Feb. 18, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 2 St. Lawrence showcased its potent offense Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink, beating Yale 7-1. The Saints, ranked second in the country in goals per game (4.06), got two tallies from Emilie Berlinguette and one each from Alison Domenico, Annie Guay, Sabrina Harbec, Casey Hughes and Marianna Locke. Jessica Moffat made 34 saves. Yale's lone goal came from Sheila Zingler.
The Saints' offensive display put a damper on Senior Day, as Yale saluted its Class of 2006: Deena Caplette, Lisa Jacque and Sarah Love. Love showed flashes of brilliance but in the end could not hold off the Saints attack. She made her first save a minute in, gloving a shot from Berlinguette. A minute later she came up big to deny Locke on a breakaway.
At the other end of the ice, Moffat made a nice save to deny a Kristin Savard -- Zingler connection, but Love responded by stopping Berlinguette and then Domenico on a rebound try.
A penalty on Yale (10-12-5, 7-7-4 ECACHL) led to the game's first turning point. St. Lawrence's power-play unit, second in the country at .228, made the most of the opportunity as Locke knocked the puck past Love at the 8:13 mark. Harbec and Kerri Wallace assisted on the play.
Love negated another 2-on-1 for the Saints later in the period, making a great glove save on a shot by Berlinguette.
Shortly before intermission the Bulldogs were whistled for another costly penalty. Berlinguette's power-play goal at 17:19, assisted by Kate Michael, gave St. Lawrence (26-3-2, 14-2-2 ECACHL) a 2-0 lead.
Yale got a power play of its own with 1:43 left in the period, but Moffat sticked aside one blast from the point by Jenna Spring and kicked away another.
Another St. Lawrence 2-on-1 led to Sabrina Harbec having a clear shot at the net, as she deked Love out of position and deposited her 22nd goal of the season 1:15 into the second period. That was the first even-strength goal Love had allowed in 383:17.
Yale had some of its best offense early in the period but Moffat was up to the task. She stopped a Crysti Howser wrister six minutes in, then snuffed out a chance by Zingler from just outside the crease right after that. After another save on Zingler, Moffat kicked away a shot by Howser to keep Yale off the board despite the busy minute.
The Saints extended the lead to four with another goal at 9:34 as Berlinguette put one past Love unassisted.
Zingler drew a penalty on the Saints shortly after that, giving Yale a chance to get back in the game, but the Saints' penalty kill is second in the nation (.907) just like their power play.
Moffat was shaken up on a scramble in front of the net a minute into the Bulldog power play, but showed she was back by nabbing a blast from Spring as Yale's man advantage drew to a close.
Another penalty on the Saints came just after that power play ended, but Moffat picked up three more saves to deny the Bulldogs.
Love made a great glove save on Berlinguette with two minutes left in the period, but Moffat responded with a similarly nice stop on a Sarah Tittman shot. The second ended with the Saints in control, 4-0, despite Yale having outshot St. Lawrence 16-8 for the period.
Yale came out strong to start the third and scored 1:07 in, as Zingler knocked a feed from Danielle Kozlowski past Moffat on a power play. But the Bulldogs soon had their momentum negated by penalties. Yale killed off one four minutes in, finishing with a Love kick save on Kate Michel, and technically killed off another one four minutes after that. Love kicked aside a shot from Guay, then covered a shot by Abbie Bullard. She then got a piece of another Guay blast to deflect it away from the net, and stopped another just as the penalty expired. But the Saints remained on the offensive, and eight seconds after the penalty ended Tracy Muzerall and Laurie Ross set up Hughes for St. Lawrence's fifth goal.
On a power play, Yale called timeout with 6:13 to play. But Spring's shot was blocked and Howser's attempt to follow it up went just wide. Right after that, Domenico took the puck down to the other end for an unassisted short-handed goal at 14:27.
Guay added another one at 15:06, which ended Love's day. The record-setting netminder received a loud ovation from the Ingalls crowd as she left the ice.
Shivon Zilis came on to stop all six shots she faced.
The Bulldogs had not lost a conference game by more than two goals prior to Saturday's six-goal margin.
Yale honored Caplette, Jacque and Love in a ceremony after the game. The three are part of the winningest class in school history (47 victories) and have won as many games in four years as the team had in the previous 10 years combined.
"The reason this program is going in the direction it's going is because of classes like this," Yale head coach Hilary Witt said. "We've certainly come a long way."
Each senior was presented with flowers as Witt introduced them one-by-one to the gathering in the Schley Room., starting with Jacque.
"When she smiles, we all smile," Witt said of the team captain. "She came here wanting to make this program better. The great thing about her is she is the type of captain that everybody feeds off."
Caplette was next, and Witt reminded her that she needs only seven points to become just the third player in team history with 100 career points.
"It's tough to stop her - forechecking, backchecking, she's everywhere on the ice," Witt said. "Everybody else rises up to what she does."
The ceremony culminated with Love.
"Four years ago I sat here saying it's going to be a great four years because we've got her," Witt said. "Now it's almost over. She's been amazing. She has beaten teams almost single-handedly. When we need her to be her best, she's unbelievable."
Yale travels to Quinnipiac next Friday for a 7 p.m. game in the final weekend of the regular season.
The Bulldogs have clinched a spot in the ECACHL playoffs and will be on the road (opponent to be determined) for a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 3-5. The top four teams in the conference host series that weekend.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity