Nutmeg Classic Starts Friday; Yale Plays Quinnipiac

Nov. 26, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale has little time to celebrate its upset of No. 4 Boston University from Tuesday night. The Bulldogs return to the ice against Quinnipiac in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic Friday night at UConn's Freitas Ice Forum (7:00 p.m.), with the winner to play the winner of the UConn/Wayne State game for the Nutmeg Classic Championship Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Yale Upsets No. 4 BU
No. 4 BU seemed to have everything going in its favor heading into Tuesday night's game against Yale at Ingalls Rink. The Terriers were riding a 10-game unbeaten streak (second-longest in the country), had the No. 7 scoring defense in the nation, and had allowed only two goals total in their last three games. The Bulldogs had not played in 10 days and were looking for an offensive spark -- but they found that spark at the right time. Goals from four different players and 18 saves from sophomore goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) led Yale to the thrilling 4-1 win. Yale got a pair of power play goals -- from freshman forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and senior forward Danielle Kozlowski (Melrose, Mass.) -- along with even-strength tallies from senior forward Kristen Stupay (Ashburn, Va.) and senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.). That tied Yale's season high for goals, and also tied the high for goals allowed by BU this season.

Bulldogs Among National Leaders
Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is eighth in the country in points per game (13 in eight games) and 10th in goals per game (seven in eight games). Sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) is 25th in points per game (10 in eight games). Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) is tied for fourth in points per game among defensemen (eight in eight games), while junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.) is 18th (five in eight games). Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) is tied for 10th in points per game among rookies (eight in eight games).

The Yale-QU Series
Yale is 9-2-3 overall against Quinnipiac, including two meetings in the Nutmeg Classic. The teams tied 2-2 in the first round in 2005, but Quinnipiac advanced by winning the shootout. Yale beat the Bobcats 7-3 in 2006 to claim the tournament championship.

Scouting Quinnipiac
The Bobcats have picked up a couple wins in their first season under head coach Rick Seeley, knocking off Colgate 3-2 on the road and winning 4-2 against Syracuse at home. They are coming off a pair of close losses - 2-0 each - to two of the top teams in ECAC Hockey, Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Forward Janine Duffy leads the team in scoring (4-5-9), while goaltender Nana Holm-Glass has an .866 save percentage and a 4.29 goals-against average.

Bulldogs Busy Before Break
The Bulldogs will play four games in a 10-day span before getting another long break - they will have 26 days off for exams and the holidays before the second half of the season starts Dec. 30.

Resor Invited to USA Hockey Holiday Camp
Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) has been selected to be part of a group of 58 of the nation's top women's ice hockey players that will convene in Blaine, Minn., for USA Hockey's annual Women's Holiday Camp from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31.

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