February 1, 2014

Yale Falls 2-1 at Colgate

Åström Scores Power Play Goal for Bulldogs

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate grabbed an early lead with a 5-on-3 goal Saturday afternoon against the Yale women's ice hockey team at Starr Rink, built the lead with a second-period goal at even strength, then held on for a 2-1 win after the Bulldogs got a 5-on-3 goal from sophomore forward Hanna Åström late in the third.  The loss was Yale's second in a row after having its five-game unbeaten streak snapped Friday night.

After nearly upsetting No. 6 Cornell (falling 6-3 on three third-period goals) Friday night, Yale could not carry any momentum from that game into Saturday. The Bulldogs had the first power play of the day, but came up empty. Colgate goalie Ashlynne Rando made a kick save to deny a shot by freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck, then smothered a shot by Åström.

Yale (7-12-4, 5-7-4 ECAC Hockey) then incurred the next three penalties of the period, and that eventually proved costly. On the first penalty kill the Bulldogs did not allow a shot, but with 2:42 to play in the period Yale found itself facing a 5-on-3 kill for more than 90 seconds. After senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto blocked a shot and a deflection attempt by Colgate forward Taylor Volpe went wide, sophomore forward Jamie Haddad was able to clear the puck and Yale brought in a fresh set of three penalty killers. But defenseman Megan Wickens deked her way past a Yale player in the slot and wristed the puck past a screened junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff at the 18:33 mark. That sent the Raiders into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Colgate (7-19-2, 4-12-0 ECAC Hockey) extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal by defenseman Katie Case at 4:50 of the second. The Bulldogs then had to kill off two more penalties in the period to keep the Raiders within reach. On the first, Leonoff stopped a shot by Case and junior defenseman Madi Murray blocked another shot. On the second, blocks by Murray and Tomimoto kept the Raiders from getting anything through to Leonoff.

Yale finally got a power play of its own in the waning seconds of the second, and that wrapped around to the start of the third. Rando denied a hard slap shot by sophomore defenseman Kate Martini to kill off the remainder of the power play. She then made one of her best saves of the day, coming out to deny junior forward Jackie Raines after a nice feed from sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara on a rush.

Yale got a 5-on-3 of its own, for 97 seconds, with 7:47 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs capitalized immediately, as freshman defenseman Taylor Marchin sent the puck down low and Haddad sent it across to a wide-open Åström to pull Yale within 2-1 at the 12:34 mark.

That was as close as the Bulldogs would get, however. Rando denied a shot by Åström with four minutes to play, and then a long-distance shot by freshman forward Gretchen Tarrant with just over two minutes left. The Raiders called time out after that, and kept the Bulldogs from being able to pull Leonoff for an extra attacker until the final 35 seconds. Shortly after that Colgate cleared its zone and ran off the rest of the clock with the puck on Yale's side of the ice.

Rando finished with 21 saves, while Leonoff made 13. This was Colgate's second win in a row after snapping a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win vs. Brown Friday night.

Yale returns home to host Union at Ingalls Rink Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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

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