W. HOCKEY | Bulldogs receive first shutout

Facing their second consecutive Hockey East opponent, the women’s ice hockey team came out of the contest with yet another loss.

The Bulldogs (0–4–2, 0–1–1 ECAC) lost to Northeastern (7–2–2, 1–1–1 Hockey East), 4–0 as Huskies goalie and former Swiss Olympic goaltender, Florence Schelling, made 34 saves in her first shutout of the season.

Northeastern scored two goals early in the first period. After forward Lauren Davis ’12 was called for a holding penalty, Casey Pickett was able to score just 39 seconds into the power play off a Lori Antflick assist. Antflick took a shot, but after the puck was deflected by Genny Ladiges ’12, she passed it to Pickett who scored off the rebound.

Almost 90 seconds later, the Huskies struck again.

Alyssa Wohlfeiler made a pass from the behind the net to Brittany Esposito who hit it into Yale’s goal. Esposito’s goal put Northeastern up 2–0 less than five minutes into the match.

“Opponents scoring early has affected the outcomes of the games. It’s definitely not a good way to start,” forward Aleca Hughes ’12 said.

The Bulldog offense made improvements in the second period, outshooting the Huskies 17–9. But despite their turnaround, the Elis were unable to get past Schelling. The Elis failed to score on power plays against the Huskies as they did in their game against Providence. The Bulldogs were 0–2 on power plays against the Friars, and despite taking seven shots on goal during power plays against the Huskies, Northeastern was able to kill four Eli advantages in the second period.

Northeastern started the third frame with a penalty 19 seconds into the period. Maggie DiMasi was called for tripping, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on two attempts on the power play. The Huskies put the game out of reach nearly seven minutes into the frame. Pickett scored her second goal of the night, assisted by Antflick and Siena Falino, putting Northeastern up 3-0. With less than two minutes left in regulation, Northeastern’s Lindsay Domaas was able to score a rebound goal to cap the Huskies’ 4–0 victory.

The Bulldogs remain winless this season and have faced the same recurring offensive issues. The Yale offense has been consistently outshot by opponents, and were able to reverse this trend on Saturday, outshooting Northeastern 34–33. However, the Elis could not capitalize on any of these attempts and have accumulated a 0–9 a two-game power play record. Against Hockey East opponents, Yale is 0–2 and has been outscored 7–1.

The Elis have been more successful defensively and killing penalties. The team killed three against Northeastern and all two against Providence. The Elis have also been characterized by a high number of saves, with Ladiges blocking 36 and 29 shots in her last two games respectively. However, the Elis have been unable to convert these efforts into a win.

Following the knee injury of veteran goaltender Jackee Snikeris ’11, Erin Callahan ’13 and Ladiges have filled her post. Callahan started against Harvard and Dartmouth, but after the Bulldogs’ 4–1 loss to the Big Green, Ladiges took the spot. In the game against Providence, Ladiges made 36 saves but was unable to stop the Friars, who went on to win 3–1. The coaching staff reserved making a final decision on which goalie would play against Northeastern until Friday afternoon, but eventually went with Ladiges.

The Bulldogs will play Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Friday at Ingalls Rink in the “White Out For Mandi Game,” a fundraiser for Mandi Schwartz’s ’11 battle against leukemia, with donations dependent on the number of spectators.

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