No. 7 Boston College Slips Past Yale 1-0 in OT

Genny Ladiges. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Jan. 3, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Forward Danielle Welch's goal at 1:52 of overtime helped No. 7 Boston College avoid an upset bid from Yale, 1-0 at Ingalls Rink Saturday night. The Bulldogs nearly battled the Eagles to a stalemate behind 22 saves from freshman goaltender Genny Ladiges, but BC goalie Molly Schaus turned aside all 32 shots she faced. That included holding Yale scoreless on a pair of 5-on-3s.

The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the first period, outshooting BC (12-4-3, 7-2-1 Hockey East) 12-4. Schaus, who also plays for the U.S. National Team, stopped a shot from sophomore Bray Ketchum with eight minutes to play, then was able to glove the attempt to knock in the rebound by freshman defenseman Heather Grant.

The Bulldogs were killing off their second penalty of the game when their next big scoring chance came. On the forecheck, senior forward Danielle Kozlowski broke up a pass right in front of the BC goal. But Schaus, who had gone out of position trying for the puck herself, was able to get back in position to stop the shot before Kozlowski could get full control of the puck.

A pair of penalties on the Eagles late in the first gave Yale a 5-on-3 for 1:43. Senior defenseman Helen Resor had a slap shot blocked, and Schaus grabbed another shot by Ketchum and forced a faceoff. Resor sent another slap shot just wide as time expired in the period, though Yale still had 39 seconds with the two-man advantage.

The Eagles killed off the remainder of the 5-on-3 at the start of the second, then quickly went on the offensive. Forward Meghan Fardelmann broke up a Yale pass in the neutral zone and chased down the loose puck behind the Yale defense. Ketchum and Resor were able to get back with her, but as Fardelmann was falling to the ice in the left circle she got off a tough backhanded shot. Ladiges was able to stop it and then cover the rebound.

The Bulldogs killed off their third penalty five minutes into the period, and senior forward Maggie Westfal nearly snuck a wrist shot past Schaus 90 seconds later. The teams remained scoreless into the second intermission.

The third period saw Yale get another 5-on-3 with 13 minutes left. The Bulldogs had several quality chances, starting with a slap shot from Resor that went just wide right at the start of the power play. After nearly having one of her shots deflected in by freshman forward Aleca Hughes, Kozlowski generated a trio of shots but sent one high and one wide while another one was blocked. After one BC clear Schaus stopped a Resor wrister, and forward Kelli Stack intercepted a pass and cleared the puck to kill off the last of Yale's advantage.

The Bulldogs had another power play with 10 minutes left, but after a slap shot from Grant sailed wide the Eagles were able to generate a short-handed scoring chance that Ladiges snuffed out. Schaus gloved a wrister from senior forward Crysti Howser off a feed from Hughes with nine minutes left.

Yale outshot BC 11-8 in the third but could not break the deadlock. Neither team had a shot on goal in overtime until Stack skated the puck in along the left boards, cut in to the left circle and fed forward Andrea Green in the slot. Green quickly kept the puck moving across to an open Welch low in the right circle, and she banged it in past Ladiges' stick side.

The goal ended a streak of 158:30 of scoreless hockey for Yale, which included work from both Ladiges and sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris.

This was the last non-conference game for Yale (7-7-0, 3-4-0 ECAC Hockey). The Bulldogs host Dartmouth next Friday at 7:00 p.m. for the start of Alumnae Weekend.

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

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