Bulldogs Visit North Country
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale will find out very quickly where it stands in relation to the top of ECAC Hockey this weekend. The Bulldogs' first two conference games are against the two teams ranked highest in the national poll, No. 6 St. Lawrence (Friday, 4 p.m.) and No. 3 Clarkson (Saturday, 2 p.m.).
The Bulldogs opened the regular season last Friday with a 2-2 non-league tie at Providence, then beat McGill 4-2 in an exhibition game. Junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) has been providing the bulk of the offense in the early going. Including the exhibition and the preseason scrimmages vs. Brown and Princeton, Ketchum has five goals in slightly more than 10 periods of hockey over the past two weekends. Sophomore forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) has three goals in that span.
Junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 35 saves in the tie at Providence. Sophomore Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) followed that up with 31 saves against McGill, reinforcing the confidence the Bulldogs have in their goaltending depth.
St. Lawrence (2-2-3, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) was the preseason favorite to win the league in the coaches' poll. The Saints have finished in the top three in the league standings every year since 2000-01 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last season. Forward Vanessa Emond leads the team in scoring with five goals and four assists in the first seven games. Brittony Chartier has a .916 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.
Clarkson (7-1-1, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) knocked off the Saints in the first annual meeting between these two rivals last Tuesday, with UConn transfer forward Dominique Thibault scoring a pair of empty-net goals in the third period to put the game away. She leads the team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists. Lauren Dahm has played every minute in goal and has a .935 save percentage and a 1.32 goals-against average.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity