Jan. 28, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale visits an old rival and a new one this weekend with a road trip to Princeton (Friday, 7:00 p.m., Pay-per-view Video, Live Stats) and Quinnipiac (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Pay-per-view Video, Live Stats). The Bulldogs are 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against the Tigers, with nine of those games decided by two goals or fewer. The Bulldogs' series with the Bobcats has also been marked by close games, including three overtime affairs in the previous three seasons, though Yale is 10-2-3 overall against its neighbors just North up I-91.
Yale heads back to Baker Rink for the first time since a thrilling 5-3 win over Princeton there a year ago. The Bulldogs let a 3-1 lead slip away as the Tigers' Katherine Dineen finished off a hat trick with a goal 51 seconds into the third period, but three minutes later junior forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.)'s diving short-handed goal gave the Bulldogs the lead again. Murphy then sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final minute. Shivon Zilis '08 made 40 saves. The Tigers got their revenge at Ingalls Rink a month later, edging Yale 2-1 on a pair of goals by Annie Greenwood. That kept up an interesting trend for the Bulldogs - in the last nine meetings between these teams, the Bulldogs have either scored four or more goals (six times) or one or fewer goals (four times). Yale is 5-3-1 against Princeton in that span. Melanie Wallace leads the Tigers in scoring (5-13-18), while Sasha Sherry is sixth in the country in scoring by a defenseman (6-10-16 in 21 games). Goalie Kristen Young has a .921 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.
These two teams have already met once this year, but that game - a 2-0 Yale win at the Nutmeg Classic - did not count in the ECAC Hockey Standings. The Bulldogs outshot the Bobcats 28-17 and got goals from junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.) and senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.), while sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 17 saves. Elyse Cole (9-8-17) leads the Bobcats in scoring, while Tia Wishart leads in save percentage (.922) and goals-against average (2.46).
Gs for Genny
The three goals Yale scored Friday night in the 3-1 win over Cornell must have felt like an embarrassment of riches for freshman goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.). In the four games Ladiges started prior to that game, Yale scored a total of one goal. Overall, Yale has scored only 14 goals in Ladiges' 10 starts, making it tough for the rookie to pick up wins despite posting a goals-against average (2.59) that would rank sixth on Yale's single-season record list. Ladiges' .902 save percentage would be the second-best ever by a Yale freshman, trailing only sophomore Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) (.921 in 2007-08) and one point ahead of Sarah Love '06's freshman mark (.901 in 2002-03).
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 tied for 9th place with eight points, six points behind eighth-place Cornell. Yale has one game in hand on the Big Red. Yale is also eight points behind the two teams (Clarkson and RPI) that are tied for sixth.
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.
Senior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) is the 32nd captain in Yale history and the first from the state of Wisconsin ... Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is +39 for her career. That is the highest rating for a Yale player, by 10, since that stat has been kept (2003-04) ... Yale has killed off 34 of its last 37 penalties, including 22 in a row between the second period of the game vs. Providence Dec. 30 and the third period of the game at Clarkson Jan. 16. Prior to 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 4.9 per game in the last seven games after averaging 6.0 in the first 11 games ... The Bulldogs have outshot their opponents in eight of the last 10 games, but have gone just 4-6-0. They have averaged 30 shots per game in that span, allowing only 26 per game ... Six different players have scored game-winning goals for Yale this year ... All eight of sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.)'s goals have come in conference play ... Yale is 6-0-0 when leading after two periods, 1-10-0 when trailing after two periods.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity