February 13, 2006

Chance at History Awaits Yale in Providence

Feb. 13, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's sweep of Union last weekend extended the team's unbeaten streak to six games, tying the school record. Looking to break the record, the Bulldogs pay a visit to the last team to beat them -- a team they haven't beaten in 18 years -- Tuesday night.

Brown's 3-1 win over Yale at Ingalls Rink on Jan. 24 left Yale winless in its last 37 outings against the Bears dating back to a 1-0 victory Feb. 10, 1988.

The drought includes 36 losses and one tie. That tie came last season at Meehan Auditorium, as Yale fought back from an early 3-1 deficit on a short-handed goal by senior Deena Caplette (Winnipeg, Man.) and an even-strength goal by junior Christina Sharun (Nanaimo, B.C.).

Caplette had Yale's only goal in the game against Brown earlier this year. She enters the game tied for the team lead in goals (10, tied with junior Jenna Spring (Cranbrook, B.C.)) and points (20, tied with freshman Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.)). She has been a key part of a Yale offense that is averaging 2.83 goals per game, the highest figure for a Bulldog team since the 1987-88 squad averaged 3.00 per game. Yale needs just seven goals in its last seven conference games to break last year's school record for goals in conference play (50).

The Bulldogs (9-10-5, 6-5-4 ECACHL, 7th) have also been clamping down defensively. Yale is allowing just 2.13 goals per game in conference play, well below the school record of 2.44 set two years ago.

Senior goaltender Sarah Love (Bayfield, Ont.) has stopped 111 of the last 112 shots she has faced (.991 save percentage), and has not allowed an even-strength goal in her last 243:18 in net. Her current season goals-against average (2.27) and save percentage (.925) would be second-best for a single season at Yale, trailing her own marks (2.25 and .931) from 2003-04.

Brown (11-9-4, 9-3-3 ECACHL, 4th) is a similarly solid defensive team. The Bears have allowed only 22 goals in 15 conference games. Sophomore goaltender O'Hara Shipe is fourth in the ECACHL in save percentage (.932) and fifth in goals-against average (1.95).

Brown is third overall in combined special teams in conference play (83 for 153, 54.2 percent). Sophomore forward Hayley Moore is fourth in the conference in scoring (16-13-29), including nine points (1-8-9) on the power play.

The game at Brown starts a challenging stretch for the Bulldogs, who have clinched a berth in the ECACHL playoffs but are five points behind the Bears for the fourth and final home-ice spot. Yale hosts No. 8 Clarkson and No. 2 St. Lawrence on Friday and Saturday in its final regular-season home games, then finishes on the road at Quinnipiac and No. 5 Princeton.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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