McGill Takes Exhibition, 3-1

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Jamie Gray. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Gray Scores for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team worked its way back from a month-long break with an exhibition Friday night at Ingalls Rink vs. McGill, falling to the Martlets 3-1 while utilizing all three goaltenders. Senior defenseman Jamie Gray scored the Bulldogs' goal.

McGill, which is ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport rankings, started the scoring just 29 seconds in with a goal by forward Chelsey Saunders. The Martlets momentarily extended their lead seven minutes later, but the goal was ruled to have been kicked in and was disallowed.

Spared the 2-0 deficit, the Bulldogs saw some of their best chances for the game-tying goal come from the freshman forward duo of Janelle Ferrara and Jamie Haddad later in the period. With six minutes to play, Ferrara took a pass from senior forward Danielle Moncion in the left circle and got the puck across to Haddad at the far post, but she was unable to poke it in. In the final minute of the period, that same pair had a 2-on-1 but Haddad's attempt to stuff in a pass from Ferrara was denied by McGill goalie Taylor Salisbury. Yale sophomore netminder Jaimie Leonoff then finished off the period with a glove save on forward Katia Clement-Heydra with seven seconds left.

Senior goaltender Erin Callahan came on to play the second period, and one of her classmates quickly tied the score. Gray's shot three minutes into the second eluded Saunders, assisted by sophomore forward Stephanie Mock and senior forward Natalie Wedell.

The Bulldogs had to kill off their first penalty right after the goal, and a couple clears early on by Moncion helped prevent the Martlets from setting up their power play.

McGill re-took the lead with just 1:37 left in the period with a snipe by forward Leslie Oles that hit inside the net and bounced out immediately, creating momentary confusion. Callahan came right back with a save on forward Kim Ton-That from right in front, but the Martlets took a 2-1 lead into the final period.

Freshman goalie Rachelle Graham came on to play the final period. She was tested immediately and made a nice save with her leg on a shot by the hard-charging Oles.

Junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy, coming off a three-assist game in Yale's last outing before break, generated two great scoring chances early in the third. After her initial shot was saved she stayed with the play and got off another shot that hit the post. The Martlets eventually extended the lead to 3-1 at the 6:23 mark on a goal by Saunders.

Yale's best chance to get back in the game came on a power play with five minutes to play, but Salisbury made two saves on shots by freshman defenseman Kate Martini and another one from Martini went wide.

Salisbury finished with 17 saves. Callahan made 11, while Graham and Leonoff had five each.

Yale returns to action with a game vs. Providence Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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

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