November 24, 2013

Leonoff Makes 48 Saves, but Bulldogs Fall 4-1 to No. 1 Minnesota

Ferrara Scores for Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team finished its weekend set at Ingalls Rink against No. 1 Minnesota with a pair of losses, falling 4-1 on Sunday, but there will still positives. On each day, the Bulldogs got better as the game wore on, including holding the Golden Gophers scoreless for the final 36:02 on Sunday. But just like they had done on Saturday, the Golden Gophers scored enough goals early in the game Sunday to come away with the win. Yale junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff made 48 saves, but Minnesota still won 4-1.

After Yale's penalty kill unit killed off all four penalties Saturday, the Golden Gophers' power play unit struck on its first chance Sunday. After Leonoff made a save on a shot by forward Sarah Davis low in the right circle, the Golden Gophers kept the puck in the Yale zone. Defenseman Megan Wolfe eventually batted it past Leonoff, putting Minnesota up 1-0 at the 3:22 mark.

Freshman forward Gretchen Tarrant generated a great scoring chance for Yale with 12 minutes left in the period. She poked a loose puck from the Yale zone into the neutral zone, then chased it down and charged in on goalie Amanda Leveille with a Minnesota defender a stride behind her. Leveille was able to get her leg down to turn aside Tarrant's backhanded attempt.

The Golden Gophers went ahead 2-0 with a goal after a series of saves by Leonoff on shots from right in front of her. Forward Rachel Bona finally put the rebound past Leonoff at the 15:24 mark.

Minnesota (15-1-0, 11-1-0 WCHA) padded its lead when forward Meghan Lorence fed the puck in front to forward Hannah Brandt, who put in her seventh goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the first.

Minnesota's power play unit struck again less than four minutes into the second period, as Lorence scored to put the Golden Gophers up 4-0. But Yale answered less than a minute later with a goal from sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara, assisted by freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck.

Leveille made one of her best saves of the night in the first minute of the third period, when she denied Ferrara's attempt to jam home a rebound of a shot by senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto. Yale wound up outshooting Minnesota 10-7 in the final frame.

The Bulldogs got in one last successful penalty kill in the waning moments of the game, as Leonoff made a nice save on Lorence. This wound up being the sixth time in 10 games this season that she has made 35 or more saves in a game.

Yale (2-7-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) returns to action against UConn at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center for the first round of the Nutmeg Classic Friday at 1:00 p.m.

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

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