Hourihan, who was the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for November, has a .910 save percentage and 3.31 GAA. Junior forward Crystal Rochon (10-4-14) is tied with sophomore forward Nicki Petrich (4-10-14) for the team lead in points.
Yale head coach Hilary Witt is a Northeastern alum and was recently inducted into the Huskies' Hall of Fame.
The Northeastern game is Yale's last non-conference matchup of the season. Next week, The Bulldogs travel to St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Tickets are available at Ingalls Rink one hour prior to the game.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity