Dec. 4, 2004
New Haven, CT - Deena Caplette and Sheila Zingler scored goals as Yale beat Colgate 2-1 at Ingalls Rink Saturday afternoon. The win was Yale's sixth in a row, tying a school record that was set during the 1985-86 season. It also moves Yale (9-3, 7-2 ECACHL) into sole possession of first place in the ECACHL, marking the first time in school history the Bulldogs have lead the conference this late in the season.
"I thought we came out of the gate fast," Witt said. "I think they realized after yesterday that they can't [let up]. When we work hard, things go well."
The Raiders (6-8-1, 1-4-1 ECACHL) claimed some momentum by killing off back-to-back penalties midway through the second that gave Yale nearly four straight minutes of skating with a man advantage. But Zingler's wrist shot from the slot at 15:21 beat Raider goalie Brook Wheeler (29 saves) to give the Bulldogs some breathing room. Zingler now has five points in her last three games, and her line (with Kelsey Johnson and Nicole Symington) has totaled 12 points over that span.
The Bulldogs entered the game having been involved in five one-goal games (winning four of them), so it was familiar territory when the Raiders closed to within 2-1 on a short-handed goal with 16:19 left in the game. The way the goal was scored -- a pass from the Raiders' Becky Irvine ricocheted off a Yale skate and trickled past Love -- was frustrating, but the Bulldogs did not let it get to them. Love made 12 of her 23 saves in the final period and lowered her goals-against average to 2.01 while upping her save percentage to .932.
The two points for the win gave Yale sole possession of first place in the ECACHL with 14 points, just ahead of Dartmouth and Harvard's 12 points (the Big Green were off Saturday, while Harvard had a non-conference game). To put Yale's seven conference wins in nine games in perspective, last season the Bulldogs set the school record with eight conference wins for the whole season (18 conference games), and the previous high was five.
Still, Witt was matter-of-fact when asked whether she paid attention to the Bulldogs' place in the standings.
"I don't," the third-year Yale coach said. "We just have to pay attention to one game at a time."
The Bulldogs, who were among the "others receiving votes" in both of the most recent national polls, return to action Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., hosting No. 7 Mercyhurst in the first game of a two-game set that concludes Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ingalls Rink one hour prior to the game (cash only: Yale students with ID free, adult G.A. $3, non-Yale students 15 & over $1, youth 14 & under free, senior citizens 65 & over free).
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department