NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team wrapped up the preseason with a big win Saturday, blanking McGill 1-0 in an exhibition at Ingalls Rink. Junior defenseman Mallory Souliotis scored the game's only goal.
McGill and Yale have met in an annual exhibition 18 times since 1996, and Saturday represented the Bulldogs' sixth win in the series. Yale got off to a good start, outshooting the Martlets 14-6 in the first period. Among the Bulldogs' best chances were a pair of shots by junior forward Courtney Pensavalle, but McGill netminder Tricia Deguire stopped them both -- including one with a great glove save -- to keep the game scoreless.
McGill turned the tables on Yale in the second, outshooting the Bulldogs 14-3 in that frame, but senior goaltender Hanna Mandl kept the Martlets off the scoreboard. McGill nearly snuck one past her two minutes into the frame, but Souliotis knocked away a dangerous loose puck in the crease to end the threat.
The game-winner came at 3:34 of the third, as junior forward Eden Murray carried the puck into the offensive zone and sent it over to senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck low in the left circle. Yip-Chuck then fired it across to Souliotis for the tap-in at the far post.
Mandl kept the lead intact with a great kick save on forward Shana Walker with just over six minutes to play. The Bulldogs then killed off a penalty in the final four minutes to help seal the win, and senior forward Phoebe Staenz' interception enabled Yale to spend the final moments of the game with the puck safely in McGill's zone. Mandl finished with 32 saves.
McGill had topped Yale's ECAC Hockey rival Harvard 3-0 on Friday, adding to the significance of Saturday's Bulldog win. The Martlets play at Dartmouth Sunday, while Yale hosts RIT in the regular season opener next Friday.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity