Bulldogs Aim to Stop One Streak, Start Another
Jan. 28, 2005
Entering the 2004-05 season, Brown (34 games) and Harvard (39) had two of the three longest current winning streaks against Yale among ECACHL teams. The Bulldogs brought one of those skids to an end with a 3-2 win over Harvard last November at Ingalls Rink, but Brown was able to keep its hold over Yale the next night with a 4-1 win. Now, over two months later, the Bulldogs hit the road for the rematches. A win over Brown (10-8-1, 7-5-0 ECACHL, 5th) would be Yale's first since Feb. 10, 1988; a win over No. 6 Harvard (10-6-1, 9-1-0, 2nd) would mark the first time since 1980 that Yale (10-10-0, 8-3-0, 3rd) has won two straight against its archrival.
Before they even hit the ice Friday night at Meehan Auditorium, the Bulldogs should get some good news. They expect to have sophomore defenseman Nina Resor back from an injury she suffered against Mercyhurst Dec. 7. With only six defensemen on the roster, each one is important to the Bulldog effort, but Yale has had a particularly tough time replacing Resor's 5'11" presence. In the 12 games prior to her injury, the Bulldogs were 9-3 and allowed 2.92 goals per game. In the eight games since Resor went down, Yale has gone 1-7 and allowed 3.63 goals per game. Resor's cousin, freshman defenseman Helen Resor, missed the first eight games of the year with an injury of her own, so Friday will be just the fifth game with the pair together. Yale is 4-0 and has outscored opponents 11-4 with both Resors healthy.
Special teams accounted for half of Brown's goals in the earlier meeting between the two teams, so Yale could gain an edge by keeping up its effective penalty kill. At .900, the Bulldogs have the fifth-best percentage in the country in that category. The Bears, however, have the third-best percentage (.904) and held Yale 0-for-10 last time out. That, combined with junior forward Keaton Zucker's two goals, helped the Bears to a 4-1 win. Sophomore forward Sheila Zingler scored Yale's lone goal.
Yale's win over Harvard came despite a 50-31 Crimson edge in shots. Yale junior goaltender Sarah Love earned USCHO/ITECH National Defensive Player of the Week honors for making 48 saves that night for the historic win. Three different players - senior defenseman Erin Duggan, sophomore forward Kelsey Johnson and senior forward Nicole Symington - scored goals for Yale. The Bulldogs kept Crimson senior forward Nicole Corriero off the scoreboard that night, something very few teams have been able to do. She's fourth in the country in points per game (2.53).
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department