November 13, 2008

Yale Heads Back to Empire State for Colgate, Cornell

Nov. 13, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The ECAC Hockey standings are tightly packed in the early going, and Yale has a chance to separate itself this weekend with its last conference games until Dec. 4. The Bulldogs visit Colgate Friday (7:00 p.m., Live Stats on Colgate's website) and Cornell Saturday (3:00 p.m., Live Stats and Pay-per-view Video on Cornell's website).

The Bulldogs (2-3-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) split the first two weekends of conference play, placing themselves in a tie for fourth in the standings. Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) is tied for fifth in the country in points per game (5-5-10 in five games), and sophomore forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) (4-5-9) is tied for 10th. Howser is also tied for fifth in goals per game and tied with Ketchum and 11 other players for seventh in assists per game. Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) is tied for seventh in points per game (2-3-5) among defensemen and freshman forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) is tied for seventh in points per game (2-4-6) among rookies.

Colgate (6-5-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey, t-7th) is 5-2 at Starr Rink. The Raiders have the No. 3 power play in the country at 30.4 percent, and freshman goalie Kimberly Sass is sixth in the country in save percentage at .949. Senior forward Sam Hunt, a former Team Canada U-22 player, has scored five of her team-high seven goals on the power play. Senior defenseman Kiira Dosdall leads the team in assists with 11.

Cornell (2-2-1, 0-1-1 ECAC Hockey, 11th), which hosts Brown Friday night, is winless in its last three games after opening with a sweep at Vermont in which the Big Red outscored the Catamounts 12-2. Sophomore forward Rebecca Johnston, a member of the Canadian National Team, leads the team in points (2-6-8) despite missing three games while playing in the Four Nations Cup. Junior forward Liz Zorn is tied for the team lead in goals with four, all of which she has scored on the power play. A pair of players, junior Jenny Niesluchowski and sophomore Kayla Strong, have split time in goal. Strong has a .936 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average while Niesluchowski is at .893 and 3.03.

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

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