January 24, 2014

Unbeaten Streak at Four After 2-2 OT Tie with Brown

Staenz, Haddad Score for Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games, the team's longest such streak since 2009, with a 2-2 overtime tie against Brown Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The game was played in front of a record-setting crowd of 1,125 people on hand for the team's "White Out for Mandi" in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011).

Yale (6-10-4, 4-5-4 ECAC Hockey) got on the board first with a spectacular goal by freshman forward Phoebe Staenz, who stole the puck at the Brown blue line and skated in before firing in a shot that bounced in and out of the goal at the 7:46 mark.

"Phoebe used her speed," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "That was a great goal. She got in the right spot, beat the D, and had a great finish."

Brown (2-13-5, 1-9-3 ECAC Hockey) evened things up at 7:52 of the second on a power play goal by Catherine LeBoeuf.

Yale senior forward Patricia McGauley generated a Grade-A chance to put the Bulldogs up with 90 seconds left in the period, but her shot wound up just wide of the net.

Yale re-took the lead with another highlight reel goal.  Senior defenseman Aurora Kennedy sent the puck behind the net, where sophomore forward Hanna Åström retrieved it. She then fired a no-look backhand pass into the slot, where sophomore forward Jamie Haddad one-timed it in to give Yale a 2-1 lead at the 9:08 mark.

"That was a great setup," said Flygh. "It was a textbook type of play. Jamie had an open net to shoot at."

The Bulldogs caught a tough break with 2:44 to play in the game, when Brown forward Jessica Hoyle redirected in the game-tying goal off her skate.

That helped send the game to overtime, where both teams had quality chances. Yale junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff denied a pair of shots by Brown defenseman Kelly Micholson early in the period, and Brown's Aubree Moore covered a loose puck after a slap shot by Kennedy momentarily bounced away from her. Leonoff finished with 29 saves, while Moore had 31.

"You've got to give Brown credit," said Flygh. "They did not quit, and they had some opportunities to win it."

Yale had to kill off a penalty with 1:28 remaining, and secured the tie with a successful penalty kill.

"We found a way to kill that penalty off," said Flygh. "We wanted to be aggressive on the kill, take time and space away from them."

With a point in the ECAC Hockey standings, Yale remains in position to make the conference playoffs. The Bulldogs now hold a one-point lead over ninth-place Dartmouth and have a game in hand on the Big Green.

In addition to the breaking the attendance record for a Yale women's ice hockey home game (the previous record was 1,066, set at the first "White Out for Mandi"), the game also raised at least $29,000 for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. Mandi's brother Jaden Schwartz attended the game along with his teammates from the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

Yale and Brown will meet again Saturday afternoon in Providence.

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

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