November 21, 2007

Bulldogs Host Boston College in Saturday Matinee

Nov. 21, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After seven straight ECAC Hockey games to start the season, Yale plays its first non-conference game of the year Saturday -- and it promises to be a good one. Boston College, which is among the teams "also receiving votes" in the national polls, is coming off an NCAA Frozen Four appearance and a 24-win season. The Eagles visit Ingalls Rink Saturday (2:00 p.m., Yale All*Access free video, WYBC 1340 AM free audio, Gametracker live stats).

Yale (3-3-1, 3-3-1 ECAC) is coming off three straight tough losses. The Bulldogs led Colgate with three seconds remaining in the game, were tied with No. 6 Harvard heading into the third period, and were tied with No. 9 Dartmouth for more than 30 minutes before eventually falling.

The Bulldogs have hurt themselves with penalties during the three-game skid. In Yale's first four games, when the Bulldogs went 3-0-1, they limited opponents to a two-for-21 performance on power plays. In the last three games, opponents are five for 20.

Yale's goaltending continues to be solid, with senior Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) 10th in the country in save percentage (.927). That's 19 points higher than her percentage from last season. Freshman Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is 19th in the country at .917 and has stopped 83 of 89 (.933) shots in her last three appearances.

Snikeris is not the only rookie making major contributions. Forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) leads the team in scoring (3-4-7) and is 11th in the country in points per game among freshmen.

Junior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) leads Yale in goals with four, one away from tying her career high. She also has the squad's best +/- (+4). Junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) leads the team in assists with five and has six points in the last five games.

Boston College (6-3-1, 3-3-0 Hockey East) and the Bulldogs have had some close battles in the past few years. The Eagles have a 3-2-1 edge in the last six meetings, with three of the games having gone to overtime. Last year, two power-play goals helped BC to a 3-1 win despite 30 saves from Zilis.

Meghan Fardelmann (5-4-9) and Deborah Spillane (4-5-9) are tied for the BC team lead in points. Fardelmann played for Team USA at the Four Nations Cup two weeks ago, earning a silver medal with Yale junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.). Goaltender Molly Schaus has a .917 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average.