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No. 1 Minnesota Tops Yale 5-1

Aurora Kennedy and Hanna Mandl. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Aurora Kennedy and Hanna Mandl. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Åström Scores for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There were positive signs for the Yale women's ice hockey team Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink vs. No. 1 Minnesota, but ultimately the Golden Gophers had too much firepower. The Bulldogs were four-for-four on the penalty kill and outscored Minnesota 1-0 in the third period thanks in part to 19 saves from freshman goalie Hanna Mandl, but by then the visitors had built up too much of a lead. The Golden Gophers came away with a 5-1 win.

Minnesota (14-1-0, 11-1-0 WCHA) had just seen its record-breaking 62-game winning streak snapped in its last game, and the Golden Gophers made sure they did not start a losing streak by jumping out to an early lead in this one. The Bulldogs were within one for most of the first period, after forward Dani Cameranesi gave Minnesota a 1-0 advantage at the 7:26 mark. But that turned into a 3-0 lead quickly near the end of the period. Forwards Hannah Brandt and Kelly Terry scored in a span of 65 seconds, both on shots from low in the right circle that they tucked just over the glove of Yale junior goalkeeper Jaimie Leonoff. Terry's goal came immediately after Yale's best chance of the period, a shot by junior forward Stephanie Mock that Golden Gopher goalie Amanda Leveille denied with her left leg.

Minnesota had outshot Yale 26-3 in the first, but the Bulldogs turned things around in the second. They outshot the Golden Gophers 13-12 in that frame, but still could not get any past Leveille. At the other end of the ice, goals by defenseman Rachel Ramsey and forward Meghan Lorence (short-handed) extended the visitors' lead to 5-0.

Mandl came on to play the third period in goal for Yale, with Leonoff finishing with 33 saves.

The Bulldogs finally broke through offensively at the 9:16 mark of the third, with sophomore forward Hanna Åström scoring off assists by junior defenseman Madi Murray and freshman forward Phoebe Staenz.

Yale (2-6-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) hosts Minnesota again Sunday at Noon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity