Raiders Blank Bulldogs 1-0
Snikeris Makes 36 Saves
HAMILTON, N.Y – With a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECAC Hockey standings at stake, the Colgate Raiders battled their way past the Yale women's ice hockey team 1-0 Friday night at Starr Rink. Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris made 35 saves, while the Raiders' Kimberly Sass made 26 for the shutout.
The Raiders held a 15-7 shot advantage in the first period but could not gain an edge on the scoreboard because of Snikeris. She ranged far out of the crease to stuff an open slap shot by defenseman Shannon Doyle six minutes in for one of her bigger saves of the evening. Sass was not tested often in the first, and she was able to stick aside junior forward Lauren Davis' attempt to backhand in the rebound of a shot by sophomore defenseman Jamie Gray.
Snikeris was busy once again in the second period with 15 more saves, including one on forward Jenna Klynstra after a turnover in the neutral zone enabled Klynstra to come in all alone for a shot 10 minutes in. Snikeris did get some help a minute later during a rush by forward Brittany Phillips, as Gray tied up Phillips just enough to get her to force a shot wide. Three minutes after that, junior defenseman Heather Grant managed to reach out her stick just far enough to break up a pass from forward Rachel Walsh to Phillips during a 2-on-1.
Snikeris came up with another huge save with four minutes left in the second period, stopping Phillips after a pass from Klynstra found her wide open low in the left circle. But on the ensuing faceoff, Klynstra set up Phillips for a shot that beat Snikeris to make it 1-0 Raiders at 16:21.
A penalty on the Raiders with 20 seconds left in the second period gave Yale the first power play of the game. But Sass made the save on the only shot the Bulldogs got with the man advantage, a slapper by Grant 30 seconds into the third. Yale had another power play three minutes later, but junior forward Aleca Hughes and senior defenseman Samantha MacLean sent shots wide, and Sass stopped a shot by senior forward Bray Ketchum and was eventually able to cover up the rebound.
The Bulldogs were whistled for their first penalty with 12 minutes left in the game. Hughes started the kill off by backhanding the puck out of the zone, then hustling down the ice and managing to force Sass out of the net to try to chase down the puck. Hughes was even able to try a shot from a tough angle with Sass out of position, but could not get it past her.
Shortly after the kill Hughes got a shot after a turnover in the Colgate zone, but Sass was able to make the save. With 8:29 to play, another whistle on the Bulldogs put Yale back in penalty-killing mode. The Bulldogs were successful, but that penalty -- combined with another one with three minutes to play -- limited Yale's ability to generate any offense.
Yale pulled Snikeris for an extra attacker with less than a minute to play. The closest call was a deflection by freshman forward Jackie Raines that went wide. Grant tried a long-distance shot from her blue line that Sass sticked aside as time expired.
Colgate (10-17-3, 7-10-2 ECAC Hockey) moves into a tie for eighth with St. Lawrence, which lost to Dartmouth 3-2 Friday. Yale (7-15-3, 6-10-2 ECAC Hockey) slips into 10th.
Yale plays at No. 2 Cornell Saturday at 4 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org, Yale Sports Publicity