Visit to Dartmouth Tuesday Up Next for Bulldogs

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

Game Re-scheduled to Tuesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team heads to Dartmouth Tuesday to play the game that was originally scheduled for last Saturday but postponed multiple times due to the snowstorm in the Northeast. Yale's game at Harvard scheduled for last Friday has been postponed, and a makeup date has yet to be determined.

Yale (4-17-2, 3-11-2 ECAC Hockey) picked up one point the last weekend the Bulldogs played with a 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac Feb. 2. The Bulldogs got goals from freshman forward Hanna Åström (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) and junior forward Paige Decker (New Preston, Conn.). Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) made 34 saves, the 17th time this season she has made 30 or more saves in a game. She has raised her save percentage eight points since Nov. 24 and currently ranks 11th in the country in that category (.923).

With help from Leonoff, the penalty killing unit continues to excel for Yale. Yale has killed off all 19 penalties in the last five games, with 32 saves from Leonoff in that span coming on the PK.  

With 31 goals for the season, Yale has already equaled its total from a year ago. Three freshmen, forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) (6-6-12), forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) (7-4-11) and defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) (3-8-11) lead the Bulldogs in scoring. No other team in ECAC Hockey has that many freshmen in its top three, and a total of just five freshmen rank in the top three for each of the other teams in the conference combined.

Dartmouth (13-7-4, 8-6-3 ECAC Hockey) came away with a 5-4 overtime win over Yale the last time the two teams met. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Åström and Ferrara, but Dartmouth scored the next four goals. Ferrara then scored a pair in the third period to send the game to overtime, but Big Green defenseman Morgan Illikainen's goal at 3:49 of the extra session gave Dartmouth the win. Forward Reagan Fischer leads the team in scoring (14-11-25), while goalie Lindsay Holdcroft has a .910 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average. Dartmouth averages more penalty minutes per game (10.7) than all but five teams in the country, but the Big Green is fifth nationally in penalty killing (88.2 percent).

 

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

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