December 6, 2004

No. 10 Bulldogs Host No. 6 Mercyhurst in Last Games Before Break

The No. 10 Yale women's hockey team hosts No. 6 Mercyhurst in a two-game set Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (12:30 p.m.) at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs (9-3, 7-2 ECACHL) bring a school-record six-game winning streak into the games, the first of which will be broadcast on WYBC 1340 AM. This is Yale's last time on the ice before winter break, and after Wednesday the Bulldogs have only three more regular-season home games left on the schedule.

The six-game streak, which ties the school mark set by the 1985-86 squad, has featured impressive performances on both ends of the ice. Sarah Love was named ECACHL Goalie of the Week after allowing just three goals in 180 minutes of work over Yale's last three games (1.00 GAA). She stopped 39 of 40 shots in the 5-1 win over then-No. 9 Providence on Monday, then 21 of 22 against Cornell on Friday and 23 of 24 against Colgate on Friday. Overall she stopped 83 of 86 shots (.965) to raise her season save percentage to .932 and lower her season goals-against average to 2.01. She owns the school single-season record in both of those categories at .931 and 2.25 respectively.

On offense, the line of Kelsey Johnson, Nicole Symington and Sheila Zingler has been one of the keys to Yale's improved scoring. The trio has totaled 25 points over the last eight games, and Zingler earned ECACHL Player of the Week honors last week after registering two goals (both game-winners) and three assists in three games.

Mercyhurst (8-4-2, 3-0-1 CHA) is led by the line of Stefanie Bourbeau, Stephanie Jones and Teresa Marchese. Marchese leads the team in scoring (6-8-14), with Bourbeau tied for second (5-2-7) and Jones tied for sixth (5-1-6). Marchese has three power play goals, and the Mercyhurst power play (17 for 95 on the year) should provide a tough test for Yale, which has killed off 34 straight. In goal, the Lakers feature preseason CHA Player of the Year Desirae Clark (7-4-2, 1.41, .928), but freshman Laura Hosier got the start in the team's last game, a 4-0 win at New Hampshire.

The Bulldogs, who have never beaten the Lakers (0-4-1), currently sit in first place in the ECACHL and are off to the best start in school history. They made their debut in the USCHO.com national poll on Monday after being among the "others receiving votes" the previous week.

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