July 18, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The return of players who were away to compete in the Olympics last year figures to make the 2006-07 women's hockey season particularly intriguing. With sophomore Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) of Team USA and freshman Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany) of Team Germany on the roster, Yale will be one of three ECAC Hockey League teams featuring players with Olympic experience. The Bulldogs' schedule for 2006-07 is a tough one, featuring 10 games against teams that were nationally ranked at the end of last season and seven against teams that played in the NCAA tournament.
Ingalls will be busy next year, as 16 of Yale's 29 regular season games are slated for the Whale. The Bulldogs will also host a pre-season scrimmage and an exhibition game there. After facing Princeton in a scrimmage on Oct. 14 the Bulldogs open the regular season at Boston College, ranked No. 9 last year, on Oct. 21. Yale then hosts an exhibition game against McGill on Oct. 22 before starting ECAC Hockey League play at Colgate on Oct. 27.
The non-league portion of Yale's schedule once again includes the Nutmeg Classic, featuring three Connecticut women's hockey teams - Quinnipiac, UConn and Yale. The Bulldogs host the Bobcats on Dec. 29 and the Huskies on Dec. 31.
Yale's regular season ends on Feb. 17 at Dartmouth. The ECAC Hockey League quarterfinals take place Feb. 23-25 at campus sites, hosted by the top four teams. The semifinals and championship take place at the home of the top remaining seed Mar. 3 and 5. The Bulldogs have made five straight playoff appearances.
Eight teams make the NCAA tournament, with quarterfinals set for Mar. 10 at campus sites and the Frozen Four set for Mar. 16 and 18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Here is a look at all of Yale's 2006-07 opponents:
- BC (Chestnut Hill, Mass., Oct. 21)
Eagles went 14-4 after 3-2 loss to Bulldogs last January, ended season ranked No. 9
- UConn (Ingalls Rink, Dec. 29)
Huskies and Bulldogs meet as part of Nutmeg Classic
- Mercyhurst (Ingalls Rink, Jan. 26)
Lakers ended season ranked No. 6 in country; made NCAA tournament appearance
- Niagara (Ingalls Rink, Jan. 27)
Bulldogs won last year's neutral site game in Providence 9-1
- Northeastern (Ingalls Rink, Nov. 25)
Bulldogs beat Huskies, 3-0, for first time last year (had been 0-19)
- Providence (Ingalls Rink, Nov. 8)
Home team is 5-0-2 in the last seven games in this series
ECAC Hockey League opponents
- Brown (Providence, R.I., Nov. 11; Ingalls Rink Jan. 23)
Bears advanced to ECAC championship game; finished season ranked No. 10
- Clarkson (Potsdam, N.Y., Dec. 1; Ingalls Rink Jan. 13)
Golden Knights were fourth in the country in scoring defense (1.41 goals per game)
- Colgate (Hamilton, N.Y., Oct. 27; Ingalls Rink Jan. 20)
Raiders finished one point ahead of Bulldogs in ECAC Hockey League standings last year
- Cornell (Ithaca, N.Y., Oct. 28; Ingalls Rink Jan. 19)
Big Red's nine wins last year tripled total from previous season
- Dartmouth (Ingalls Rink Nov. 17; Hanover, N.H., Feb. 17)
Big Green adds three players from Team Canada (Gillian Apps, Cherie Piper and Katie Weatherston) and one from Team USA (Sarah Parsons)
- Harvard (Ingalls Rink Nov. 18; Cambridge, Mass. Feb. 16)
Two members of Team USA (Caitlin Cahow, Julie Chu) return to Crimson along with Team Canada's Sarah Vaillancourt
- Princeton (Ingalls Rink Nov. 5; Princeton, N.J., Feb. 3)
Tigers beat Yale 3-0 in regular season finale last year to win Ivy League title; made NCAA tournament appearance and were ranked No. 7
- Quinnipiac (Ingalls Rink Nov. 4; Ingalls Rink Dec. 31 (Nutmeg Classic); Hamden, Conn., Feb. 2)
Local rivals' three meetings include non-league game as part of Nutmeg Classic on New Year's Eve
- RPI (Troy, N.Y., Jan. 7; Ingalls Rink Feb. 9)
Engineers make debut in ECAC Hockey League
- St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y., Dec. 2; Ingalls Rink Jan. 12)
Saints advanced to NCAA semifinals last year, finished No. 4 in poll
- Union (Schenectady, N.Y., Jan. 6; Ingalls Rink Feb. 10)
Dutchwomen look to improve on three-win campaign
Yale returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last year's team, which set the school record for goals in conference play (51). The senior class needs 10 wins to become the winningest class in Yale history.
Fans will be able to follow all home games and select road games live via GameTracker. Audio broadcasts of select games may also be available; further information will be released when available.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity