April 4, 2007

Yale Women's Ice Hockey in National Spotlight Friday

April 4, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It is the men's ice hockey NCAA Frozen Four in St. Louis this weekend, but the Yale women's ice hockey team is going to be a part of it. Senior forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) is on the East roster for the NCAA's Pontiac Frozen Four Skills challenge, which takes place Friday night at 7:30 Central (8:30 Eastern) and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Earlier that same night the winner of the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced, and senior forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) is one of five finalists. Both events take place at Scottrade Center, site of the men's ice hockey championship Saturday night.

Zingler was one of six female skaters picked to represent the East in the Skills Challenge, which is in its second year. Goaltender Sarah Love '06 represented the Bulldogs last year. The competition is 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 include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot. Zingler is scheduled to participate in the rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot portions.

A two-time ECAC All-Academic selection, Zingler finished the year with career highs in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35). 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. She and Savard are part of a Yale senior class that leaves with more wins (54) than any class in school history.

Savard is the third Yale women's ice hockey player to have been named a finalist for the Humanitarian, following in the footsteps of Deanna McDevitt '03 in 2003 and Julianna Schantz-Dunn '00 in 2000. The award, in its 12th year, is presented annually to recognize college hockey players -- male or female -- who give back to their communities in the true humanitarian spirit.

Savard founded "Teaming Up", an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for maternal health in Africa. Yale raised money this season through its "Goals for Goals" campaign to enable the women of the Keiskamma community in South Africa to participate in the UbuMama program, an arts-based fundraising initiative. The Bulldogs wound up scoring a school-record 96 goals.

A three-time ECAC All-Academic selection, Savard also participated in holiday gift drives, skate with the players events, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Yale Athletics Youth Days. She has tutored first graders and taught at local hockey camps in addition to serving on Yale's Thomas W. Ford '42 Community Outreach Committee.

The winner of the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian award will be announced at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday and he/she will be recognized in a ceremony at Scottrade Center at 6:35 p.m. Eastern.

The Yale women won't be done playing this year even when Zingler skates off the ice at the Skills Challenge. Two Bulldogs, sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany), are currently competing for their respective countries at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man., this week. The gold medal and bronze medal games at that event take place Tues. Apr. 10. The U.S. is the defending champion.

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

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