November 7, 2006

Yale Hosts Hockey East Foe Providence Wednesday Night

Nov. 7, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A rare mid-week game at Ingalls Rink gives fans a chance to see Hockey East foe Providence, as the Friars come to town looking to end a three-game losing streak. Yale has beaten Providence just three times in 28 games, but two of those wins (and one tie) have come in the last five meetings.

Providence (3-4-0, 2-1-0 HEA) is better than its record would indicate. The Friars have two losses to Mercyhurst, currently the No. 2 team in the country, and another loss courtesy of No. 6 St. Lawrence. Bob Deraney's talented squad includes two players, Kristin Gigliotti and Sonny Watrous, who participated in the 2006 U.S. National Women's Festival. Watrous was a second team Hockey East All-Star last season, finishing with 40 points (19-21-40). Gigliotti leads the Friars in scoring (5-4-9), followed by Boston College transfer Sarah Feldman (3-5-8).

Mari Pehkonen is a transfer from the University of Minnesota-Duluth who has played with the Finnish National Team. Danielle Ciarletta also transferred to Providence from UMD.

The Bulldogs (2-3-0, 2-2-0 ECAC) will need another source of offense with sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) playing for Team USA at the Four Nations Cup this week. Resor, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, has had a hand in six of Yale's 12 goals this year (one goal, five assists).

One source of offense with Resor gone could be Yale's other player with Olympic experience -- Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany) was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after scoring three points over the weekend (2-1-3). A member of the German Olympic Team, Soesilo is second on the team in points (2-3-5).

Head coach Hilary Witt is also with Team USA for the Four Nations Cup. Witt is an assistant coach for Mark Johnson's U.S. squad. Associate Head Coach Harry Rosenholtz and Assistant Coach Kim Mathias will handle the coaching duties Tuesday night and Saturday at Brown.

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

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