April 6, 2007
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A memorable night for the Yale women's hockey program came to an end with senior forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) participating in the NCAA's Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Scottrade Center as part of the festivities at the men's ice hockey Frozen Four Friday night.
Zingler, sporting her usual No. 22 on a uniform designed specially for the event, was one of six female skaters picked to represent the East. The event is held in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. The competitions included puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
Zingler's night started with the rapid fire competition, the fourth event, where she squared off against goalie Erika Vanderveer of Ohio State. Each skater had eight shots in a 20-second span. Zingler wound up with four goals, the most by any female skater, and repeatedly beat Vanderveer on her glove side. Her performance helped elevate the East to a 6-6 tie at the time.
Next was accuracy shooting, in which Zingler knocked down two of the four targets set up in the corners of the goal. Only Mercyhurst's Julia Colizza, who got all four, knocked down more among the female competitors. The East had an 8-7 lead after that event.
The sixth and final event of the night, penalty shot, wound up deciding the competition. The West grabbed a 9-8 lead on goals by Minnesota-Duluth's Noemie Marin and Minnesota's Maggie Souba. Vanderveer then shut out Zingler along with Providence's Kristin Gigliotti and St. Lawrence's Crystal Connors, and the West extended its lead to 11-8 on goals by Bemidji State's Kelly Hart and Minnesota State Mankato's Sammy Miller.
During the male part of the competition the East closed to within 11-10 before Alabama-Huntsville's David Nimmo and Michigan's T.J. Hensick gave the West a three-goal lead. Once Lake Superior State goalie Jeff Jakaitis stopped the next shooter for the East that clinched the win for the West. The final score was 13-10.
Zingler is the second Yale women's hockey player to participate in the two year-old event. Goaltender Sarah Love '06 represented the Bulldogs last year.
Zingler set career highs in goals (17), assists (18) and points (35) this year. She surpassed her previous best point total by 16, her previous best goal total by 10 and her previous best assist total by seven. She also tied for the fourth-best single season assist total, fifth-best single season point total and 10th-best single season goal total in Yale history. She ended her career fifth on Yale's career assists list (51), tied for sixth on Yale's career points list (89) and tied for ninth on Yale's career goals list (38).
Yale ended the 2006-07 season with 15 wins, the second-highest total in the program's 30-year history. The senior class leaves with 54 wins, more than any other class in Yale history.
Earlier in the evening, senior forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) was named the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian Award winner. Savard was recognized in a ceremony on the ice prior to the start of the Skills Challenge.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity