February 8, 2008

Princeton Edges Yale 2-1

Feb. 8, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Annie Greenwood's power-play goal at 7:06 of the third period lifted Princeton past Yale 2-1 Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 27-25, but Princeton goaltender Kristen Young made 26 saves. Yale senior Shivon Zilis made 23, and freshman forward Bray Ketchum accounted for the lone Yale goal.

The Tigers hit the pipe twice in a matter of minutes midway through the first period, and one bounced Yale's way and the other bounced Princeton's. Greenwood's first shot hit off the post and into the corner, but shortly after that she put another one on goal that hit the pipe high on Zilis' glove side and ricocheted in.

Yale (9-10-5, 6-8-3 ECAC Hockey) battled back with a hard-fought goal. After an initial shot by Ketchum Young was unable to control the rebound, and sophomore forward Caroline Murphy put the puck right back on net. With Murphy and a defender barreling into her, Young hit the ice and was unable to control the puck. Eight of the 10 skaters on the ice jammed into the area in front of the crease looking for the biscuit, and junior forward Sarah Tittman kept it alive for Ketchum to slip it past Young at 16:19 to make it 1-1.

The second period saw just 12 total shots on goal as the score remained the same. Zilis had to grab a backhander by Marykate Oakley after she skated through the Yale defense midway through the period. Right after that the Bulldogs got a power play, but Young gloved a wrister by Ketchum to keep the score tied.

Zilis made a glove save on Brittany Salmon after a turnover in the Yale zone with five minutes left in the second as the Bulldogs were being called for a penalty. She then made a big save on Greenwood and sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz finished off the penalty kill with some forechecking that kept the Tigers in their own zone for most of the final seconds. Junior forward Danielle Kozlowski got some applause and some chuckles from the crowd by diving to the ice to block a shot that wound up getting stuck in her pants shortly before the end of the period.

In the third, a nice stick save by Young on a shot by junior forward Maggie Westfal off a feed from Schwartz was followed shortly by the Yale penalty that changed the game. Greenwood had to lunge forward to knock a loose puck past Zilis, who had gotten a piece of the initial shot by Salmon and sent it fluttering in the air in front of the goal.

Three penalties were called in a span of just over a minute midway through the third, including two on the Bulldogs. Yale killed off the Princeton power play that eventually resulted by getting a nice save from Zilis on Sasha Sherry and a blocked shot from Kozlowski.

Sophomore defenseman Berit Johnson carried the puck into the Princeton zone and executed a pair of nice moves to free herself up for a shot with seven minutes to play, but Young got her right leg out to turn that one aside. The last grade-A chance for the Bulldogs was a one-handed attempt by Westfal, who was fighting off a defender, off a nice feed from behind the net. Young got her right leg down to deny that one with five minutes left. Yale pulled Zilis in the final moments, and had a power play for the final 37 seconds, but could not tie the game up.

With the loss the Bulldogs remain in a tie for 7th in the ECAC Hockey standings with Cornell, which lost to Colgate. The top eight teams make the playoffs. RPI tied Dartmouth 1-1 to creep to within a point of the Bulldogs and the Big Red. Princeton improves to 12-8-4 overall, 10-6-1 in ECAC Hockey.

The game marked the start of ECAC Hockey's "Pink at the Rink" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Yale wore specially-designed pink jerseys, which are being auctioned on-line now to raise money for cancer research. The promotion continues Saturday, when the Bulldogs host Quinnipiac at 4:00. Admission is free, and pink t-shirts and rubber bracelets will be on sale with proceeds going to cancer research.

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

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