January 31, 2007

Back on the Road, Bulldogs Visit QU and Princeton

Jan. 31, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four important ECAC points hang in the balance as Yale hits the road for the first time since Jan. 7. The first leg of the trip is a short one -- 10 miles up I-91 to Quinnipiac Friday for a 3:00 p.m. game that is part of a doubleheader with the two school's men's teams. Friday's action can be heard live on WYBC 1340 AM. The Bulldogs, who are four wins shy of tying the school record, visit long-time rival Princeton for a 4:00 p.m. game Saturday.

Yale (12-10-1, 7-8-1 ECAC, 7th) and Quinnipiac (7-20-1, 4-12-0 ECAC, 10th) have already met twice this season, including an ECAC game in November (a 3-1 Yale win) and a non-conference game in December as part of the Nutmeg Classic (a 7-3 Yale win that gave the Bulldogs the tournament championship). The Bulldogs won the first game despite being outshot 35-21, as junior goaltender Shivon Zilis made 34 saves. Senior forward Sheila Zingler, freshman forward Mandi Schwartz and freshman forward Denise Soesilo scored Yale's goals.

Zingler, a finalist for the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, enters the weekend having already established career highs in goals (12), assists (12) and points (24) this season.

Yale held a 29-23 shot advantage in the second game against the Bobcats and won despite surrendering an early 3-0 lead. Zilis made 20 saves and Yale got goals from senior forward Kristin Savard (two), senior forward Jenna Spring, sophomore forward Crysti Howser, sophomore forward Sarah Tittman and freshman defenseman Berit Johnson.

The afternoon game on Friday is part of Dedication Day for Quinnipiac's TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Yale men's team plays Quinnipiac at 7:00 p.m. that night.

Princeton (12-9-2, 10-5-1 ECAC, 5th) beat Yale 3-1 in November despite a 25-18 Bulldog shot advantage. Freshman forward Denise Soesilo scored Yale's goal. The Tigers are now 2-0-1 in the last three games of the series after Yale had a five-game winning streak.

Yale enters the weekend two points behind sixth-place Rensselaer in the standings. The Engineers host first-place Dartmouth and second-place Harvard. Yale trails fifth-place Princeton by six points in the standings.

The top eight teams make the ECAC playoffs, with the top four teams hosting best-of-three quarterfinal series Feb. 23-25. Each team has six regular-season games remaining.

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