Feb. 2, 2005
New Haven, CT - Yale returns to Ingalls Rink for its first home games since Dec. 8 this weekend. The Bulldogs (10-11-1, 8-4-1, 4th) host No. 5 St. Lawrence (19-4-3, 9-2-1, 3rd) Friday night at 7:00 and Clarkson (9-10-6, 4-7-1, 8th) Saturday afternoon at 4:00 in two games that will go a long way towards determining each team's post-season plans. Yale currently holds down the fourth and final home-ice spot in the conference standings, having set the school record for points in conference play. Adding to the festivities is the fact that Saturday's game, which will be broadcast on-line, is Alumnae/Friends Day and Youth Day. There will be a post-game autograph session and free Yale women's hockey media guides while supplies last for all children in attendance Saturday. Tickets are available at the rink one hour prior to game time (children 14 & under get in free).
Last weekend was an up-and-down experience for the Bulldogs, who tied Brown 3-3 for their first point against the Bears since 1988 but then lost 11-2 to No. 6 Harvard. If recent history is any indication, the Bulldogs can bounce back from that loss. Their only other loss by more than four goals this season came Nov. 6 against Dartmouth, and they won seven of their next eight games after that one - including Yale's first win over Harvard in 20 years. A win over the Saints would mean yet another significant achievement for the Bulldogs, who have never beaten St. Lawrence and bring a series record of 0-19-1 into Friday's showdown. While the Saints have kept that streak alive recently, three of the last four meetings have been decided by one goal, including a 4-3 game a month ago. Sophomore forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) scored two of Yale's three goals that night, including one on the power play. Sophomore forward Jenna Spring (Cranbrook, B.C.) had the other. Saints forward Rebecca Russell, the school's career points leader, had two goals and an assist to thwart the Yale effort.
The Clarkson matchup also figures to be a close one, as it took an overtime goal by sophomore defenseman Kelsey Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) with 37 seconds left to help Yale to a 2-1 victory when these two teams met last month. The Bulldogs outshot Clarkson 29-15 but were nearly denied victory by netminder Stephanie Hansen (27saves). That was Yale's first overtime game of the season - the Blue had gone 16 games without one - but started a stretch of three overtime games in the past six. On Yale's just-concluded eight-game road trip, five games were decided by one goal and another was a tie.
For the local fans that haven't seen their Bulldogs in two months, there have been plenty of changes. Sophomore Christina Sharun (Nanaimo, B.C.) moved to forward and Johnson moved to defense last weekend, and sophomore defenseman Nina Resor (Westwood, Mass.) - injured in the Mercyhurst game at Ingalls Dec. 7 - returned to the lineup. Spring was Yale's leading scorer on the extended road trip, picking up 10 points in eight games (4-6-10). Senior defenseman Erin Duggan (Beaumont, Alb.) had nine points (4-5-9), including a hat trick at Ohio State.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department