Jan. 21, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs have just reached the halfway point of the ECAC Hockey schedule, but already the race for the playoffs is heating up. Yale enters this weekend's games vs. Cornell (Friday, 7:00 p.m., free live video on Yale All*Access) and Colgate (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Yale All*Access, WYBC 1340) six points out of the last playoff spot.
Cornell shut out Yale 3-0 the last time these two teams met, in November at Lynah Rink, snapping a 10-game winning streak in the series for the Bulldogs. The Big Red then endured a 3-6-1 skid, but appears to have righted the ship with a sweep of Union and RPI last weekend. Forward Rebecca Johnston, a member of the Canadian National Team who scored a pair of goals against the Bulldogs, leads the Big Red in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists entering the weekend. Forward Catherine White is sixth in the country in points per game among freshmen (10-14-24 in 19 games).
The Raiders beat the Bulldogs 4-2 in Hamilton last November. Goals by senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) were not enough, as a power-play goal by forward Marissa Dumbovy in the second period and a goal by forward Katie Stewart in the third broke a 2-2 tie. Sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 39 saves, while Colgate's Kimberly Sass made 33. Sass has won three ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors this season, including one for her work last weekend in wins over RPI and Union (.948 save percentage, 1.50 GAA).
Facing the Best in Net
In its last seven games Yale has faced five goalies currently ranked in the top nine in the country in save percentage. The Bulldogs beat Northeastern's Leah Sulyma (6th, .938) 2-0 and Providence's Genevieve Lacasse (7th, .934) 2-1 but fell to BC's Molly Schaus (3rd, .942) 1-0 in overtime, Clarkson's Lauren Dahm (5th, .939) 4-1 and to St. Lawrence's Brittony Chartier (9th, .931) 4-0. Cornell goalie Kayla Strong is 11th in the country (.926) and Colgate goalie Kimberly Sass is 15th (.924). Yale sophomore Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is 17th (.923) and freshman Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) is 34th (.899).
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, six points behind eighth-place Cornell. Yale has two games in hand on ninth-place Quinnipiac and one on Cornell. Yale is eight points behind the three teams (Clarkson, Colgate and RPI) that are tied for fifth.
All in the (ECAC Hockey) Family
Five Yale players have siblings with ECAC Hockey ties, including three Bulldogs with sisters who played for Yale. Junior defenseman Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.)'s sister Kelsey '07 was a forward for the Bulldogs. Senior defenseman Carry Resor (Westwood, Mass.)'s sister Nina '07 played defense. Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.)'s sister Jane '01 played forward. 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. Hughes' mother, Allison, played for BU. Her younger brother, Gunnar, plays for Salisbury.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity