Howser's Pair in Third Seal 6-0 Win Over Union

Feb. 10, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Crysti Howser had two goals and an assist, and Carry Resor picked up her first collegiate goal, to highlight Yale's 6-0 win over Union Friday night at Ingalls Rink. The shutout was the 11th of Bulldog goalie Sarah Love's career, extending her school record in that category. Yale held a 55-15 shot edge in the game.

After withstanding an early offensive onslaught by the Bulldogs, the Dutchwomen (3-19-1, 0-15-0 ECACHL) and goaltender Alex Zirbel appeared ready to give Yale a frustrating night. Yale (8-10-5, 5-5-4 ECACHL) held a 12-5 edge in shots as the period drew near its end but had not put one past the freshman netminder and was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Within a span of 30 seconds the game's momentum swung squarely in Yale's favor. First, a pass from Deena Caplette set up a blast from the right point by Carlee Ness that was deflected right to a wide open Jenna Spring just outside the crease. With Zirbel out of position, Spring calmly deposited the puck for a 1-0 lead at the 18:34 mark.

The Bulldogs got back on the board quickly. At 19:07, off assists from Kristin Savard and Sheila Zingler, Sarah Tittman snuck one past Zirbel for a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Yale turned up the offensive pressure in the second with an impressive 20 shots, but Zirbel was solid. She denied Lisa Jacque on the doorstep five minutes in and made several more stops before the Bulldogs solved her once again. On the power play, Maggie Westfal sent one on goal from the left point. Kelsey Johnson kept the puck alive for Kristen Stupay to poke it in at 6:58.

Love then quickly reminded the Dutchwomen how tough a comeback would be, gloving a blast from Maeve Kehoe 15 seconds after the Stupay goal to keep Union scoreless. Love would finish with 15 saves and has now stopped 111 of the last 112 shots she has faced.

The Dutchwomen could not mount any threats in the third period, and Howser put the game out of reach. Short-handed at the 7:55 mark, she stickhandled her way through the slot and backhanded one unassisted past Zirbel, much to the delight of a contingent of her and Westfal's soccer teammates in attendance. Ninety seconds later she rifled another one in off a Carlee Ness assist.

After scoring five goals in a four-game stretch in December and January, Howser had scored only one in the last seven games despite getting 40 shots on goal.

"It was good for her to get that first one in a while," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "Hopefully she'll continue to do so, because we're going to need her to put the puck in the net."

Resor capped the scoring at the 17:26 mark off assists from Howser and Jenna Spring.

"We came out slow, Union worked really hard and their goalie was great, but I thought in the third period we played our best hockey," Witt said.

Yale and Union finish the two-game set Saturday at 4:00 at Ingalls.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity

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