Bulldogs Reach Postseason With Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Going into Saturday's matinee against the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the Yale Bulldogs needed just one more win. With Rensselaer one point behind eighth seeded Yale in the ECAC standings, and only one game left to play, a Bulldogs victory would clinch playoff hockey. Yale pulled off its sorely needed win, in front of a large senior day crowd, with a 2-0 shutout of the Bobcats.
Yale (10-15-4, 8-12-2 ECAC) struck first in the second frame. After a tight first period saw both sides fail to find the back of the net, the Bulldogs entered the second with more gusto. Yale's power play got to work midway through the period, and it was Emily Monaghan, on her senior day, firing the puck home for a 1-0 Yale lead. Greta Skarzynki picked up an assist for her team-leading 25th point of the season.
With time winding down in the third period in a tight one goal game, Yale sent out its senior pairing of Kara Drexler and Grace Wickens on the blue line. The two had played together on a pairing for a majority of their careers, and as senior night came to an end, they wrapped up the game together. With the Quinnipiac goalie about to head to the bench, Wickens found Drexler on an outlet pass near the Bobcats blue line. Before the goalie could head back to the net, Drexler had fired the puck home to clinch a 2-0 win for Yale.
Gianna Meloni made 16 saves in the win, her sixth of the season and her fourth via shutout. The Bulldogs dominated the Battle of Whitney Ave. against the Bobcats this season, going 3-0-1 with three shutouts and a tie in the Nutmeg Classic. Meloni had two of the shutouts, and has yet to lose to Quinnipiac in her career.
With the win, the Bulldogs will play at top seeded Clarkson in the first round of the ECAC postseason. The two teams will start off the three game series at 3 p.m. on Friday, with game two coming at 3 p.m. on Saturday. If needed, a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday will be played to settle the series.
Filed by Andrew Weiss, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant