February 15, 2008

Five-Goal Second Powers No. 6 SLU Past Yale, 5-3

Feb. 15, 2008

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CANTON, N.Y. - A five-goal second period, including four goals in a span of four minutes, helped No. 6 St. Lawrence to a 5-3 win over Yale Friday night at Appleton Arena. Freshman forward Bray Ketchum had a pair of goals for the Bulldogs.

The Saints controlled play in the Yale zone for most of the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Bulldogs blocked several shots and got their sticks on enough passes to keep St. Lawrence (22-8-1, 15-3-1 ECAC Hockey, 2nd) from getting much through to senior goaltender Shivon Zilis.

The first whistle of the game came at the 9:21 mark on St. Lawrence, and that enabled Yale to regain momentum offensively. Junior forward Crysti Howser just missed deflecting in a shot from the point by sophomore defenseman Alyssa Clarke, and shortly after that junior forward Sarah Tittman sent the puck on net from low in the right circle. Ketchum was camped out there, and while Saints goalie Meaghan Guckian got her stick on Ketchum's initial attempt the Bulldog kept battling. Ketchum was eventually able to knock the loose puck in for a 1-0 Yale lead at 10:26.

The Saints almost tied it up right after that, but Zilis sticked aside a dangerous wrister from low in the right circle by forward Alison Domenico, then somehow saw a wrister from forward Sabrina Harbec with a Bulldog defenseman right in front of her. Zilis also got her glove on a shot by forward Tara Akstull during an odd-man rush with Domenico charging hard looking for a rebound. The Bulldogs took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

St. Lawrence tied the game up with an extra attacker during a delayed penalty against the Bulldogs at 4:25 of the second, as forward Kirsten Roach knocked in a rebound with Zilis down. Yale responded to that goal within two minutes, as Ketchum got another power play tally after a diving effort by junior forward Maggie Westfal kept the puck in the zone and found Ketchum open in the right circle.

The Bulldogs survived one more penalty kill after that, but the next Saints power play started a deluge. Domenico deflected a pass from defenseman Kerri Wallace high up into the top of the net at 12:06. Ninety seconds later Zilis momentarily had her glove down to cover a rebound but the puck squirted to Roach, who gave the Saints their first lead of the game. A minute later Akstull fooled nearly everyone by starting with the puck behind the net on the right side, heading toward the far corner but pulling up immediately to rifle the puck back to the right circle for forward Marianna Locke to one-time it in.

Two minutes after that the Saints executed a 2-on-1 give and go to perfection, as Harbec passed it to forward Carson Duggan to draw Zilis out of position and then deposited Duggan's pass for a 5-2 lead.

Freshman Jackee Snikeris came on in relief of Zilis (18 saves) for the third and stopped all 10 shots she saw. She got a big assist from sophomore defenseman Alyssa Clarke, who corralled a loose puck behind Snikeris just before it crossed the goalline with eight minutes left to keep the Bulldogs within striking distance.

Yale (9-11-6, 6-9-4 ECAC Hockey, t-8th) did get a goal from junior defenseman Helen Resor, assisted by sophomore forward Mandi Schwartz, with 2:16 to play to make the score 5-3. The Bulldogs pulled Snikeris for an extra attacker after that and kept continuous pressure on St. Lawrence, but they could not pull any closer. Guckian finished with 25 saves.

St. Lawrence was wearing pink jerseys as part of ECAC Hockey's "Pink at the Rink" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The special pink jerseys Yale wore last weekend are being auctioned on-line to raise money for cancer research. The auction ends Monday.

Yale, which is now tied with RPI for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECAC Hockey standings, visits Clarkson Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

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

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