Maine Rallies to Beat Yale, 5-4

Maine Rallies to Beat Yale, 5-4

Jan. 1, 2005

Box Score

Orono, Me. - Four different players scored goals as Maine overcame an early two-goal Yale lead to beat the No. 10 Bulldogs 5-4 Saturday afternoon. Special teams played a key role in the game, as two of Yale's scores came while shorthanded but Maine countered with a short-handed goal of its own and added another on the power play. Black Bear goalie Rachel Gettings made 23 saves for the win.

Maine (9-5-2) gave Yale (9-6-0) a quick wake-up call after three weeks off for break, scoring 55 seconds into the game as Bridget Laflamme stole a pass at the blueline and turned it into an unassisted goal. The Bulldogs regrouped behind a short-handed goal from Nicole Symington (assisted by Natalie Babony) at 9:23 of the first, then took the lead in the second. Jenna Spring scored just 30 seconds into the period, assisted by Kristin Savard, and Babony added a short-handed goal off assists from Helen Resor and Deena Caplette six minutes later.

Before the period was over, however, Maine would re-take the lead. An even strength goal by Cheryl White at 8:06 and a power play goal by Tristan Desmet at 13:19 tied the score, and a short-handed goal by Kate Sunstrum at 17:38 put Maine up 4-3.

Shivon Zilis came on in relief of Sarah Love (13 saves) in the third period and allowed one goal (to White) on five shots. Spring, assisted by Deena Caplette and Erin Duggan, pulled Yale within one on a goal with under four minutes left. Yale pulled Zilis with 50 seconds to play for an extra attacker but could not get the tying score.

The Bulldogs travel to No. 6 New Hampshire for a 2:00 game on Sunday.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department