Dec. 8, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) has been named a finalist for the East squad at the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Competition. The skills challenge will be held April 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the site of the NCAA Frozen Four.
A prototypical power forward at 5'9", Zingler has been a key part of a senior class that has helped Yale win more games in the past three seasons (39) than any other three-year period in school history. With 61 career points (25-36-61), Zingler needs only 13 more points to move into Yale's top 10 in that category. She is also nine goals and five assists shy of the school top 10 in those categories.
One of Yale's most consistent players, Zingler has scored between 17 and 19 points in each of her first three years. She has four goals and three assists so far this season.
The Skills Challenge competition will be held in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
The finalists were pared down from an original list of 181 student-athletes who were nominated by their head coaches. From this list, the selection committee, consisting of NCAA staff members, members of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee, representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, Nike Bauer Hockey and the six Division I men's ice hockey conferences, will select the 32 players that will compete in the event. All college players that will exhaust their eligibility this season were eligible to be nominated.
Goaltender Sarah Love '06 participated in last season's inaugural skills competition, won by the East.
On the men's side, Yale senior defenseman Bill LeClerc (Acton, Mass.) is also a finalist for the East squad.
The schedule of events for "Friday Night at the Frozen Four" will include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 6:00 p.m., the presentation of the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:35 p.m. and the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge at 7:30 p.m. (shown live on ESPNU). The NCAA championship is scheduled for Saturday, April 7.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity