Jan. 23, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A crucial stretch of three games in five days for Yale begins on Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink. To get the busy week off to a good start, the Bulldogs must do something they haven't done since the last non-Yale U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, was in the White House.
Yale eked out a 3-3 tie against Brown the last time the two teams met, Jan. 28, 2005, behind junior forward Christina Sharun's game-tying goal with 3:35 remaining and three overtime saves from senior goaltender Sarah Love. Still, the Bulldogs have not beaten the Bears since Feb. 10, 1988. Brown holds a 52-3-1 advantage in the all-time series, with 35 straight wins prior to last season's tie.
Offensively, Brown is led by sophomore forward Hayley Moore. She is 15th in the country in points per game (1.26, 13-11-24). Senior forward Keaton Zucker has added six goals and 10 assists.
The Bears also feature one of the country's top goaltenders, as sophomore O'Hara Shipe is fifth in save percentage (.935) and 11th in goals-against average (1.85). Brown has mixed in two other goalies, sophomore Stacy Silverman and freshman Nicole Stock, as well. The Bears' defense also includes two ECACHL All-Star blueliners in seniors Ashlee Drover and Myria Henhuis.
Brown's solid defense will provide a good test for Yale's developing offense. The Bulldogs have 27 goals in their last eight games after scoring only 18 in their first nine. Linemates Deena Caplette, a senior, and Crysti Howser, a freshman, have accounted for 10 of those tallies. The Yale power play, 13th in the country at 16.3 percent, faces a stiff challenge from Brown's 4th-ranked penalty kill (89.3 percent). Caplette (4) and junior forward Jenna Spring (3) lead Yale in power-play goals.
The opportunity for Yale to pick up six points in five days is particularly important considering that the Bulldogs enter play on Tuesday in ninth place in the ECACHL, with only the top eight teams making the playoffs. Yale faces a quick turnaround to get ready for two opponents this weekend, Colgate on Friday at 7 p.m. and Cornell on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Tickets (Yale students with ID free) are available at Ingalls Rink one hour prior to game time. The game against Brown is scheduled to be broadcast by Brown's website. Live stats will also be available via Gametracker on yalebulldogs.com.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity