Yale Plays Last Games Before Break at No. 6/7 Mercyhurst

Nov. 30, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's new-look offense, which broke out for nine goals against Niagara last Saturday, faces a major challenge this weekend in the last games before winter break. The Bulldogs head to Erie, Pa., for a two-game set at No. 6/7 Mercyhurst (Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.). The Lakers are eleventh in the country in scoring defense (2.07 goals per game) and ninth in the country on the penalty kill (.873). They are also 4-1-1 in their last six games and limited Yale to only one goal when the two teams met for a pair at Ingalls Rink last year. Live stats will be available for both games, and Sunday's game will be broadcast on both radio and television.

The Lakers (7-6-1) jumped from seventh to sixth in the latest USCHO.com poll after splitting a pair of games at Princeton last weekend. They remained at No. 7 in the USA Today/American Hockey poll. They have made things tough on some of the top teams in the country when playing at the Mercyhurst Ice Center, with one-goal losses to No. 5 Minnesota (1-0 Oct. 21) and No. 1 St. Lawrence (3-2 Oct. 29). Mercyhurst leads the all-time series with Yale 6-0-1, outscoring the Bulldogs 22-8.

Junior forward Jenna Spring had Yale's lone goal in the two games between these two teams last year, which Mercyhurst won 4-1 and 4-0. Senior goaltender Sarah Love had 47 saves on 55 shots, while sophomore goaltender Shivon Zilis stopped all five shots see saw in relief of Love.

The Bulldogs' revamped lines have spread Yale's top three scorers out over three lines (senior forward Deena Caplette (5-4-9), junior forward Sheila Zingler (3-6-9) and junior forward Kristin Savard (5-3-8)). Mercyhurst's top scorer is freshman forward Valerie Chouinard (10-11-21). Sophomore goaltender Laura Hosier has a .911 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average.

After winter break, Yale travels to Boston College on Jan. 2.

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

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