January 11, 2013

Saints Spoil Solid Effort by Callahan, 5-1

Senior Netminder Makes 37 Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For more than 40 minutes Friday night at Ingalls Rink, senior goalie Erin Callahan kept the Yale women's ice hockey team in the game against a red-hot St. Lawrence squad. Called upon for her first action of the year with sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff injured, Callahan limited the Saints to just one goal in the first two periods. But Yale's offense could not solve Saints netminder Carmen MacDonald, and four goals in the third period helped St. Lawrence pull away for the 5-1 win. Callahan finished with 37 saves, and freshman forward Janelle Ferrara scored Yale's lone goal.

Callahan, who had played just 6:44 last season, 117:01 the year before that and 20:00 as a freshman, stepped in against a St. Lawrence team that had scored 57 goals in the last 15 games while going 11-3-1 during that stretch. After a sluggish start, St. Lawrence (12-8-1, 7-2-0 ECAC Hockey) began piling on the shots as the first period wore on. Yale, meanwhile, did not get a shot on Saints netminder Carmen MacDonald until 13 minutes had passed and freshman forward Jamie Haddad tried one from long distance.

Right after that St. Lawrence took the lead, with forward Abbey McRae knocking one in that bounced off Callahan's shoulder and fell into the goal behind her.

The Saints kept their offensive momentum going into the second period, aided by a pair of Yale penalties. But despite pouring 17 shots on goal, St. Lawrence could not get another one past Callahan. Yale actually had one of the best scoring chances of the period, but a shot by junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy five minutes in hit the pipe and bounced away. Shortly after that, senior forward Danielle Moncion just missed putting in a rebound of a shot by junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto. And two minutes after that, the Bulldogs controlled the puck in the St. Lawrence end for their longest possession of the night -- and St. Lawrence had one player missing her stick. But MacDonald was able to deny a hard slap shot by freshman defenseman Kate Martini to keep the lead intact.

The Yale penalty killing unit had to go to work twice in the final six minutes of the period, and both times the Bulldogs were up to the task. On the first kill, Callahan came up with a big save to deflect away a shot by forward Kelly Sabatine, then followed that up with a kick save on defenseman Brooke Fernandez. Senior defenseman Jamie Gray completed the clear when, right after a line change, she intercepted a pass in the Yale zone and cleared the puck.

The second penalty kill of the second period, and third of the night, was also successful. After Ferrara and Haddad blocked shots, Callahan ended the period in style by sticking aside a slap shot from Fernandez.

The game then swung dramatically in St. Lawrence's favor with a rough stretch of less than five minutes midway through the third. First, the Saints extended the lead with a low, hard slap shot by Fernandez that eluded Callahan at 6:41. Just 14 seconds later, a penalty on Yale gave the Saints their fourth power play of the evening, and this one ended with a goal. Callahan got a piece of defenseman Mel Desrochers' shot, but it trickled in behind her to make the score 3-0. Three minutes later the Bulldogs turned the puck over to forward Kailee Heidersbach right in front of the net, where she was able to stuff it past Callahan.  

Yale's lone power play of the night resulted in a goal with 3:35 to play, as Ferrara knocked in the rebound of a shot by Martini set up by Tomimoto. St. Lawrence answered with a goal by forward Kayla Sullivan to make the final 5-1. MacDonald finished with 18 saves. Yale won 32 of 52 face-offs.

Yale (2-13-1, 1-6-1 ECAC Hockey) hosts No. 6 Clarkson Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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

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