NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a game filled with 20 penalties, it was no surprise that special teams proved crucial as the Yale women's ice hockey team opened conference play Friday night vs. No. 4 Quinnipiac at Ingalls Rink. And unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the visiting Bobcats were nine-for-nine on the penalty kill and got three power play goals. That made all the difference in a 4-1 win for QU.
Quinnipiac (6-2-1, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey), the defending conference champions, killed off three penalties in the first to keep the game scoreless. It wound up being a penalty on the Bulldogs near the end of the period that led to the game's first goal. Less than a minute into the second, with Yale still on the kill, senior goaltender Hanna Mandl made a save on a Quinnipiac one-timer and was trying to cover the puck when it got loose. Bobcats forward Taylar Cianfarano grabbed it and curled around to deposit her seventh goal of the season.
Yale (2-1-0, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) evened the game 10 minutes later. In the Yale zone, senior defenseman Taylor Marchin sent the puck up to sophomore forward Emma Vlasic. She got it to sophomore forward Jordan Chancellor in the neutral zone, and Chancellor chipped it around a Quinnipiac player at the blue line before heading to the left circle. From there, she beat Quinnipiac goalie Sydney Rossman high on the blocker side to make the score 1-1 at 10:58.
A series of penalties on both teams gave the specials teams units a workout in the final minutes of the second. Marchin hit the post on a power play with just over two minutes left. The teams were then back at even strength at 19:27 when forward Kenzie Lancaster intercepted a pass in the Yale zone and skated in for her first career goal, making it 2-1 Quinnipiac heading into the second intermission.
Yale had outshot Quinnipiac 23-20 to that point, but the third period proved to be a different story. After killing off an early penalty, Quinnipiac took advantage of the second Yale penalty of the period and got a power play goal from Cianfarano. She knocked in a loose puck after a one-timer by forward Emma Woods. The Bobcats then tacked on another power play tally, this one by forward Meghan Turner, for a 4-1 lead with 6:01 to play. QU went on to outshoot Yale 14-2 in the final frame to seal the win.
Mandl finished with 30 saves, while Rossman made 24.
Yale hosts Princeton Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity