Conference Play Starts with Visit to New York

Oct. 26, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will get a quick look at where it stands in the ECAC this weekend in New York. The Bulldogs finished only one point behind Colgate (Friday, 7 p.m.) in the standings last year, part of a group of six teams between third and eighth place that were all within four points of each other. Yale wound up 10 points ahead of Cornell, the team it faces Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs (0-1) are looking to break out of an early-season slump in offensive production that has seen them score just two goals in three games (including an exhibition game against McGill and a scrimmage with Princeton along with the season-opening 3-1 loss at BC). Senior forward Jenna Spring (Cranbrook, B.C.) has Yale's only regular-season goal so far.

The Raiders (0-4-1) have also been having trouble scoring, tallying six goals in five regular-season games. Two sophomore forwards, Sam Hunt (3-1-4) and Elin Brown (0-3-3), lead the team in scoring. Senior goaltender Brook Wheeler has a .916 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average.

The Big Red (0-1-1), which plays Brown Friday night before taking on the Bulldogs Saturday, are beginning to enjoy the benefits of extensive renovations to Lynah Rink that include new locker rooms, new offices for the coaching staffs and premium seating boxes. Cornell tripled its win total from three in 2004-05 to nine in 2005-06 under Doug Derraugh, who has been named head coach after serving in that role in an interim capacity last year.

Live stats from the Colgate game are scheduled to be available via the Raiders' live stats program. A link will be available through the women's hockey schedule page on yalebulldogs.com. The game is also scheduled to be webcast with live video through Colgate's site, accessible at http://secure.internetconsult.com/colgate/login.aspx

Live stats from the game at Cornell are scheduled to be available via GameTracker on yalebulldogs.com.

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