Bulldogs Get First Win, 2-1 at RPI
Marchin Scores First Career Goal; 39 Saves for Leonoff
TROY, N.Y. – Behind 39 saves from junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff, the Yale women's ice hockey team posted its first win of the season Friday afternoon at Houston Field Hockey, 2-1 over Rensselaer. The Bulldogs got the first career goal from freshman defenseman Taylor Marchin, and freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck scored the game-winner in the second period.
Yale (1-5-1, 1-3-1 ECAC Hockey) got outshot 12-2 in the first period, but Leonoff held the Engineers scoreless and Marchin gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead off assists by freshman forward Phoebe Staenz and junior forward Stephanie Mock.
Rensselaer (3-8-1, 2-3-0 ECAC Hockey) tied the game at 2:39 of the second on a goal by forward Toni Sanders, but Leonoff stopped the other 15 shots she saw in the period. Yip-Chuck scored at the 14:16 mark, assisted by sophomore forwards Janelle Ferrara and Jamie Haddad, to put the Bulldogs up 2-1.
The Engineers put 12 more shots on goal in the third, but Leonoff stopped them all. RPI had its sixth and final power play of the night starting at the 11:35 mark, but the Bulldogs killed that one off -- and they have now gone three straight games without allowing a power play goal. Leonoff made 14 of her saves Friday on the penalty kill. She raised her season save percentage to .927, 13th in the country.
Kelly O'Brien finished with 10 saves for RPI.
Yale visits Union Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity