22 Saves for Snikeris
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Four different players scored goals and nine different players had points as Princeton beat Yale 4-0 Friday night in the first regular season game at newly renovated Ingalls Rink. The Tigers' Cassie Seguin made 20 saves for the shutout, while Jackee Snikeris had 22 for the Bulldogs.
Princeton (3-1-1, 2-0-1 ECAC Hockey) struck quickly, as Melanie Wallace grabbed a loose puck in front of the net after Snikeris went down to make a save. Wallace had an open shot and buried it for a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the game. The Tigers just missed extending that lead five minutes later when Snikeris made a save on a shot by Julie Johnson and Wallace's rebound attempt hit the post. Two minutes later, though, Corey Stearns got the lead to 2-0 by putting home a pass from Kelly Cooke low in the left circle.
The Bulldogs were outshot 13-5 in the first period but had one of their best chances to get within a goal in the waning moments. Sophomore forward Aleca Hughes grabbed a loose puck in the midst of a scrum in front of the net and was able to get off a quick wrist shot that went just wide with a minute to play.
Yale (0-3-1, 0-3-0 ECAC Hockey) was whistled for its only penalty of the game five minutes into the second period. Senior defenseman Alyssa Clarke ended that successful penalty kill by blocking a shot and clearing the puck as time expired on the Yale penalty.
The Bulldogs went on the power play shortly after that and had two scoring chances, but junior forward Bray Ketchum sent a rebound attempt wide and sophomore forward Aleca Hughes just missed a chance to knock in a crossing pass from freshman forward Danielle Moncion. Later in the period Ketchum had a wrister that hit the post. Princeton then made it 3-0 with 3:30 left in the period on a goal by Heather Landry.
Yale outshot Princeton 9-5 in the third, but the only goal was by Johnson with 4:38 to play. The Bulldogs got a power play with 1:27 left and pulled Snikeris for a two-skater advantage, but could not get any quality shots on Seguin.
Yale hosts Quinnipiac Saturday at 4 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity