January 18, 2007

Big Red, Raiders Visit Ingalls

Jan. 18, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two teams with different motivations visit Ingalls Rink this weekend. Cornell (Friday, 7:00, free video live on yalebulldogs.com) is coming off back-to-back weekends of putting a scare into tough opponents (2-1 losses to No. 1 Mercyhurst and Colgate) but is still seeking an end to a losing streak that has now reached five games. Colgate (Saturday, 4:00, TEAMLINE.cc), which has five wins in its last six games, is just looking to keep its momentum going as it angles for a home-ice spot in the ECAC playoffs.

Yale has a win over Cornell (2-16-1, 2-10-0 ECAC, 11th) already this season, a 4-1 decision at Lynah Rink in October. That was a 2-1 game for nearly 40 minutes, until sophomore defenseman Helen Resor's goal at 18:44 of the second gave the Bulldogs some breathing room. Sophomore forward Danielle Kozlowski then tacked on an insurance goal in the third for the 4-1 final. Junior goalkeeper Shivon Zilis made 26 saves while the Big Red's Beth Baronick made 23.

Baronick and her fellow goalie, Jenny Niewsluchowski, have both come through with 40-save efforts against top teams over the last two weekends, so they could be capable of stopping a Yale offense that has been clicking. The Bulldogs' line of sophomore forward Crysti Howser, senior forward Jenna Spring and senior forward Sheila Zingler has produced 29 points (11-18-29) in the last seven games. Zingler enters the weekend with a seven-game point scoring streak while Spring has a six-gamer.

Colgate (10-10-1, 9-3-0 ECAC, t-4th) needs just one more ECAC win to set the school record for wins in conference play. The Raiders' offense is young but effective -- the team's top four scorers are all freshmen and sophomores, led by sophomore Sam Hunt (16-11-27). The Raiders also have two excellent options in net in Brook Wheeler (.906, 2.48) and Elayna Hamashuk (.928, 1.99).

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