Road Stretch Begins
Yale Travels to Brown, Union and RPI
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team faces five straight road games, including three in the next five days. This week the Bulldogs travel to Brown Tuesday, then visit New York's Capital District over the weekend for games at Union and RPI.
Yale (5-14-2, 4-9-1 ECAC Hockey) dropped a pair of close games last weekend at Ingalls Rink, 2-1 to Dartmouth and 5-3 to No. 10 Harvard. It was one of Yale's best weekends in terms of offensive production, as the Bulldogs put 50 shots on goal -- the most they have had in a weekend since Nov. 26-27. They also got a pair of goals on the power play Saturday against Harvard, snapping a string of seven straight games without a power-play goal.
Junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) had three goals over the weekend, moving into the team lead in that category with seven for the season. Senior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) leads in points (6-9-15).
Hughes had one of Yale's power-play goals, and freshman forward Jenna Ciotti (Manotick, Ont.) had the other. Ciotti's goal was assisted by junior forward Lauren Davis (Morrison, Colo.), who earned her first career point on the play.
Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 60 saves over the weekend, and enters this week 10th in the country in save percentage (.932).
Brown (2-16-3, 1-10-3 ECAC Hockey, 11th) and Yale were initially scheduled to meet Jan. 12 at Ingalls, but that game was postponed until Feb. 15 due to inclement weather so Tuesday will be the first time these two teams meet. Yale swept the season series last year, winning 3-0 in New Haven and 3-2 in overtime at Meehan Auditorium on a goal by Ketchum.
The Bears' last win came on Nov. 13. They have gone 0-13-2 since then, losing seven in a row heading into Tuesday night. Five of those have been shutouts. Forward Laurie Jolin leads the team in scoring (8-3-11), while goalie Katie Jamieson has a .915 save percentage. She and Aubree Moore (.901 save percentage) have split the starts each of the last two weekends.
Union (1-24-3, 0-14-2 ECAC Hockey, 12th) hung close with Yale in the teams' first meeting, Nov. 13 in New Haven. The Dutchwomen were within 2-1 late in the third, but a pair of short-handed empty-net goals by the Bulldogs in the final minute (by Ketchum and sophomore defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.)) helped them finish off a 4-1 win. Junior goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) made 24 saves for the win.
The Dutchwomen last won on Oct. 15, and have gone 0-22-3 since. They have lost their last 11, including three straight shutouts, but their most recent loss was a close one -- 1-0 to Colgate. Goalie Kate Gallagher has a .921 save percentage.
RPI (9-12-6, 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, 7th) beat the Bulldogs 4-1 when the two teams met Nov. 12 in New Haven. The Engineers have lost four in a row, including three straight shutouts -- two against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls (No. 2 Cornell and RV Dartmouth).
Forward Taylor Horton leads the Engineers in scoring (9-8-17), followed by forwards Alisa Harrison (5-9-14) and Jordan Smelker (8-6-14), who has scored half of her goals on the power play. Goalie Sonja van der Bliek has a .897 save percentage.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Brown:
Friday, 7 p.m. at Union:
Saturday, 4 p.m. at RPI:
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity