January 16, 2014

No. 6 Clarkson, St. Lawrence at Ingalls This Weekend

Bulldogs Host North Country Foes

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team looks to maintain the momentum of its memorable win at No. 5 Harvard last week as it welcomes two more ECAC Hockey opponents, No. 6 Clarkson (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and St. Lawrence (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.), to Ingalls this weekend.

Yale (6-10-1, 4-5-1 ECAC Hockey) moved into a tie for seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings with the win last Saturday, its first road win vs. Harvard since 1981. The Bulldogs are now just six points away from fourth-place Clarkson in the standings. The top four teams in the conference host teams five through eight in the ECAC Hockey playoffs' best-of-three quarterfinal series.

Yale has already surpassed its win total from a year ago, and has tied last season's goal total (41) with 12 regular season games remaining. The team's leading scorer, freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) (7-10-17) added another milestone to the program's history by earning a spot on the Swiss Olympic Team earlier this month. Staenz also leads Yale in goals, and is tied for the team lead in assists with sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara (Winthrop, Mass.). She is second in the nation in points per game amongst rookies.

Junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montréal, Québec) joined an exclusive club with her 29-save shutout of Harvard. She and June Mendoza '80 are the only goalies in Yale history to have shutout the Crimson. Mendoza did so on Mar. 1, 1980. For the season, Leonoff has a .921 save percentage and a 3.04 goals-against average.

With help from Leonoff, the Yale penalty killing unit has killed off 11 of 13 penalties over the last three games (.846).

Clarkson (16-4-2, 7-2-1 ECAC Hockey), which has won five games in a row and gone 11-2-1 in its last 14, is coming off a sweep of St. Lawrence in which the Golden Knights outscored the Saints 9-0. Goalie Erica Howe, a two-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year, has a .947 save percentage and a 1.01 goals-against average. She leads the nation in goals-against average and shutouts (nine) and has not allowed a goal since the third period of the team's 6-2 win at RIT Dec. 14. Forward Jamie Lee Rattray leads the team in scoring (17-16-33) and is one point away from becoming the team's all-time leading scorer (65-83-148).  

St. Lawrence (6-13-1, 5-4-1 ECAC Hockey), which plays at Brown Friday night, has dropped six games in a row -- but four of those have been to teams currently ranked in the top 10. The Saints beat the Bulldogs 4-1 earlier this season at Appleton Arena, getting 24 saves from Carmen MacDonald. St. Lawrence scored three times in the third period for the win.

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

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