Jan. 7, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale starts a stretch of 15 straight conference games to end the regular season with two of the toughest teams in ECAC Hockey, No. 8 Dartmouth and Harvard, coming to Ingalls Rink on Alumnae Weekend. The Big Green (Friday, 7:00 p.m., free live video on Yale All*Access, GameTracker) and the Crimson (Saturday, 4:00 p.m., free live video on Yale All*Access, GameTracker) are one-two in the league standings. Yale has won five of its last seven.
The last meeting between these two teams was a 3-3 overtime tie in Hanover in which the Bulldogs rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period behind goals from senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and senior forward Maggie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn.). Sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) made 31 saves, shutting out Dartmouth for the final 36:17 as her team mounted a comeback. Carli Clemis, who made 28 saves in that game, is seventh in the country in save percentage (.936). Forward Jenna Cunningham leads the team in points (7-11-18).
Harvard has gone 3-7-2 since starting the season 3-0-0. The Crimson took a pair of 3-0 wins over Yale last season, with goalie Christina Kessler totaling 43 saves. Only one of Harvard's six goals was scored at even strength, so special teams could be a major factor Saturday. The Crimson is led by Canadian Olympian Sarah Vaillancourt (6-11-17).
Howser Rising on Yale Record Lists
With 12 goals in 14 games this year, senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is eighth in the country in goals per game. Howser is third on Yale's career goals list with 56 and tied for the third-best single season goal total in school history (22 in 2006-07). She is on pace to finish the regular season with 25 goals this year, which would be second only to the 32 goals Maria Dennis '88 scored in 1984-85. Howser played for the U.S. Under-22 Team this past August, scoring a goal in the team's three-game series vs. Canada.
Snikeris On Record-Breaking Pace
Sophomore goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is staking out her place in the Yale record book. She already has the single season record for goals-against average, 2.18, set last year. Her .921 save percentage last year was fourth-best all-time. Her .923 career save percentage is better than the career record established by Sarah Love '06 (.915).
Resor Back from Camp
Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) was part of a group of the nation's top women's ice hockey players in Blaine, Minn., last week for USA Hockey's annual Women's Holiday Camp. Resor, who missed Yale's 2-1 overtime win over Providence while at the camp, is currently tied for the team lead in assists (eight) and tied for third in points (11). Resor played for Team USA at the 2006 Olympics.
Alumnae Weekend Postponed
Due to the poor weather forecast for this weekend, the Yale Women's Hockey Alumnae Weekend festivities have been postponed. They will be re-scheduled for another date this season, which will be announced on yalebulldogs.com once it has been determined.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity