January 19, 2012

Three Road Games in Five Days for Bulldogs

Trips to RPI, Union and Brown

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three of the four teams directly ahead of the Bulldogs in the ECAC Hockey standings await them in the next five days, as the Yale women's ice hockey team plays at RPI, Union and Brown. The visit to New York's Capital District this weekend will be followed on Tuesday by the short trip to Rhode Island.

Yale (1-17-0, 1-10-0 ECAC Hockey) will look to replicate its success earlier in the season against Union, as the Bulldogs beat the Dutchwomen 3-2 in overtime on a goal by sophomore forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.). Raines had a share of the team lead in points (5-2-7) before missing the last two games with an injury, during which time senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) picked up a goal and two assists to take sole possession of the scoring lead (3-7-10).

Senior goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) made 29 saves in the win over Union, and 47 the next night in a losing effort against RPI. She has made 30 or more saves in four of her last five outings, including a combined 85 last weekend against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

RPI (5-15-4, 2-8-2 ECAC Hockey) beat Yale 5-0 the last time the two teams met, but other than that the Engineers have struggled. After starting the season 2-0-2 they have won just three of their past 20 games, losing 15 and tying two. Forward Jordan Smelker has been a bright spot, with a team-best 12 assists and 19 points. Kelly O'Brien (.891 save percentage, 2.91 goals-against average) and Brianna Piper (.876, 3.07) have split time in net.

RPI will be raising money for the Be The Match Foundation through its "Chuck-a-Puck" promotion at the game on Friday night. That is the same organization that Yale has partnered with each of the last three springs for the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, an effort to find potential marrow donors in memory of forward Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her battle with cancer.

Union (3-18-3, 1-10-1 ECAC Hockey) suffered through a seven-game losing streak starting with the loss to Yale, and since snapping that skid with a 2-2 overtime tie against Maine the Dutchwomen have gone 0-4-1. But they did play a pair of close games with two of the top teams in ECAC Hockey last weekend, losing 2-0 at Harvard and 3-2 at Dartmouth. Kate Gallagher's 67 total saves helped keep both games within reach.

Brown (5-7-6, 2-6-3 ECAC Hockey) beat the Bulldogs 4-1 at Ingalls Rink three weeks ago, led by a pair of goals from forward Janice Yang. The Bears have gone 0-2-1 since, scoring just three goals. Katelyn Landry (7-7-14) leads the team in points, while Katie Jamieson (.929, 2.38) and Aubree Moore (.941, 1.91) anchor the defense.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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