Two weeks into the season, the women’s ice hockey team is still looking for its first win.
The Bulldogs (0–3–2, 0–1–1 ECAC) will travel to Boston on Saturday to face Northeastern (6–2–2, 1–1–1 Hockey East).
The Elis tied with Harvard, 3–3, in their game last weekend, and followed up with losses to Dartmouth, 4–1, and Providence, 3–1. After the team’s loss to the Big Green, head coach Joakim Flygh switched in Genny Ladiges ’12 to replace Erin Callahan ’13 as starting goalie. Callahan played two games after veteran goaltender Jackee Snickeris ’11 left the game early with a heel injury in the Elis’ match against the Crimson. Ladiges ended the Providence match with 36 saves, but two goals within the first five minutes of the game were too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.
The Bulldogs struggled to score on Providence goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, who boasts a 0.949 save percentage. Yale could face similar challenges against Northeastern’s Florence Schelling. Schelling was goalie for the Swiss National Team for five seasons and allowed only 0.99 goals through December last season.
“We created great offensive pressure in the game against Providence, but we were facing a very strong goaltender,” head coach Flygh said. “Schelling was on the [Swiss] Olympic team, so she is going to be a challenge.”
Northeastern has played well at home so far, with a 3–1–1 record on home ice. Against common opponent Vermont, Northeastern is 1–1–0, while Yale is 0–1–1. In their last game, the Huskies lost 1–3 to cross-town rivals Boston University. Schelling blocked 24 shots and kept Boston scoreless in the first period.
Yale’s offense has struggled this season, and failing to capitalize on power plays has been a recurring theme.
“We need to capitalize on the chances we get to score,” Flygh said. “Our game against Providence was one of our better games in terms of generating scoring opportunities. We need to score on rebounds and have a stronger presence in front of the net.”
The Bulldogs were 0–3 in scoring during power plays in their Tuesday match against Providence. The Elis have also trailed in shots on goal, being outshot 20–4 by Dartmouth and 39–15 by Providence. Defensively, the Bulldogs have been able to rely on solid performance from their goaltenders. The Elis have also been effective in preventing other teams from scoring on power plays, killing all two in the Providence game. After the Friars took an early lead, the Bulldog defense kept them from scoring in the second period and until the last minute of the third.
“I wouldn’t say defense is playing stronger [than offense], but we have spent a little more time working on defense,” Flygh said. “It goes hand-in-hand with good goaltending.”
In their match up last year, the Huskies bested the Bulldogs 3–0. Up to that point, the Huskies had gone 145:59 without scoring on Yale, dating back to 2006. However, Yale failed to score during four power plays, and Leah Sulyma made 32 saves for the shutout.
The Bulldog lineup could see some changes. Flygh said the coaching staff will delay making a decision about which goalie will play until after today’s practice. He also noted that forward Jenna Ciotti ’14 suffered a minor injury in the Providence game, and will not be playing this weekend.
“We hope to have everyone healthy, and back, soon,” Flygh said. “Our efforts will pay off eventually, I don’t doubt that for a second.”
The Bulldogs are slated to face off against Northeastern at 3 p.m. on Sunday.