Jan. 14, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The always-challenging trip to the North Country awaits Yale this weekend as the Bulldogs look to start making a move up in the ECAC Hockey standings. Yale split its games against these two teams earlier in the season at Ingalls Rink, beating Clarkson (Friday, 7:00 p.m., Live Stats, Pay-per-view Video) but falling to St. Lawrence (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Live Stats, Pay-per-view Video). The Golden Knights have reeled off a 7-1-2 record since falling to the Bulldogs. The fifth-ranked Saints are 1-3-1 since starting the season 11-2-2.
The Bulldogs edged the Golden Knights 3-2 at Ingalls Rink this past November thanks in large part to freshman goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.), who made 28 saves - including 14 in the second period as Yale built a 3-1 lead. Sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) had a pair of goals, while senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) had a goal and an assist. The Golden Knights enter Friday's game with two players on the verge of 100 career points, as forwards Marie-Jo Gaudet and Britney Selina are both at 97. Gaudet has a team-high 14 goals and 28 points this season, while Selina has a team-high 19 assists as part of her 22 points. Lauren Dahm is fourth in the country in goals-against average (1.41) and fifth in save percentage (.938).
Yale got goals from senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and freshman forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), but St. Lawrence broke open a 3-2 game with three goals in a span of four minutes early in the third period to win 6-2 this past November at Ingalls Rink, improving to 33-0-1 all-time vs. Yale. For the season the Saints are 10th in the country in scoring offense (3.25 goals per game). Forwards Alley Bero and Carson Duggan each had a goal and two assists against the Bulldogs, and Duggan leads the team in points (14-8-22). Brittony Chartier, a three-time member of the Canadian U-22 team who transferred to St. Lawrence from Minnesota, has a .927 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average. She stopped 19 shots last time vs. Yale.
Facing the Best in Net
On Friday at Clarkson, Yale might go up against Golden Knights goalie Lauren Dahm, who is fifth in the country in save percentage. The Bulldogs have already faced four of the current top 10 in save percentage in their last five games, beating Northeastern's Leah Sulyma (6th, .938) 2-0 and Providence's Genevieve Lacasse (7th. .938) 2-1 but falling to BC's Molly Schaus (4th, .943) 1-0 in overtime and to Dartmouth's Carli Clemis (10th, .933) 5-2. Yale goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is currently 18th in save percentage at .923, though in her last eight games she has been even better (.938).
Yale has killed off 21 consecutive penalties, including 11 this past weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard. The last power-play goal the Bulldogs allowed came at 3:26 of the second period on Dec. 30 against Providence. At that point the Bulldogs had allowed 14 power-play goals in 67 chances. Yale has also cut down on the number of penalties it is taking, averaging 5.4 per game in the last five games after averaging 6.0 in the first 11 games.
The top eight teams in the ECAC Hockey standings make the playoffs, with the top four teams hosting teams five through eight in best-of-three quarterfinal series starting Feb. 27. The Bulldogs are currently in 10th place with six points, two points behind the two teams (Cornell and Quinnipiac) tied for eighth place. Yale has four games in hand on Quinnipiac and one on Cornell. Yale is four points behind the two teams (Clarkson and Colgate) that are tied for sixth.
Sophomore goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is on pace to break the Yale record for single-season goals-against average. She is at 2.13, and the school record - established by Snikeris last season - is 2.18. Snikeris' current career save percentage, .922, would also be a Yale record .... Senior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) is the 32nd captain in Yale history and the first from the state of Wisconsin ... Sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.)'s brother, Ben, is a freshman forward for Quinnipiac ... Freshman forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.)'s older brother George will play for St. Lawrence in 2009-10. Her father, George, played hockey for Harvard and is seventh on the Crimson's career scoring list (66 goals, 95 assists). Her uncle, Jack, played for Harvard and the NHL's Colorado Rockies. Her mother, Allison, played for BU. Her younger brother, Gunnar, plays for Salisbury.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity