Jan. 11, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Bulldogs, who received a vote in the USCHO.com national poll this week, enter the weekend with a chance to tie the school record for longest winning streak (six). To do so, though, they will have to beat two teams that are a combined 28-12-4. No. 6/7 St. Lawrence visits Ingalls Rink Friday night at 7:00 p.m. (broadcast live free of charge on TEAMLINE) and Clarkson comes to town Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (broadcast live free of charge on WYBC 1340 AM).
St. Lawrence (15-5-2, 7-3-0 ECAC, t-4th) has an impressive history of success against the Bulldogs, holding a 27-0-1 record in the all-time series (the tie came Feb. 12, 1999 -- the Saints have won the last 17). But that stat belies a series of close games between the two teams. Eight times in the last nine meetings Yale has been within a goal of the Saints in the third period only to come up short in the end. That includes the game earlier this season when the Bulldogs trailed only 3-2 heading into the third period but eventually fell 7-3. Senior forward Christina Sharun (Nanaimo, B.C.), freshman forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) and sophomore forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) scored Yale's goals, while junior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) made 37 saves.
Zilis, the reigning ECAC Goalie of the Week, faces the sixth-best scoring offense in the country in St. Lawrence (3.95 goals per game). The Saints are led by Sabrina Harbec, who is seventh in the country in points per game (12-22-34 in 20 games).
Clarkson (13-7-2, 5-4-1 ECAC, 6th) boasts a tenacious defense that has allowed Yale only six goals in the teams' five games all-time, including a 4-2 Golden Knights win earlier this season. A three-goal second period by Clarkson proved decisive in that game, though Yale did attempt to rally behind third-period goals from Schwartz and senior forward Kelsey Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.).
Of the 12 combined losses between Yale's two weekend opponents, all but two of them have been to teams ranked in the current USCHO.com top 10. St. Lawrence brings a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) into Friday's game. Clarkson, which plays at Brown Friday night before coming to New Haven, had its school-record eight-game winning streak snapped last Saturday by a 5-0 loss at No. 8 BC.