White Out on the Horizon

Photo by Steve Musco
Photo by Steve Musco

Yale Hosts Harvard, Dartmouth

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - As the Yale Bulldogs get set to welcome rival Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend, the biggest storyline won't be on the ice.

Friday night, as the Bulldogs take on the Crimson, Yale hosts the annual White Out For Mandi game. The game against Harvard is a big one, especially with Yale creeping up the ECAC standings, but the battle against the disease that took Bulldog Mandi Schwartz is a bigger one. The day will feature raffles and other events that will raise money for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, dedicated to helping those like her in their fights.

On the ice, the puck drops at 6 p.m. as Yale and Harvard look to keep the pace in ECAC and Ivy league standings. Yale sits in the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECAC currently, with Harvard one spot, and one point, ahead.

Yale will play Dartmouth, sitting in eleventh, on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ingalls Rink.

The Bulldogs have gotten hot in 2018, posting a 4-1 record to start the new year. A large part of that turnaround is first year goalie Gianna Meloni, accounting for three of those wins with two via shutout. Meloni has posted a .939 save percentage on the season, second best in the ECAC, while her 1.68 goals against average ranks third.

On the other side of the ice, a combination of youth and experience has guided the Yale offense. First year forward Greta Skarzynski leads the Bulldogs with 20 points, including a team high 11 goals. Five of those markers have come on the power play, second in the ECAC, while her three game-winning goals rank sixth.

Mallory Souliotis, the senior defender, has 17 points on the season to rank second on the Bulldogs. Her point totals rank fourth among all ECAC defenders despite playing the fewest games of anyone in the top ten.

Yale remains hot on the power play, ranking first in the ECAC and third in the nation with a 26.2 percent success rate. The Bulldogs' penalty kill has improved as well, up to 15th in the nation.

Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant