Leonoff Makes 23 Saves
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two second-period goals from freshman forward Jamie Haddad made the difference Thursday night at Ingalls Rink as the Yale women's ice hockey team topped Brown 3-2. The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 early, but tied the game late in the first period on sophomore forward Stephanie Mock's first goal of the season. Haddad then put Yale up for good with a pair of tallies in the second, including one on a power play. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 23 saves for the win.
Even though there are still six weekends of conference play left, there was a sense of urgency for both teams Thursday night because of where they were in the ECAC Hockey standings. With two points from the win, Yale (3-14-1, 2-8-1 ECAC Hockey) leapfrogged over Brown (3-12-1, 2-9-0 ECAC Hockey), and the Bulldogs now sit just one point behind Princeton for the eighth and final playoff spot. They have also played three fewer conference games than the Tigers, who are off for the next two weekends.
Brown outshot Yale 9-6 in the first, but the Bulldogs came out of it tied. After the Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead on a deflection by forward Alena Polenska at 9:37 during a power play, Yale answered six minutes later. Freshman defenseman Kate Martini got the puck to Mock near the Brown blue line, and Mock carried it into the zone before feeding junior forward Ashley Dunbar for a shot. Brown goalie Aubree Moore was able to make the stop on Dunbar, but Mock stayed with the play and backhanded in the game-tying goal at 15:43.
Haddad rifled one in at the 2:26 mark of the second, assisted by sophomore defenseman Madi Murray, to give Yale the lead 2-1. Shortly after that the Bulldogs got their first power play of the night and used it to give themselves a bigger cushion. Senior forward Danielle Moncion nearly scored on a wraparound, and right after that the Bulldogs broke through. Freshman forward Janelle Ferrara got the puck to junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto, and Tomimoto's shot from the point was deflected in by Haddad.
Leonoff made one of her best saves of the night midway through the second period, sticking aside a shot from Brown forward Sarah Robson after Robson brought it in on a rush from the right side. Brown crept closer on a rebound goal by forward Laurie Jolin with 16:03 to play. Right after that, Moore made a great poke check to deny Yale senior forward Alyssa Zupon a shot. That set up a tense ending to the one-goal game.
With three minutes to play, after icing on Yale gave Brown a faceoff in the Yale end, Leonoff made another huge stop by getting her left leg out to deny Jolin's diving attempt to stuff in a rebound. With 2:17 remaining, the Bears pulled Moore for an extra attacker after winning a faceoff in Yale's zone. Leonoff came up with a big save on defenseman Jennifer Nedow, then denied Jolin again as the game entered its final minute. Amidst heavy pressure from the Bears the Bulldogs got a clear with 10 seconds to play. The final horn sounded just before a backhanded shot from the neutral zone by senior forward Jen Matichuk crossed the goal line in the empty net, keeping the final score as 3-2.
The same two teams meet Saturday in Providence at 7:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity
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