Mock Scores Lone Yale Goal
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Yale women's ice hockey team was within 13 minutes of a crucial win in the race for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot Friday night at Princeton. But in a season full of close calls, the Bulldogs saw another game slip through their grasp. The Tigers got two goals in a span of less than four minutes midway through the third period, then put the game away with an empty netter for a 3-1 win.
Yale (4-17-1, 3-11-1 ECAC Hockey) entered the day with an edge for the eighth and final ECAC Hockey playoff spot, as the Bulldogs were tied for eighth with Colgate but had a tiebreaker advantage on the Raiders. Princeton (8-12-2, 3-10-2 ECAC Hockey) and Brown were just a point behind the Bulldogs, though, adding extra incentive for both teams at Baker Rink.
The game was a duel between Yale sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff and Princeton's Kimberly Newell for most of the first two periods. The Bulldogs finally went ahead 1-0 on a goal by sophomore forward Stephanie Mock, assisted by junior forward Patricia McGauley, just 64 seconds before the second intermission.
Leonoff had stopped all 14 Princeton shots through the first two periods; the Tigers wound up getting that same amount in the third period alone, including the game-tying goal by forward Denna Laing at 7:07 and the go-ahead goal by forward Cristin Shanahan, her first career goal, at 10:53.
Yale was unable to take advantage of a power play shortly after Shanahan's goal, finishing 0-for-4 on the man advantage. Forward Sally Butler put the game out of reach with an empty net goal at 18:48.
Leonoff finished with 25 saves, while Newell made 28. Yale killed off all five of its penalties successfully, and the Bulldogs have killed off all 16 penalties over the last four games.
In addition to Friday night's loss where an empty-netter made the final margin two, Yale has four other losses in conference play that were by just one goal. The loss drops Yale into a tie for ninth with Colgate, one point behind the Tigers.
Yale plays at Quinnipiac Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity