December 4, 2007

Bulldogs Visit Providence Thursday; Game to be Televised

Dec. 4, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's hockey team makes a rare television appearance Thursday night at Providence (7:00 p.m.), as Cox Sports Television (Cox Channel 3) will broadcast the game in its coverage area of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Live statistics will also be available via Gametracker.

After going winless in five straight games at Ingalls Rink, the Bulldogs will look to improve their luck on the road, where they are 3-1-1. Thursday's game may give Yale's power play a chance to get back in a groove. After converting on five of their first 18 opportunities to start the season, the Bulldogs went scoreless on their next 21 power plays. The string was finally broken with junior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.)'s goal Saturday against St. Lawrence during a 5-on-3. Providence averages 14.4 minutes in penalties per game, tied for the fifth-highest total in the country.

Yale (3-5-2, 3-3-1 ECAC) is in need of an offensive outburst. Tittman's tally Saturday is Yale's only goal in the last 153:12, and the team has just six goals in the last six games. The Bulldogs have managed to stay in games thanks in large part to the goaltending tandem of senior Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) and freshman Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.). Those two have combined to stop over 91 percent of the shots they have seen, and Zilis is fourth in the country in save percentage (.941).

Providence (6-6-2, 4-2-1 Hockey East) is among the teams "also receiving votes" in the national polls and has won four in a row, outscoring its opponents 23-5 during that span. Senior defenseman Kathleen Smith leads the team in scoring (6-5-11), while freshman forward Alyse Ruff leads the team in goals with nine. Junior goaltender Danielle Ciarletta has a .900 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average.

The first 20 minutes of the game could be telling. Providence has scored 17 goals in the first period and Yale has scored only three.

Yale is 3-2-1 in the last six games in the series, including a 3-2 win last season in which junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) scored a pair of goals. The Bulldogs' 5-1 win in 2004 ended an eight-game winless streak in the series.