Win Record Falls, Home Ice Hopes Remain Thanks to 3-0 Win at Vermont
Feb. 19, 2005
Burlington, VT - Yale broke the school record for wins in a season with their 13th Saturday afternoon, a 3-0 victory at Vermont. More importantly, the Bulldogs (13-14-1, 11-7-1 ECACHL) moved themselves into position to claim home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECACHL playoffs for the first time in school history. The win over the Catamounts (5-24-3, 3-14-0), coupled with losses by Brown and Princeton, means that Yale can clinch home ice with a win or tie against the Tigers Wednesday night at Ingalls Rink.
Deena Caplette scored a goal in both the first and second periods to help Yale to a 2-0 lead, but Vermont goalkeeper Kami Cote kept her team in the game with 28 saves. An empty-netter by Sheila Zingler finally put the game away with 59 seconds left. Sarah Love made 13 saves to post the shutout for Yale, the third whitewashing in the last five games for the Bulldogs. Yale has now allowed just two even-strength goals in its last 15 periods.
The win gives Yale 23 points in conference play (they had broken the school record in that category, 16, at the end of January). Brown, Colgate and Princeton all have 19 points. The Tigers have three games remaining, but a win or tie by Yale on Wednesday would eliminate any chance of them catching the Bulldogs. Brown and Colgate both have two games left.
The previous record of 12 wins was set in 1985-86 and equaled last season. The victory also gives head coach Hilary Witt a school-record 34 in her third season at the helm, breaking a tie between her and Tyler Benson.
Tickets for the Princeton game go on sale at Ingalls Rink one hour prior to the game's start time (7:00 p.m.). Yale Students with ID get in free, Adult G.A. is $3, Non-Yale Students (15 & over) $1, Youth (14 & under) get in free and senior citizens (65 & over) get in free.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department