March 1, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) enjoyed a breakout season in 2006-07, and her efforts have now been recognized with selection to participate in the NCAA's Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Zingler was one of six female skaters picked to represent the East in the event, which takes place Apr. 6 during the NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Zingler is tied for 13th in the ECAC in goals (17) and scoring (35 points) and tied for 15th in assists (18). Those numbers all represent career highs -- she surpassed her previous best point total by 16, her previous best goal total by 10 and her previous best assist total by seven. She also tied for the fourth-best single season assist total, fifth-best single season point total and 10th-best single season goal total in Yale history. Yale ended the 2006-07 season with 15 wins, the second-highest total in the program's 30-year history.
"It's nice to see Zingler have this opportunity," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "She had a great senior year and really deserves it."
The Skills Challenge competition will be held in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
Zingler was named a finalist for the event in December. Finalists were pared down from an original list of 181 student-athletes who were nominated by their head coaches. From the list of finalists, the selection committee, consisting of NCAA staff members, members of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee, representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, Nike Bauer Hockey and the six Division I men's ice hockey conferences, selected the 32 players that will compete in the event. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team's participation in the Men's Frozen Four. All college players that will exhaust their eligibility this season were eligible to be nominated.
Goaltender Sarah Love '06 participated in last season's inaugural skills competition, won by the East. Yale senior men's ice hockey defenseman Bill LeClerc (Acton, Mass.) is an alternate for this year's men's East squad.
The schedule of events for "Friday Night at the Frozen Four" will include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 6:00 p.m. Central time, the presentation of the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:35 p.m. Central and the Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge at 7:30 p.m. Central (shown live on ESPNU). Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the Scottrade Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (314) 241-1888.
The NCAA men's ice hockey championship is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 7.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity