Jan. 10, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale plays its first ECAC Hockey games in over a month this weekend with games at Princeton (Friday, 7:00) and Quinnipiac (Saturday, 4:00). The Bulldogs start the second half of the conference slate tied for the eighth and final playoff spot, so if they want to ensure that they are playing after Feb. 23 they must make some headway in the standings.
Yale (5-6-4, 3-5-2 ECAC Hockey, t-8th) is coming off a 1-0 overtime win over Northeastern in which freshman goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) nabbed her second shutout and junior forward Maggie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left in overtime. Junior forwards Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) and Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) are tied for the team lead in points with 12.
Princeton (7-7-4, 5-5-1 ECAC, 4th) is among the teams also receiving votes in the national polls. The Tigers are seventh in the country in scoring defense (1.94 goals per game) and have allowed one goal in their last four games. Junior goaltender Kristen Young has a .914 save percentage. Senior forward Marykate Oakley leads the team in scoring (6-12-18).
Quinnipiac (3-12-4, 0-8-3 ECAC, 11th) has been playing its best hockey of late, including a pair of wins last weekend. The Bobcats have allowed only 11 goals in their last seven games, and freshman goaltender Jamie Miller won the Laurie Belliveau Award as the top goaltender at the Nutmeg Classic two weeks ago. Junior forward Elyse Cole leads the team in goals with six.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity