January 3, 2014

Staenz Earns ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month Award

Freshman Scored Four Goals in 5-1 Win at Providence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) packed an entire month's worth of scoring into one game, and for that she was awarded ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for December. The league announced the award on Friday night.

Staenz scored four goals in Yale's only game of the month, a 5-1 win at Providence Dec. 6. That earned her her second straight ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honor, and she was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week.

Staenz scored a pair of goals in the first period, including what turned out to be the game-winning goal at the 11:12 mark. She then scored again in the second period to get the hat trick, the first hat trick by a Yale player since sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.) had one vs. Dartmouth Nov. 2, 2012. She got her fourth goal in the third period. The last recorded instance of a Yale player scoring four goals in a game was Jan. 26, 1982 (Reedie Field '82 vs. Wesleyan). Staenz needed just four shots on goal to accomplish the feat.

Staenz has 14 points (6-8-10) in the seven games since she returned from playing for Team Switzerland at the Smile Japan Bridgestone Blizzak Challenge in Tokyo in early November. She has taken over the team lead in assists and points (7-9-16). With 16 points in 11 games overall, she is first in the nation in goals per game among freshmen and second in the nation in points per game among freshmen.

The monthly awards for ECAC Hockey are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.

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

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