October 31, 2007

Bulldogs Face Battle at Brown Saturday

Oct. 31, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's season-opening five road-game stretch continues Saturday at Brown (2:00 p.m., audio (free)/video (pay-per-view) at brownbears.com), where the Bulldogs face a young Bears team looking to make an early statement in the ECAC Hockey race.

The Bulldogs (1-0-1, 1-0-1 ECAC) grabbed three points in New York state last weekend, opening their season with a 1-1 tie at RPI and then edging Union 3-2. Junior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) provided a pleasant surprise with two goals, already surpassing her total from last season. Yale also got a pair of points from junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) (1-1-2), playing forward, and sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) (0-2-2). Senior goalkeeper Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) stopped 32 of 33 shots in her lone appearance of the weekend, Friday against RPI.

As a team the Bulldogs killed off seven of eight opponent power plays last weekend, an .875 clip. Yale's power play unit delivered a pair of goals, none bigger than the game-winner in the third period Saturday by freshman forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.).

The Bulldogs and Bears split their two games last year, with Yale winning 2-1 at Brown and Brown winning 6-4 at Yale. Junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) had a pair of goals. Yale is 2-2-1 in its last five meetings with Brown after going 0-35-0 from 1988 to 2004.

Brown (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) has 15 freshmen and sophomores on its roster, so it is tough to tell what to expect from Digit Murphy's squad this year after its first non-playoff season since 1989-90. Junior goalkeeper Nicole Stock (.941 save percentage, 1.52 goals-against average) should be able to keep her team in every game, and senior forward Hayley Moore is coming off a 20-goal, 36-point season. No other player on the roster scored more than nine goals last year.

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