March 7, 2005
New Haven, CT - Yale freshman defenseman Helen Resor was named ECACHL Rookie of the Week after scoring on one of the most significant plays in Yale's 28-year history, helping the Bulldogs advance to the semifinals for the first time ever. Resor's "Shot Heard 'Round the Whale," a backhanded goal after a terrific fake on a penalty shot, electrified the Ingalls Rink crowd and tied the score with just 5:34 to play Friday night against Princeton in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs went on to win the game in overtime and took the series with a win on Saturday.
With the Bulldogs trailing 3-2 and 5:34 left in the game Friday, a delay of game call on Princeton for covering the puck in the crease gave Yale the penalty shot, and Resor - who had scored the game's first goal -- was called upon to take it. She scored, helping to send the game to overtime, where the Bulldogs won 4-3 for their first-ever playoff victory. In Saturday's 4-2 win she had two assists in the third period, including one on the game-winner (by sophomore forward Sheila Zingler). She finished the weekend +3.
The player who scored the game-winner in overtime on Friday, junior forward Deena Caplette, was named to the ECACHL Honor Roll. Caplette backhanded in a rebound to cap the memorable night at Ingalls. She followed that up with two assists Saturday afternoon, one on the first goal and one on the last goal, as the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-2 to advance to the ECACHL semifinals for the first time. Caplette was on the ice for five of Yale's seven non-penalty shot goals on the weekend, finishing with a +3. She also won 28 of 49 faceoffs and extended her point-scoring streak to six games, tied for the longest such streak of the year by a Bulldog.
Also on the honor roll was junior goaltender Sarah Love, who made 63 saves and went 2-0 in net. She stopped 33 on Friday night, including six in overtime, then stopped 30 more on Saturday to finish the weekend with a .926 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average. She allowed only two even-strength goals all weekend and extended her school record for victories to 14.
The Bulldogs are preparing for their first-ever ECACHL semifinal appearance this weekend, as they will take on archrival Harvard at Union's Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. Saturday at 1 p.m. Yale departs for Schenectady Thursday night, practices at Messa Rink Friday afternoon, and will take part in the ECACHL Championship Banquet Friday night. Further details about the championship will be available on yalebulldogs.com throughout the week.