W. HOCKEY | Elis get two to win

Building on an undefeated weekend home stand — albeit one that saw its playoff chances vanish — the women’s hockey team took its momentum on the road and triumphed over Brown on Tuesday night.

In their last away game of the season, the Bulldogs (11–15–1, 7–12–1 ECAC) traveled to Providence, R.I., and defeated the Bears (6–20–1, 5–15) in a 2-0 victory.

Aleca Hughes ’12, who had five shots against Brown on Tuesday, takes on RPI last Friday. Hughes has scored seven goals so far this season.
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Aleca Hughes ’12, who had five shots against Brown on Tuesday, takes on RPI last Friday. Hughes has scored seven goals so far this season.

“We were just trying to carry the momentum,” captain and forward Sarah Tittman ’09. “The season hasn’t really panned out the way that we wanted ,but we definitely want to end it on a high note.”

This weekend, the Bulldogs tied Rensselaer 1–1 on Friday night before defeating Union 4–0 on Saturday. But the three conference points the Elis earned were not enough to keep them mathematically in the race for the eighth and final ECAC playoff spot.

Going into Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs had dropped five of their last six matches away from Ingalls Rink. But goals by forwards Maggie Westfal ’09 and Caroline Murphy ’10 helped the Elis end their road drought.

Yale’s first goal came midway through the first period. Defender Helen Resor ’09 had the puck at the top of the Bears’ territory and hit a hard shot on goal. The puck hit off of Westfal’s hand, and she gathered the deflection to put it past Brown goalie Nicole Stock for the first goal of the game, giving the Bulldogs a lead they did not relinquish.

The Elis controlled the puck for the majority of the game — by the final whistle the Bulldogs had outshot their opponent 35 to 21.

But even though Yale outshot Brown, the score was still close in the final minutes of the game. With less than two minutes to play, the Bears pulled Stock from the net to have an extra player on offense.

But the Elis held their ground and eventually seized an opportunity to put the nail in the coffin. After the Bulldogs finally gained possession of the puck, Murphy came away with it and fought hard to get into open ice. With a player at her heels, she finally broke free and put the puck into an empty net at 19:27, ending the Bears’ chance to send the game into overtime.

Murphy seemed to have Brown’s number: In the Bulldogs’ last game against the Bears on Dec. 4, she had the first of four Eli goals in a decisive 4–1 victory at Ingalls Rink.

On the defensive side of the ice, the Bulldogs were perfect once again, posting their fifth shutout of the season. Goalie Jackee Snikeris ’11 led the way with 21 saves on the night. This was the second straight shutout for Snikeris, who has allowed just one goal on 58 attempts in the past three games.

“Once again our defense was solid,” head coach Hilary Witt said. “Snik always makes good saves when she needs to, and that’s what made the difference.”

This win in their final away game ends the Bulldogs’ road season on a high note. The Bulldogs finish with a 5–10 away record this season.

Over the weekend, the Bulldogs saw their chance of making the playoffs slip away despite tying their first game and winning the second. But they say they still have motivation for their last three games.

“After this weekend we were excited and had a lot of energy,” forward Bray Ketchum ’11 said. “Now we’re playing for the Yale pride, each other and the seniors. We want to send them off with four straight wins. And we want to set the standard for next season.”

The Bulldogs will conclude their season this weekend at Ingalls Rink with games against Quinnipiac and Princeton.

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