Nov. 15, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale made it through five straight road games at the start of the season with a 3-1-1 record, good enough for second place in the ECAC Hockey standings. Now, the Bulldogs return home to Ingalls Rink for two games that will provide a major test. Conference foes No. 7 Harvard (Friday, 7:00 p.m., free live video on Yale All*Access, live stats on Gametracker) and No. 8 Dartmouth (Saturday, 6:00 p.m., free live video on Yale All*Access, live stats on Gametracker) are a combined 6-0-1 this year.
The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in the country in scoring defense (eight goals in five games, 1,60 per game), a key to their solid start. The goaltending duo of senior Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) and freshman Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been stellar, with both in the top 10 in the country in goals-against average (Zilis is seventh at 1.44 and Snikeris is 10th at 1.63).
Yale's 14 goals have come from eight different players, with the top three goal-scorers coming from three different classes: junior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.), sophomore forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany) and freshman forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) have three each. Ketchum, junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) each have a team-high three assists.
That balanced scoring helped the Bulldogs score seven goals in two games last weekend despite playing without junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.). Resor was with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup in Leksand, Sweden, and won a silver medal.
As usual, Harvard (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) features a star-studded lineup led by junior forward Sarah Vaillancourt, who was third in the country in points per game (30-26-56 in 29 games) last season. Vaillancourt, a member of Team Canada, has one goal and four assists in the team's first two games.
Dartmouth (4-0-1, 2-0-0 ECAC), which plays at Brown Friday night, also has one of the country's top scorers in sophomore forward Jenna Cunningham. Her 13 points (7-6-13) in the first five games place her second in the NCAA in points per game (2.60). Junior forward Maggie Kennedy (2-6-8) is 12th. Sophomore forward Sarah Parsons, a member of Team USA, is coming off a 50-point season (14-36-50) and has five points so far this year.
The start time of the Dartmouth game has been moved to 6:00 p.m. due to the large amount of traffic expected in the New Haven area for the Yale-Harvard football game earlier that day.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity