July 23, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three Bulldogs -- junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill,), junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and forward Sheila Zingler '07 (Wausau, Wisc.) -- have been selected to participate in USA Hockey's National Festival August 14-21 in Lake Placid. The week-long festival includes 67 of the top players in the country participating in practices and games that will help determine the rosters of future U.S. National Teams.
Howser led Yale in goals (22) and points (37) last season, finishing tied for fourth in assists (15). That goal total was the most by a Bulldog in 19 years and placed her third on the school's single-season list. Her point total placed her fourth all-time and was the highest by a Yale player in 21 years.
Howser accomplished all that despite missing the first four games of the season while playing soccer for Yale; she was eighth in the ECAC in points per game (1.37). She has now stopped playing soccer in order to concentrate more fully on hockey. Her previous experience with USA Hockey includes a stint at last year's National Festival, where she and Resor were teammates. Howser also participated in USA Hockey's Girls' Select 17/18 Festival in 2005, tying for the scoring lead with four goals and three assists in five games.
Resor, a second team All-ECAC selection last season, had five goals and 15 assists in 24 games. She was third among ECAC defensemen in points per game (0.83).
Resor has the most international experience of any Bulldog, having become the first Yale player to make an Olympic team roster when she was named to Team USA for the 2006 Torino games. She has also participated in the last two IIHF World Championships, earning a gold medal in 2005 and a silver medal this past spring.
Zingler's selection to the National Festival marks the continuation of her rapid rise through the hockey ranks that began this past season. Named team MVP, she set career highs in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35), surpassing 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 ended her career fifth on Yale's career assists list (51), tied for sixth on Yale's career points list (89) and tied for ninth on Yale's career goals list (38).
Following the season Zingler was selected to participate in the NCAA's Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, where she scored more goals than any other female skater in the rapid-fire competition. She also participated in the accuracy shooting and penalty shot competitions.
Players at the festival are divided up into three teams. Team White is comprised of the 22 players who will go on to represent the United States as part of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team during a three-game series with Canada in Ottawa (Aug. 23-26). Teams Blue and Red include 27 players in the Under-22 range, along with 18 post-NCAA athletes. The 27 younger players will be vying to be among the 22 selected for the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team that will host Canada for a three-game series at the Olympic Center from Aug. 23-26.
The U.S. National Team will have a pair of major events coming up during the next year, including the Four Nations Cup in November and the IIHF World Championship in April.
Howser, the youngest of the three Bulldogs invited, is the only one eligible for selection to the Under-22 team. She is one of 17 forwards trying out for a spot on that squad.
With three players at the festival, the 2006-07 Yale team is tied for the most representatives among all ECAC Hockey schools.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity