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No. 4 Mercyhurst Tops Yale 4-0

Aurora Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Aurora Kennedy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

34 Saves for Leonoff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After giving up three early goals, the Yale women's ice hockey team held No. 4 Mercyhurst -- which entered the weekend second in the country in scoring offense -- scoreless for more than 35 minutes Friday night at Ingalls Rink. But the Bulldogs could not mount a comeback, and an empty-netter at the end gave the Lakers a 4-0 win. Yale still held Mercyhurst below its average of 4.92 goals per game entering the day.

Mercyhurst (10-1-1, 4-0-0 CHA), which now has a six-game winning streak, got a pair of power play goals in the first period from forward Christie Cicero, her eighth and ninth goals of the year. The Lakers' only even-strength goal of the night wound up being the one that forward Gina Buquet scored at 4:30 of the second period. After that Yale shut the Lakers down until the empty-netter by forward Lauren Jones made the final 4-0.

Yale sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff finished with 34 saves, the ninth time in Yale's nine games that she has made 31 or more saves. Mercyhurst's Amanda Makela had 12 saves for the shutout.

This was the first game back for Yale junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy after missing all of last year with an injury. She had not played since Jan. 22, 2011.

The same two teams play again at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ingalls.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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