October 23, 2008

Season Opens Saturday at No. 4 New Hampshire

Oct. 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Some teams choose to ease into their season by scheduling a lesser opponent for the opener. Not Yale. The Bulldogs will start 2008-09 facing No. 4 New Hampshire (Saturday, 5:00 p.m., live stats and pay-per-view video on New Hampshire website) at the Whittemore Center, where the Wildcats are 91-9-11 since the start of the 2002-03 season.

Yale enters the 2008-09 season with a veteran roster that includes eight seniors, and all 70 goals from last year are back. Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) has led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of her first three seasons; she's coming off a 10-19-29 campaign and was on USA Hockey's Under-22 team over the summer. The top returning goal scorer is senior forward Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.), the team captain, who lit the lamp a career-high 12 times last year.

Sophomore Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) set the school record for goals-against average (2.18) and had a .921 save percentage while appearing in 16 games as part of a platoon last year. Snikeris, Howser and junior defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.) were all honorable mention All-Ivy League selections last season.

New Hampshire (4-0-2), which plays at BU Thursday, has outscored its first six opponents 20-13. Forward Jenn Wakefield leads the team in scoring (6-4-10), while goalie Kayley Herman has a .906 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average.

Yale will also host McGill in an exhibition game this Sunday at newly renovated Ingalls Rink (1:30 p.m.).

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

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