After hosting three straight games in Ingalls Rink over break, the Bulldogs (7-9-0, 3-6-0 ECAC) are headed on the road this weekend to take on a pair of conference opponents.
The Elis, who have lost their last three games, are looking to get back on track when they face the Clarkson Golden Knights (10-6-4, 4-2-2) on Friday night, before challenging the No. 5 Saints of St. Lawrence (12-5-3, 6-1-1) on Saturday afternoon.
In November, the Bulldogs defeated the Golden Knights at the Whale, 3-2. Forward Bray Ketchum ’11 had a pair of goals and defenseman Helen Resor ’12 contributed a goal and an assist to the Elis’ effort.
In the net, goalie Genny Ladiges ’12 stonewalled Clarkson, saving 28 of 30 shots on goal. One of the Golden Knights’ goals came off of a power play.
But Clarkson does have the tools to even the series score against Yale. Two players on their team are reaching the 100 career points milestone. On top of that, the Elis will face a tough goaltender in Lauren Dahm, who is fourth in the country in goals-against average (1.41).
St. Lawrence will be an even tougher opponent than Clarkson. The Saints, who are 33-0-1 all-time against the Bulldogs, have never lost to Yale. In a meeting earlier the season, the Elis found themselves in the third period down by only a goal at 3-2. Then St. Lawrence scored three goals in four minutes, building an insurmountable lead too large for the Bulldogs to rally against.
Head coach Hilary Witt knows that the key to the Bulldogs’ success will come down to whether or not they rely on each other.
“We need to work as a unit and trust that our teammates will do their job so individuals can do their own jobs,” she said.
The top eight teams in the ECAC advance to the playoffs starting in late February. The Elis, currently in 10th place, are just two points away from being tied for eighth place. Wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence, ranked sixth and fifth in the ECAC, respectfully, will go a long way for the Bulldogs as those final spots are decided.