Jan. 2, 2006
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Goaltender Sarah Love is used to beating opponents with saves - she currently has 2700 for her career, second all-time at Yale. But against BC Monday night she beat the Eagles with an assist, earning a helper on Deena Caplette's dramatic short-handed game-winner with 34.8 seconds left for a 3-2 victory at Conte Forum.
"It's nice to get a win right away [after winter break]," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt, whose squad had not played in 28 days. "We needed this one really badly."
The Bulldogs (4-7-2) fell behind early in what turned out to be a wild game. The Eagles caught Love out of position after she was unable to control a puck behind the net for the first goal of the game. BC's Lindsay Wright and Cristin Stuart worked the puck to Meghan Fardelmann and she was able to knock one in to the open net at the 4:38 mark while Love scrambled to get back.
Yale had a chance to knot the score just over five minutes later when Kristin Savard attempted a pass into the slot but it was deflected by a BC player. The puck came right to an open Jenna Spring, trailing the play, and she tried a wrist shot that BC goalie Alison Quandt (26 saves) was able to smother.
Midway through the period Danielle Kozlowski brought a flurry of BC power play activity in the Yale zone to an end dramatically. She hit the ice and blocked a shot from the point, sending it all the way out past center ice. Love then made a similar diving effort, ranging far out in front of the net to cover up a loose puck after a Yale turnover at center ice gave the Eagles a golden scoring opportunity.
Quandt made another nice save, this one with the glove, when the puck hit off a BC skate just to her right and bounced out to Carry Resor for a slap shot from the point.
The Eagles (6-7-4) had a chance to increase the lead to 2-0 with two minutes left in the period, but missed a rebound chance at an empty net after a diving stop by Love. The score was 1-0 at the first intermission.
Yale let two power play opportunities slip away early in the second. BC won the faceoff on the first one and was able to control the puck for the first 30 seconds. Two Yale shots from the point were then blocked. On the second Bulldog power play the Eagles managed to outnumber Yale in the corner and tie the puck up there for several valuable seconds.
The Bulldogs finally broke through on a Christina Sharun goal at 10:47, as she knocked the puck past Quandt off assists from Lisa Jacque and Ann-Renee Guillemette. That was the first assist of the year for Guillemette.
"She's been playing really well for us," Witt said of Guillemette. "She's getting more confidence shooting the puck, and as a defenseman that's how you get assists. We really need her to do that."
Less than two minutes later Yale struck again. Crysti Howser took the puck from one end of the ice to the other, skating past several defenders on her way behind the net. She looked like she was going to try a wraparound but instead took the puck all the way into the corner before sending it up top to Guillemette. Guillemette quickly worked it over to Nina Resor, whose slap shot was tipped past Quandt by Howser and then Kristin Savard for a 2-1 Yale lead at 12:34.
The Eagles went on a power play with just 2:46 remaining in the period, but Kozlowski denied them once more. She hit the ice to block a shot, sending it all the way out of the zone again.
"She's a natural when it comes to blocking shots," Witt said.
Deena Caplette then drew a checking penalty on Maggie Taverna to end the BC power play, but the Eagles nearly took advantage of the 4-on-4. Colleen Harris got the puck off the faceoff and skated in all alone on Love, who made a nice save to maintain the 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
A Bulldog defensive lapse enabled the Eagles to tie the game 2:09 into the third period. Colleen Harris camped out by herself just outside the crease and had an open shot after Deborah Spillane rifled a pass from the corner to her. Quandt denied a Savard backhander right after that to keep the score tied.
Midway through the period Kozlowski completed a unique sort of hat trick, hitting the ice once again to disrupt BC's offense on the power play and sending the puck out of the zone.
The score remained tied until two penalties against Yale led to the dramatic conclusion. The first whistle against the Bulldogs came with 4:01 to play, and Yale effectively killed that one off. But confusion as Guillemette was leaving the box led to a too many men on the ice penalty with 1:50 to play.
That seemed to give BC a chance to at least send the game to overtime. But Yale continued to control play, and Caplette even got off a nice short-handed attempt that Quandt stopped before the fateful play that ended this one.
From the Yale end, Love's long clearing pass sailed past a group of players at center ice, though Nina Resor was able to get a stick on it. Caplette broke away from the pack and raced all alone towards the loose puck. Quandt dashed out from the goal after it as well, but Caplette beat her to it and controlled it for an easy shot into the open net.
BC then pulled Quandt for a 6-on-4 advantage, but a glove save by Love with 5.1 seconds left ended the last threat. She finished with 16 saves.
Yale returns home Friday to face Princeton at 7 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity