Nutmeg Classic Title Defense Starts Saturday vs. Niagara
Dec. 23, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After 19 days off for exams and the holidays, Yale returns to the ice at Quinnipiac's TD Banknorth Center looking to defend its Nutmeg Classic championship.
The Bulldogs won the tournament at Ingalls Rink last year by beating UConn 3-0 and Quinnipiac 7-3. Senior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) won the Laurie Belliveau Award as top goaltender, while junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) was MVP. Yale plays Niagara, the first non Connecticut-based team to participate in the tournament, in the first round on Saturday.
Ketchum Catches Up to Tittman
Freshman forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) ended the first half of the season on a high note, scoring a pair of goals in the third period to help Yale tie Brown 2-2. Ketchum enters the second half of the season tied for the team lead in goals (five) with junior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.). Ketchum is second in points (5-5-10) to junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) (2-9-11).
Zilis Among National Leaders
Senior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) ended the first half of the season second in the country in save percentage (.946) and seventh in goals-against average (1.72). Last year she was fifth on Yale's single-season lists with a .908 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average.
Junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) are taking part in USA Hockey's Holiday Camp Dec. 26-Jan. 1 in Lake Placid. Howser and Resor were part of the group of 56 of the country's top players selected for the camp. In addition to providing training for the players, the camp will help coaches evaluate players for upcoming international competitions, including the IIHF Women's World Championship in April.
Yale is 2-5-1 all-time vs. Niagara but has won the last two. That includes a 1-0 win last January in which senior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) made 21 saves. Christina Sharun '07 scored the game's only goal.
Yale is 8-2-2 all-time vs. Quinnipiac, including a 7-0-2 record in the last nine games. The last time the two teams met was in February at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, when junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) scored an extra-attacker goal with 10.5 seconds left to help the Bulldogs to a 2-2 tie.
Yale is 17-9-2 all-time vs. Connecticut. The Huskies had won four in a row in the series prior to the Bulldogs' 3-0 win last December at Ingalls Rink in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic. Senior goaltender Shivon Zilis (Markham, Ont.) made 28 saves for the shutout, and sophomore defenseman Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) scored her first career goal. Sheila Zingler '07 also scored, and junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) helped put the game out of reach with a short-handed goal in the third period to make it 3-0.
Directions to Quinnipiac's TD Banknorth Sports Center
Take exit 10 (Route 40 connector) to Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for ¾ mile and make a left onto Sherman Avenue. The sports center is approx. ¼ mile on the right, across from a hiking/bike trail and its parking lot.
From Rte. 15 (Merritt Parkway)
Take exit 61, Route 10 North (Whitney Avenue). Go for 2.7 miles and turn left onto Sherman Avenue. The sports center is approx. ¼ mile on the right across from a hiking/bike trail and its parking lot.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity