November 3, 2005

Bulldogs Head West Looking for Wins

Nov. 3, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The first week of women's hockey action in 2005-06 saw over 50 minutes of shutout hockey and a dramatic shootout in one game, an 18-shot period for the Bulldogs in the next, and an appearance by four Bulldogs in the Team USA vs. ECACHL All-Stars exhibition game Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink. Unfortunately for Yale it did not feature a win. The Bulldogs travel to New York this weekend looking to take care of that with ECACHL matchups at Cornell and Colgate.

Friday night Yale (0-1-1) visits Cornell. The Big Red gave the Bulldogs a battle in New Haven last season, with goalie Flora Vineberg registering 30 saves. A goal by junior forward Kristin Savard with just 4:36 left in the game gave Yale a 2-1 win. The next meeting between the two teams, at Lynah Rink last February, was 1-0 Yale heading into the third period before the Bulldogs broke the game open with goals from junior forward Jenna Spring and sophomore defenseman Helen Resor. Sophomore goaltender Shivon Zilis made 22 saves for the shutout.

Friday night's game will be the Big Red's first regular-season game, marking a big change for the Bulldogs. Last weekend, Yale made its regular-season debut against Quinnipiac, a team that already had five games under its belt, and then played UConn in the Huskies' fourth game.

Colgate has had plenty of game experience already this season, entering the weekend with a 1-3-2 mark. The Raiders feature three of the league's top offensive weapons in junior defenseman Tara French (1-6-7) and senior forward Alison Paiano (3-1-4) and senior forward Becky Irvine (0-3-3), all of whom were on the All-Star team Tuesday night.

The Raiders and Bulldogs split last season's two meetings, with Yale winning 2-1 in New Haven on goals by senior forward Deena Caplette and junior forward Sheila Zingler. The Raiders took the rematch 4-1.

Both games will be available live on GameTracker on yalebulldogs.com. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Friday at Cornell and 4 p.m. Saturday at Colgate.

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

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