Feb. 16, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's hockey team's visit to Brown Tuesday night (7:00 p.m., Pay-per-view Video) will be the final road game for the team's eight seniors, and it might bring back some fond memories. Three years ago, the members of the Class of 2009 were part of a historic win for the Yale program at Meehan Auditorium.
Yale's 3-1 over the Bears at Meehan on Feb. 14, 2006 brought an end to a 37-game winless streak against Brown, one of many such streaks the Bulldogs have put an end to in recent years. In fact, Yale is now at a point where the current senior class will leave with a winning record against Brown, the first class in school history to accomplish that. The Class of 2009 is 4-2-1 against the Bears, including a 4-1 win earlier this year in which three different Bulldogs scored and sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 15 saves. In the game at Meehan three years ago, Brown led 1-0 heading into the third period. But after forward Jenna Spring '07 tied the game 16 seconds into the final frame, senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) got the game-winner at 8:58. A short-hander by forward Kristin Savard '07 at 14:34 sealed the win, and goalie Sarah Love '06 finished with 14 saves.
Bulldogs Close in on Milestones
With three games left, the Bulldogs still have some accomplishments within reach. Wins in each of the remaining games would give Yale 13 wins for the season, which would be third all-time at Yale. Two more wins would make the senior class the third-winningest class in Yale history. The Class of 2009 is currently fourth (47 wins).
The Bulldogs regrouped after a 2-9 stretch and picked up three points last weekend with a tie vs. RPI and a win over Union. Junior forward Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) has a point in three straight games, while junior forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) has three points in the last four games. Sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) has done the bulk of Yale's scoring since late January, registering five goals and seven points in the last eight games.
The Bears have split their last six games after starting the season 3-16-1. Senior goalie Nicole Stock is ending her career on a roll, having limited five of Brown's last six opponents to two goals or less. That included a 47-save effort at Dartmouth which Stock and the Bears lost 1-0. That was one of eight times this season the Bears have been shut out, including four times in a span of six games Jan. 23 through Feb. 7. Junior forward Andrea Hunter leads the team in points (5-8-13).
Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) is a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college hockey player in the country. Resor is also on the ballot for the East squad at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition. Fans can vote for Resor in the Skills Challenge, along with Yale men's goalie Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.), at ncaa.com. Voting ends Feb. 18 at Noon ... Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is a nominee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. Howser volunteers with a local soup kitchen, multiple homeless shelters, AIDS Walk New Haven, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, multiple holiday gift giving initiatives and many other community-related causes ... Seven different players have scored game-winning goals for Yale this year ... All 12 of sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.)'s goals have come in conference play, as have all six of Resor's.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity