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No. 6 Tigers Top Yale in Ivy Title Showdown, 3-0

No. 6 Tigers Top Yale in Ivy Title Showdown, 3-0

Feb. 25, 2006

Box Score

PRINCETON, N.J. - Two third-period goals by Heather Jackson broke open a 1-0 game as No. 6 Princeton beat Yale 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink, claiming the Ivy League title in the process. Princeton finishes 7-2-1 (15 points) in Ivy games, while Yale finishes second at 5-3-2 (12 points).

In the final game of the regular season, the Bulldogs (11-13-5, 8-8-4 ECACHL) were immediately put on the defensive with two penalties in the first seven minutes. Sarah Love made four saves on the first penalty kill, and Crysti Howser cleared away a dangerous rebound at the end. Howser also had another key play on the second penalty kill, stealing the puck from the Tigers at the blueline and clearing it.

Love came up with a big save to stop Heather Jackson on a breakaway midway through the first, but shortly after that Sonja Novak was able to get one past her for a 1-0 lead at the 10:57 mark.

Princeton goaltender Roxanne Gaudiel had a nice save on a Howser shot during a Yale power play later in the period, and with under four minutes to play she denied a Kristin Savard shot and then watched Sarah Tittman's rebound try trickle just wide of the net.

Love made a pair of key saves at the end of the first, including one on Sarah Butsch during an odd-man rush with 19 seconds left.

The game was delayed briefly near the start of the second period because the scoreboard went out, and after it was fixed it did not get much use. A penalty on Princeton (19-6-4, 15-3-2 ECACHL) halfway through nearly resulted in a short-handed goal when Yale was caught in a line change, but the Bulldogs stopped Jackson and Gaudiel gloved a Sheila Zingler shot at the other end.

Jenna Spring's try for a deflection of a Howser shot went wide with 10 minutes left, and after that neither team could get going on offense. A slap shot from the point by Nina Resor sailed just wide with 2:30 remaining and the Tigers took their 1-0 lead into the third.

The Bulldogs were animated as the third got underway, but a kick save by Gaudiel on a Spring shot 20 seconds in indicated that the Tigers netminder was ready for the challenge. Regan Gilbride made a nice diving play to break up a Princeton odd-man rush, but special teams soon came back to haunt the Bulldogs.

On the first Yale penalty of the period the Bulldogs actually got a great shorthanded chance when Caplette stole the puck deep in the Princeton zone and fed Howser, but Gaudiel stopped that one. She made another nice save at even strength when Zingler left a pass for a trailing Danielle Kozlowski to try a slap shot.

Yale got a power play midway through but could not convert, as Zingler slid a backhander wide of the net.

Shortly after that power play expired another penalty on Yale changed the game. Heather Jackson's power play goal at 10:46 gave Princeton breathing room at 2-0, and two minutes after that Jackson tallied again for a 3-0 lead.

Yale pulled Love late in the game but another penalty on the Bulldogs negated that strategy. Gaudiel made one final save on a Zingler shot to finish off the 20-save shutout.

Love finished with 22 saves.

With the loss and Colgate's win over Union, Yale finishes eighth in the ECACHL standings. The Bulldogs travel to No. 2 St Lawrence, who finished first, for a best-of-three ECACHL quarterfinal series that starts Friday night.

report by Sam Rubin '95 , Yale Sports Publicity