For the second weekend in a row, the Yale women’s hockey team split a pair of conference games, this time earning a win and a loss against Brown.
The Bulldogs (9–11–1, 6–8–0 ECAC) could not manage to hold off the Bears (5–16–0, 2–12–0) on Friday night, falling 3–2 in overtime. However, they proved themselves on Saturday, rebounding with a 6–3 victory to even the team’s record against Brown for the two-game series.
“This weekend we experienced our lowest low so far this season, losing to one of the lowest ranked teams in the league,” forward Phoebe Stanz ’17 said. “It was an absolutely horrendous game. We did not play to our ability and sort of just stepped on the ice because it was time for a game. We did not step out to win on Friday. We just showed up.”
In Friday night’s game, Yale took control in the first period, outshooting the Bears 20–5. Despite the Elis aggressive offense and two power play opportunities, Yale players never managed to reach the back of the net. The game was scoreless entering the second period.
Brown was the first to score, pushing in a rebound around goalkeeper Jaimie Leonoff ’15 at 5:35 into the period. Yet the Bulldogs once again took control of the puck, taking twice as many shots as the Bears. The Elis answered with two goals of their own in the second, scored by forwards Jackie Raines ’15 and Gretchen Tarrant ’16.
Roughly six minutes into the third period, the Bulldogs committed a pair of successive penalties, leading to a five-on-3three scenario which Brown capitalized on, evening out the score 2–2. Despite offensive chances in the last few minutes of the game, neither team could break the tie and the game headed to overtime.
The Bears ended the game just 48 seconds into the overtime period, scoring off a rebound.
Both Leonoff and Brown goalkeeper Monica Elvin played outstanding games. Although the Bears have the lowest save percentage in the league at 0.885, Elvin saved 47 out of 49 of Yale’s shots that night, keeping the Elis from a victory.
“On Friday, we settled for too many outside shots and weren’t willing to penetrate their defense and drive the puck to the net,” captain and defenseman Aurora Kennedy ’15 said. “Both of our goals were gritty, quick plays, which we needed to do more of. We also gave them too many opportunities in our zone, playing sloppy defense.”
Saturday night’s rematch, however, was a very different hockey game. The Bulldogs once again came out of the gate with an aggressive offense. Raines started the game off with a goal just 38 seconds into the match, setting the tone for the rest of the period. In the first period alone, the Elis scored five times.
Despite a Brown goal at 10:29, the Elis quickly retaliated with a goal from defenseman Taylor Marchin ’16 less than a minute later. But the Bulldogs did not stop there. Forward Krista Yip-Chuck ’17 found the back of the net with a power play goal at 13:37, kicking off an offensive series in which Yale put an additional three points on the board in 26 seconds, the other two from forwards Stephanie Mock ’15 and Staenz.
“After losing to Brown on Friday, we were all pretty upset with how the game went but responded on Saturday and came out flying in the first period,” forward Janelle Ferrara ’16 said. “On Saturday, we took the puck to the net a lot more and created better scoring opportunities for ourselves, which led to us scoring five goals in the first period.”
Yale entered the second period with a 5–1 lead over Brown. The Bears capitalized on a power play seven minutes into the second, but Yale goalkeeper Hanna Mandl ’17 prevented them from converting a second power play opportunity at the end of the period, holding Brown to just two goals in the first two periods.
In the third period, the Bears capitalized on another power play to shorten the Elis’ lead, after which Leonoff was put into the goal to relieve Mandl. Yale held on, scoring yet another goal less than two minutes later, this one also by Marchin.
The Bulldogs’ decisive 6–3 win came after the team once again dominated Brown in shots, taking 34 to Brown’s 12. The team also scored on five of its 10 shots in the first period. In addition, Yale won 41 of 59 face-offs, generating a high level of offensive play.
“Saturday was a huge improvement because we were angry with the performance on Friday,” Staenz said. “We said that a game like [that] will never happen again. We showed Brown that they got lucky. Saturday’s first period was full of energy and aggression that is why we were able to build such a lead. We wanted to overrun them and we did.”
The Elis will take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend.