February 8, 2012

Colgate, No. 3 Cornell Visit; Weekend Includes Senior Day and Alumnae Day

Class of 2012 Plays Finals Home Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team pays tribute to the Class of 2012 this weekend at Ingalls Rink, as forward Lauren Davis (Morrison, Colo.), defenseman Heather Grant (Toronto, Ont.), forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) play their final two home games. It is also Alumnae Weekend as Yale hosts Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 3 Cornell Saturday at 4 p.m.  

All four seniors have been regulars this season, with Davis emerging as one of Yale's top centers while Hughes, Yale's captain, leads the team in scoring (3-9-12). Grant has played through multiple injuries this year to maintain her spot as one of the team's most reliable blueliners, and Ladiges is third in ECAC Hockey with 663 saves.

Yale (1-24-0, 1-17-0 ECAC Hockey) came back empty-handed from a trip to the North Country last weekend, but the Bulldogs were within a goal heading into the third period in each game. That is now four times in the last six games that Yale has been within a goal heading into the final period.

The Bulldogs cut back dramatically on their penalties at St. Lawrence and Clarkson -- their two-game total of four was the lowest of any weekend this season, and well below their per-game average heading into the weekend (5.2). The Bulldogs have also gotten better at killing penalties, having successfully killed 11 of their last 13 (.846) on the heels of a stretch right before that where they killed just 14 of 26 (.538).

Saturday also snapped a stretch of four straight games where Yale allowed at least 40 shots on goal; Ladiges made 35 or more saves three times in that span, including 46 vs. No. 10 Dartmouth. She has made 40 or more saves in a game seven times this season.

Freshman forward Lynn Kennedy (Markham, Ont.) and junior forward Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.) scored Yale's goals on the recent road trip. Kennedy has scored all three of her goals this season in conference games, and she has more goals than penalties (three to two). Moncion is now fourth on the team in points (3-4-7), trailing Hughes, sophomore forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) (7-3-10) and freshman forward Stephanie Mock (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-6-8).

Colgate (10-18-1, 5-12-1 ECAC Hockey) enters the weekend in 10th place, one point behind the two teams tied for the eighth and final ECAC Hockey playoff spot (Brown and RPI). The Raiders snapped a seven-game losing streak last weekend with home wins over Union (3-0) and RPI (3-2). Colgate beat Yale 4-0 earlier this season at Starr Rink.

Cornell, which plays at Brown Friday night, enters the weekend with a 21-3-0 overall record and a 16-2-0 mark in ECAC Hockey games. The Big Red has already clinched its third straight Ivy League title, and has a five-point lead over second-place Harvard in the ECAC Hockey standings. Cornell enters the weekend second in the country in scoring offense (4.79 goals per game) and fourth in scoring defense (1.67 goals per game).

Yale women's ice hockey alumnae are invited back onto the Ingalls ice at 1 p.m. before Saturday's game for an alumnae game and family skate. 

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

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