Bulldogs’ Bid fur Nutmeg Classic Championship Comes Up Short vs. No. 5/6 BC

Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Leonoff Makes 50 Saves in 5-0 Loss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team came face-to-face with one of the hottest teams in the country Saturday night in the championship game of the Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Rink, and ultimately the Bulldogs were not able to overcome No. 5/6 Boston College. With a 5-0 win, the Eagles claimed the Nutmeg Classic title and extended their unbeaten streak to nine games. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff finished with a season-high 50 saves for Yale.

BC (8-3-2, 5-2-1 Hockey East), which has scored three or more goals in every game during its unbeaten streak, took advantage of its first power play to go up 1-0 at 2:54. Forward Alex Carpenter scored after a save by Leonoff.

The Bulldogs could not get their offense going early on after tying their season high with four goals Friday night. Their first good chance came on a rush up the left side by junior forward Paige Decker 10 minutes in that ended when her backhanded pass sailed through the slot untouched. Two minutes later, the Bulldogs got their first shot on goal as BC goalie Corinne Boyles gloved a wrister by freshman forward Jamie Haddad.

BC had a goal waved off with 4:38 left in the first period, as the puck was ruled to have been deflected in by a high stick. Yale (2-10-0, 1-5-0 ECAC Hockey) got a power play at the end of the first, but Leonoff had to stop a short-handed chance by forward Haley Skarupa. Carpenter's attempt to stuff the puck in to an open net went wide after that.

The Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 in the second when forward Taylor Wasylk poked in a loose puck in the crease at 9:48 after a BC shot was blocked. Ninety seconds later, forward Emily Field made it 3-0. Another power play goal, this one by Field, made it 4-0 at 15:46 of the second. The Eagles finished 2-for-3 on the power play.

BC made it 5-0 with 15:25 left on a goal by forward Ashley Motherwell. Boyles finished with 17 saves for the shutout. She also earned the Laurie Belliveau Award as the top goaltender at the Nutmeg Classic, named after former Yale All-American Laurie Belliveau '98. The rest of the all-tournament team included Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock, UConn forward Michela Cava, Carpenter, BC defenseman Blake Bolden and Yale freshman defenseman Kate Martini.

Yale had advanced to the championship game, its seventh appearance in the title game in the tournament's nine-year history, by beating UConn 4-3 in overtime Friday night. BC made it by beating Quinnipiac 3-0. Quinnipiac won the consolation game earlier in the day Saturday, 6-1 over UConn.

Yale next plays again Dec. 7 at Union.

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

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