November 1, 2006

Local Rival, Long-time Rival Visit Ingalls This Weekend

Nov. 1, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's first home weekend of ECAC play features two distinctly different rivals. Quinnipiac visits Ingalls on Saturday (2:00 p.m.). The Bobcats-Bulldogs series only dates back to 2001, but with Quinnipiac located just 10 miles away the teams have quickly become intense adversaries. No. 8 Princeton, Yale's opponent on Sunday (2:00 p.m.), has been playing the Bulldogs since Dec. 10, 1977 -- Yale's first varsity win. The Tigers denied Yale a chance at the Ivy League championship the last time these two teams met.

Quinnipiac's record (1-6-0, 0-3-0 ECAC) is deceptive; the Bobcats have played five of their seven games against teams currently ranked in USCHO.com's top 10. The Bulldogs have gone 6-2-1 against Quinnipiac since the series started in 2001, and are 5-0-1 in the last six meetings.

The one tie in the series came last year at Ingalls Rink in Yale's season opener. Deena Caplette '06 and sophomore forward Kristen Stupay (Ashburn, Va.) scored the Bulldogs' goals. Because the game was part of the Nutmeg Classic -- the annual tournament involving Connecticut rivals Yale, Quinnipiac and UConn -- a shootout was held and the Bobcats won. Quinnipiac went on to claim the Nutmeg Classic championship with a win over UConn the next day. This year's tournament games for Yale will be on Dec. 29 (UConn) and 31 (Quinnipiac) at Ingalls Rink.

Princeton claimed a more significant championship last year at Yale's expense. When the Bulldogs traveled to Princeton for the regular-season finale the Ivy League title was at stake, and the Tigers came away with a 3-0 win. That marked the first time in eight games that a meeting between Yale and Princeton was decided by more than two goals. It also snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) in the series for the Bulldogs. The teams had tied 5-5 earlier in the year thanks in part to a four-point night (2-2-4) from sophomore forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.)

Princeton (2-0-2, 2-0-1 ECAC) made an early statement in the ECAC by knocking off then-No. 3 St. Lawrence 6-5 last weekend. The Tigers got 46 saves from Kristen Young, who was honored as the ECAC Goaltender of the Week.

Yale (1-2-0, 1-1 ECAC) is coming off a weekend split -- a 4-1 win at Cornell after a 4-3 overtime loss at Colgate. The Bulldogs scored seven goals in a conference weekend only twice last season, so achieving that total in the very first such weekend of 2006-07 bodes well for a team that returns all but one of its top 11 scorers from last season.

Not included among those returning scorers is sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.). Resor spent all of last season with the U.S. Olympic team after totaling 18 points (7-11-18) as a freshman in 2004-05. Resor's goal Saturday at Cornell was her first for the Bulldogs since Mar. 4, 2005 in the ECACHL Quarterfinals against Princeton at Ingalls Rink. She currently leads the team with three points (1-2-3).

After the game Resor and head coach Hilary Witt will take off for Kitchener, Ont., and the Four Nations Cup. The tournament features the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. Witt is an assistant on Mark Johnson's U.S. squad. The tournament runs from Nov. 7-11.

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