Nov. 11, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Yale Bulldogs have officially emerged unscathed from their two-game stretch without their leading scorer and their head coach. Senior forward Kristin Savard scored twice to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win at Brown, Yale's second win with sophomore defenseman Helen Resor and head coach Hilary Witt away with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ont.
While Savard's two goals made the difference on the scoreboard, it was another play that she made right at the end of the game -- blocking a shot while Brown was skating with an extra attacker -- that typified the example she sets on the ice.
"That block says it all about Savard," said Associate Head Coach Harry Rosenholtz, who handled the coaching duties along with assistant coach Kim Mathias while Witt was away. "She's a kid who has offensive ability but is also willing to do whatever it takes to win. That's why she's captain."
Shots were even at eight apiece in the first period, but Savard's forehand-to-backhand finish off passes from sophomore forward Kristen Stupay and senior forward Sheila Zingler beat Brown goalie Stacy Silverman for the only goal of the period.
"Kristen Stupay played a very good game offensively," Rosenholtz said. "She moved the puck quickly, made good decisions and forechecked with energy."
Zingler, the hero in Yale's 3-2 win over Providence Wednesday night after scoring the game-winner with 5:32 to play, continued her strong play Saturday.
"Sheila Zingler was probably the most dominant offensive player of the first half of the game," Rosenholtz said. "She created a lot of offensive opportunities for us."
The Bulldogs controlled play in the second period, outshooting the Bears 17-4, but Silverman stood tall. She would finish the night with 32 saves.
Savard finally broke through again at 1:39 of the third, roofing one past the Bears netminder. Brown (0-7-0, 0-5-0 ECAC) picked up a power-play goal from Amanda Asay six minutes later but other than that could not get anything past junior goaltender Shivon Zilis (19 saves).
"Shivon made a couple of acrobatic grabs that go into the spectacular category," Rosenholtz said. "She came up big when she had to."
Yale (4-3-0, 3-2-0 ECAC) also benefited from solid defensive play despite the absence of Resor.
"One of the keys was the way our defense handled the puck," Rosenholtz said. "They made good choices, either skating with the puck or passing. Berit Johnson had an excellent game and joined the rush frequently."
Resor and Witt finished up with a silver medal at the Four Nations Cup, falling to Canada 5-2 in the gold medal game Saturday. They will rejoin the team this week in time for Yale's showdown with No. 5 Dartmouth and No. 8 Harvard next weekend at Ingalls Rink.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity