November 16, 2006

Nine Olympians Involved as No. 6 Dartmouth, No. 8 Harvard Visit Ingalls Rink

Nov. 16, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nine players who participated in the most recent Olympics will play at Ingalls Rink this weekend as Yale hosts No. 6 Dartmouth (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and No. 8 Harvard (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.). The Bulldogs will look for two ECAC wins behind their two Olympians -- sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany) -- while taking on a Dartmouth squad that features four Olympians and a Harvard squad with three. During the Harvard game the Yale Athletics Department will test live video streaming from Ingalls Rink on yalebulldogs.com. Fans will be able to access this video stream for free (click here for details).

Dartmouth (5-3-0, 5-1-0 ECAC) has forwards Gillian Apps, Cherie Piper and Katie Weatherston from Team Canada and forward Sarah Parsons from Team USA. Parsons is tied for seventh in the ECAC in scoring (6-6-12), the only freshman in the top 12. She and Resor were the two youngest players on Team USA. They both played at Noble & Greenough School, where Resor's uncle Tom (father of Yale senior defenseman Nina Resor (Westwood, Mass.) and sophomore defenseman Carry Resor (Westwood, Mass.)) is the head coach.

The Big Green also benefits from the offensive touch of Julia Bronson, who leads all ECAC defenseman in scoring (0-10-10). Goaltender Carli Clemis is second in the ECAC in save percentage (.923) and goals-against average (1.73).

Harvard (5-1-0, 5-1-0 ECAC) features defenseman Caitlin Cahow of Team USA, forward Julie Chu of Team USA and forward Sarah Vaillancourt of Team Canada. Chu is second in the conference in scoring (4-11-15) while Vaillancourt is third (8-6-14).

Crimson goaltender Brittany Martin leads the ECAC in save percentage (.939) and goals-against average. Harvard leads the country in scoring offense (5.67 goals per game) and is tied for third in scoring defense (1.50 goals per game).

Olympians at Ingalls Rink this Weekend:

Team USA (4)
Caitlin Cahow (Harvard)
Julie Chu (Harvard)
Sarah Parsons (Dartmouth)
Helen Resor (Yale)

Team Canada (4)
Gillian Apps (Dartmouth)
Cherie Piper (Dartmouth)
Sarah Vaillancourt (Harvard)
Katie Weatherston (Dartmouth)

Team Germany (1)
Denise Soesilo (Yale)

Yale (4-3, 3-2 ECAC) has won four of its last five games. Resor (1-5-6) and Soesilo (2-3-5) are Yale's top scorers.

Resor made history last December when she became the first Yale player to make an Olympic team roster. She had two assists and tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the team (+10) during the Olympics, helping the U.S. to a bronze medal. Canada won gold while Soesilo helped Germany to its highest finish ever, fifth.

Junior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) faces a major test in trying to contain the Big Green and Crimson offenses, but she has been playing some of her best hockey lately. She did not allow an even-strength goal in last week's wins over Providence and Brown, and has allowed only two even-strength goals in her last five games. Zilis is third in the ECAC in save percentage (.922) and fourth in goals-against average (2.24).

Many of the same Olympians that will be in action at Ingalls this weekend just participated in the Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ont., last week. Apps (1-2-3), Piper (1-2-3) and Vaillancourt (2-1-3) all won gold medals with Team Canada. Cahow (0-0-0), Chu (0-1-1) and Resor (0-1-1) earned silver medals with Team USA. Yale also was represented by head coach Hilary Witt, who was an assistant coach on Mark's Johnson's Team USA staff.

The game against Harvard marks the first time that live video streaming from Ingalls Rink has been attempted on yalebulldogs.com.

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

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