Bulldogs Extend Unbeaten Streak to Five
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's ice hockey team rallied for three goals in the third period Saturday afternoon against Brown at Meehan Auditorium, coming away with a 3-1 win over the Bears. With the win, the Bulldogs are now unbeaten in their last five games, their longest unbeaten streak since another five-gamer from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2007. Yale was a perfect 5-for-5 on penalty kills and junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff finished with 23 saves, holding the Bears scoreless for the final 50:07 to aid the comeback.
Brown (2-14-5, 1-10-3 ECAC Hockey) got a spectacular save early on from goalie Aubree Moore, who turned aside a backhand shot by freshman forward Phoebe Staenz from point-blank range two minutes into the game. The Bears then grabbed a 1-0 lead when forward Brittany Moorehead shoveled in a rebound at the 9:53 mark.
Two penalties on the Bulldogs in the final seven minutes of the first kept Yale on the defensive, and only a great diving save by Leonoff with 4.1 seconds left kept the Bears from taking a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The penalties came fast and furious in the second period, starting with a 5-on-3 for Yale four minutes in. After Moore sticked aside a shot from senior defenseman Aurora Kennedy on that kill, a wrister by sophomore forward Hanna Åström sailed just over the cross bar. With the teams skating 5-on-4, sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara's attempt to redirect a feed from Staenz drifted wide, and the Bears finished off a successful penalty kill.
Yale (7-10-4, 5-5-4 ECAC Hockey) had another power play midway through the second, but after a slap shot from freshman defenseman Taylor Marchin went wide Brown forward Maddie Woo generated a short-handed chance with a steal that led to a 2-on-1. Her pass missed its mark, however, and down at the other end of the ice freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck nearly tied the game with a wrister that sailed past the far post.
There were a total of three penalties -- two on Yale and one on Brown -- in the final six minutes of the second, but neither team was able to take advantage. Yip-Chuck blocked a pair of shots on Yale's first penalty kill, and Leonoff gloved an attempt from the doorstep by Woo on the second. With the teams at even strength, Moore made a blocker save on sophomore forward Jamie Haddad just before time expired at the end of the period.
It wound up being a Yale penalty that enabled the Bulldogs to tie the game in the third, as Ferrara intercepted a pass in the Yale zone on the penalty kill and fed the puck ahead to Yip-Chuck for a breakaway. She waited for Moore to commit before calmly depositing a back-hander that tied the score 1-1 with 13:42 to play.
"That's the type of play we know she's capable of making," said Yale head coach Joakim Flygh. "She's always said she could deliver in pressure situations, and she certainly showed that today."
The Bulldogs took the lead when Staenz sent the puck wide of the net and it bounced off the boards to Kennedy at the point. She sent it to Haddad low in the right circle. Moore had lost her stick but managed to get a piece of Haddad's shot from a tough angle. Still, it trickled over the goal line to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 with 7:41 to play.
"We saw the Brown goalie had lost her stick," said Flygh. "I give kudos to our kids for seeing that and making a play. It's always tough on a goalie when she's missing a piece of equipment."
Yale then put the game out of reach when senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto tucked one just inside the upper right corner of the goal with 1:41 to play. Staenz and Ferrara assisted on the play.
With the win and Friday's 2-2 overtime tie, the Bulldogs finished off their weekend series against Brown with three key points in the ECAC Hockey standings.
"I give Brown a lot of credit," said Flygh. "They worked hard this weekend and really pushed us. We responded, and I give our kids credit for finding a way to win today."
The Bulldogs, who are now tied for sixth and are four points away from the fourth and final ECAC Hockey playoffs home ice position in the standings, visit No. 4 Cornell next Friday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity