Jan. 26, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A busy weekend at Ingalls starts Friday with Yale hosting Colgate (7 p.m.) and continues with a number of events surrounding Saturday's 3 p.m game against Cornell. Dozens of alums will be on hand as the Bulldogs celebrate the 30th anniversary of women's hockey at Yale with a special post-game banquet. Saturday is Employee Day as well, with free admission for Yale employees. It also marks the halfway point of Yale's conference schedule, and a look inside the numbers reveals the Bulldogs are not as far behind last season's record-setting pace as it may appear.
The 2005-06 season has been an illustration of the phrase "timing is everything" for Yale. The perception is that the Bulldogs have fallen off last season's pace, when the team won a school-record 12 conference games. But stacking up the ECACHL games from this year to comparable games from last season (i.e., home vs. Harvard, away at St. Lawrence, substituting Quinnipiac for Vermont, etc.), Yale actually has scored two more goals (22 to 20) and allowed one fewer goal (26 vs. 27) in those games this season. But the way those goals were distributed in 2004-05 gave Yale a 5-4-0 record in those games; this year the Bulldogs are 2-5-2.
To get back on track, the Bulldogs must start by replicating last season's two wins over Colgate and Cornell last year at Ingalls. Yale won both games 2-1, with senior Sarah Love getting 23 saves against the Raiders and 21 against the Big Red. Four different players scored: senior Deena Caplette and juniors Kristin Savard, Christina Sharun and Sheila Zingler.
Just like last season, Yale split on the road against these two teams earlier this year. In the 5-2 win at Cornell, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead, then held on despite two extra-attacker goals by the Big Red in a one-minute span late in the third. Savard's empty-netter with 1:10 remaining put the game out of reach.
Cornell (5-13-0, 1-11-0 ECACHL) already has surpassed last season's victory total (three). Sophomore forward Caeleigh Beerworth leads the team in scoring (5-10-15). Senior Flora Vineberg has seen the majority of time in net, posting an .899 save percentage and a 3.30 goals-against average.
Colgate (9-9-4, 6-4-2 ECACHL) is coming off one of the biggest wins in school history, a 3-0 upset of No. 5 St. Lawrence in which junior Brook Wheeler made 51 saves. Wheeler had 23 saves in the Raiders' 4-2 win over Yale earlier this season in Hamilton. Freshman forward Sam Hunt leads the team in scoring (12-11-23).
To gain free admission Saturday, employees should present their Yale ID at the ticket window. Each employee may bring in one guest free of charge. Tickets are available one hour prior to each game.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity