November 6, 2008

Ingalls Re-Opens this Weekend with No. 9 SLU, Clarkson in Town

Nov. 6, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The first weekend of play at newly renovated Ingalls Rink includes two key early season ECAC Hockey matchups for the Bulldogs. They are hosting No. 9 St. Lawrence Friday night (7:00 p.m., GameTracker, free live video on Yale All*Access). Clarkson comes in Saturday (4:00 p.m., GameTracker, Yale All*Access).

Yale Splits First Weekend of ECAC Hockey Play
Yale opened ECAC Hockey play with a 4-0 win at Union last Friday, getting 12 saves from freshman goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) and four points (2-2-4) from sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.). Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) had a pair of goals and an assist. Her goals came 12 seconds into the first period and 41 seconds into the second period. The Bulldogs then dropped a 2-1 decision at RPI. The game was scoreless entering the third period, but after senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) scored 45 seconds in the Engineers answered with a pair of 5-on-3 power-play goals for the win. Ladiges made 23 saves.

Bulldogs Among National Leaders
Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is fifth in the country in goals per game (four in three games) and tied for sixth in the country in points per game (4-2-6 in three games). Sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) is also tied for sixth in points per game (2-4-6 in three games). Ketchum is tied for seventh in the country in assists per game (four in three games), while junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.) and freshman forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) are tied for 15th (three in three games). Clarke is tied for ninth in points per game among defensemen (0-3-3 in three games). Hughes is tied for sixth in points per game among rookies (1-3-4 in three games). Freshman goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) is fifth in the country in goals-against average (0.98) and sixth in save percentage (.949).

The Yale-St. Lawrence Series
St. Lawrence brought Yale's season to an end last year by sweeping the Bulldogs in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in Canton, but both games in the best-of-three series went to overtime. The Saints overcame a 55-save effort from Shivon Zilis '08 in the opener for a 2-1 win. Junior forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) scored Yale's goal. The next afternoon second-period goals by senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) gave Yale a 2-0 lead, but the Saints rallied to tie it in the third and then won it at 9:42 of overtime when a puck from the corner bounced into the net off the body of a St. Lawrence player who was picking herself up off the ice just in front of the crease. Sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 46 saves. The back-to-back one-goal losses marked the first time that had happened in the series since 1997, when Yale lost a 4-3 decision in overtime near the end of the 1996-97 season and then lost 4-3 in regulation in the 1997-98 season opener.

The Yale-Clarkson Series
Other than a 5-1 win Jan. 13, 2007 at Ingalls Rink, goals have been hard to come by vs. Clarkson for Yale recently. The Golden Knights had a pair of shutouts against the Bulldogs near the end of 2005-06, and beat Yale 4-2 early in the 2006-07 season. Last season they outscored the Bulldogs 11-1, including a 6-0 blanking at Ingalls in which they scored three power-play goals and forward Melissa Waldie had a hat trick. Last February in Potsdam the game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes but the Golden Knights outscored Yale 5-1 the rest of the way. Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) scored Yale's goal.

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