Yale Zings Providence, 3-2

Nov. 8, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Sheila Zingler's goal with 5:32 left in the third period lifted Yale to a 3-2 win over Providence Wednesday night at Ingalls Rink. The goal capped a back-and-forth affair in which Yale took 10 penalties but got tenacious penalty killing and 32 saves from junior goaltender Shivon Zilis. Sophomore forward Crysti Howser scored twice for the Bulldogs.

Zingler's goal came amidst heavy traffic in front of the net and with Providence seemingly having reclaimed momentum by tying the score four minutes earlier.

"As a coach, it's nice to see a player's effort rewarded," said Associate Head Coach Harry Rosenholtz. "That was an effort goal."

The Bulldogs were playing without the team's leading scorer, sophomore defenseman Helen Resor. Resor is with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup tournament through next Saturday (the U.S. beat Finland 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon).

"We asked kids to step up and they did," Rosenholtz said. "There were too many names to mention."

Yale survived a penalty-filled first period with the score tied at one thanks to some tough saves from Zilis and a short-handed goal. Ironically, one of only two Bulldog power plays in the first period led to the Friars' first two golden scoring chances. Two minutes in, a Yale turnover at center ice gave Friars forward Danielle Tangredi a breakaway, but Zilis came out and forced Tangredi to slide the puck wide.

Immediately after that, just as the Yale power play was ending, a long pass off the boards from the Providence zone found Friars forward Brittany Nelson all alone at center ice. This time Zilis made a nice kick save.

The Bulldog penalties began to mount with a Friar 5-on-3 six minutes in. The Bulldogs sent out sophomore forward Danielle Kozlowksi, freshman defenseman Alyssa Clarke and senior forward Christina Sharun to kill that one off.

"Christina Sharun played multiple roles, both on the penalty kill and her regular shift," said Rosenholtz. "Also, her leadership from the bench and her leadership in the lockerroom were something that kept us going."

The Friars (3-5-0, 2-1-0 Hockey East) nearly had another breakaway midway through the period, but sophomore defenseman Maggie Westfal got back and into position to keep forward Cherie Hendrickson from even getting a shot off.

Westfal and Howser were both playing soccer for Yale just four days earlier -- Westfal was named second team All-Ivy in that sport earlier in the day -- but have quickly transitioned to the ice.

"Both of them really contributed," Rosenholtz said. "They're starting to get their `hockey' legs. They've obviously got great talent, and both can be leaders."

Still short-handed, the Bulldogs created a scoring opportunity with some aggressive forechecking by senior forward Jenna Spring. She took control of the puck in the Providence zone and backhanded a pretty pass to Howser open in front of the net. Howser's first goal of the season gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at 11:13.

The Friars remained on the power play, however, and 45 seconds after Howser's goal defenseman Kristin Gigliotti rifled a shot from the point past Zilis' right shoulder. A minute later a turnover gave Friar defenseman Kathleen Smith a golden chance right in front of the net that Zilis denied.

Yale continued to head to the penalty box even as the period drew to a close, and another 5-on-3 for the Friars with 47 seconds left resulted in some more quality scoring chances. But Zilis turned away two more blasts from Gigliotti and also denied forward Sonny Watrous on the doorstep.

"Shivon really found her rhythm in that game," Rosenholtz said. "She came up with some big saves in key moments. When we were short-handed, she had to be the wall, and she was."

Yale started the second period still killing off that 5-on-3, sending out senior defenseman Regan Gilbride, Clarke and Howser to finish that one off. After that the Bulldogs did a better job of keeping themselves out of the box and began generating more offense.

Providence goaltender Jana Bugden made a pad save on freshman forward Denise Soesilo right in front of the net at 6:30, but two minutes later the Bulldogs broke through on a power play. Westfal made a nice play to keep the puck in the Providence zone and sent it into the corner, where freshman forward Mandi Schwartz retrieved it. She gave it to Howser, who walked in on Bugden and potted her second goal of the night at 8:14.

The Bulldogs kept up the offensive pressure as the period wore on. A nice hustle play by Spring on a loose puck in the Providence zone gave Howser a golden chance in front of the net, but Bugden got her left leg out to snuff the shot. As the period came to a close Clarke unleashed a series of hard shots in one sequence but Bugden kept the game 2-1 heading into the second intermission.

The Friars' first power play of the third period was denied by a series of efforts by the Bulldogs. Gilbride intercepted a pass down low that would have been dangerous if it had found a Friar stick. Zilis then made a nice kick save on a Watrous shot, and Howser found a way to clear the puck amidst a pack of Friars. Senior forward Kristin Savard then harassed the Friars into turning the puck over in the neutral zone to end the threat.

"It was Savard's show out there," Rosenholtz said of the Yale captain. "She was the one who inspired us with her quickness and desire."

Yale had a 5-on-3 right after that, but could not convert. A Bulldog penalty then gave Providence another shot on the power play. This time the Friars converted, with Gigliotti sending one past Zilis at 10:24.

After four minutes of back-and-forth hockey Zingler put the Bulldogs up for good, scoring from the slot off assists by sophomore forward Kristen Stupay and Westfal. Bugden had to make another great save with 3:47 left to keep her team within striking distance, but the Friars could not get the equalizer on Zilis.

The Bulldogs (3-3-0, 2-2-0 ECACHL) were also without head coach Hilary Witt, who is an assistant coach with Team USA. Just like the team effort by the players on the ice, Rosenholtz and assistant coach Kim Mathias combined to fill Witt's shoes.

"Kim did an excellent job of guiding the troops," Rosenholtz said. "Her poise helped set the tone."

This was just Yale's fourth win in 29 games against Providence, Mathias' alma mater.

Yale returns to the ice Saturday at Brown. The game will be broadcast on-line as USCHO.com's game of the week with Erin Duggan '05 providing color commentary.

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

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