Union women no match for Yale, 4-0

If the Union women’s hockey team had any thoughts of snapping its 86-game ECAC Hockey winless streak
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If the Union women’s hockey team had any thoughts of snapping its 86-game ECAC Hockey winless streak, Yale’s Crysti Howser quickly dashed them.

Howser scored goals in the first minute of the first two periods Friday, sparking the Bulldogs to a 4-0 win over the Dutchwomen in the ECACH opener for both teams at Messa Rink.

The Dutchwomen (0-1 ECACH, 0-8-1 overall) are now 0-85-2 since winning their only league game Feb. 28, 2004, against Cornell. Union is 1-100-2 in ECACH play since becoming a Division I program in 2003-04.

“We weren’t focused today,” Union coach Claudia Asano said. “I don’t know if we were really ready. We were prepared for them in practice. When you have 12 freshmen, and I hate to say it, [but] youth sometimes takes over, unfort­unately. But I know they’ll rally back

[today against Brown].”

Union lost a pair of one-goal games to Yale last season, including a Feb. 22 game at Ingalls Rink in which it had a 1-0 lead after two periods before dropping a 2-1

decision.

But there wouldn’t be a close decision this time.

Yale (1-0, 1-1 overall) won the game’s opening faceoff, and took the puck into the Union zone. Bray Ketchum took a shot on goalie Lundy Day, who stopped it. But the rebound came out to Howser, who fired it past Day 12 seconds into the game.

“I think they were flattened by it,” Asano said.

Howser did it again 41 seconds into the second period. She fired a shot from the left circle that slipped underneath Day’s left arm.

“Yale’s a very beatable team,” Union defenseman Jackie Koet­teritz said. “We had a lot of potential against them. We need to battle for all 60 minutes.”

Ketchum scored her second goal of the game, a power-play tally, with 4:42 left in the game. She fired a shot from the slot over Day’s glove side. After the goal, Day was replaced by Kate Gallagher.

The Dutchwomen dressed 16 skaters, two under the maximum. Senior Suzy Pocock and freshman Emilie Arseneault were healthy scratches. Asano refused to comment on why they were kept out of the lineup.

Yale 1 2 1 — 4

Union 0 0 0 — 0


First Period — 1, Yale, Howser 3 (Ketchum), :12. Penalties — Ketchum, Yale (interference), 7:06; Koetteritz, Uni (interference), 12:28; Clarke, Yale (holding), 14:10.

Second Period — 2, Yale, Howser 4 (Ketchum, Hughes), :41. 3, Yale, Ketchum 1 (Hughes, Howser), 3:01. Penalties — Melia, Uni (hooking), 5:38; Perushek, Uni (holding), 13:49.

Third Period — 4, Yale, Ketchum 2 (Clarke), 15:18 (pp). Penalties — Johnson, Yale (holding), 1:48; Kowalczyk, Uni (slashing), 15:18; Gentile, Uni (body checking), 19:04.

Shots on Goal — Yale 14-14-11 — 39. Union 3-1-8 — 12.

Power-play opportunities — Yale 1 of 5; Union 0 of 3.

Goalies — Yale, Ladiges 1-1-0 (12 shots-12 saves). Union, Day 0-8-1 (32-29), Gallagher (15:16 third, 6-6).

A — 123. T — 1:45.

Referees — Danyel Howard, Robin Taylor. Linesmen — Brian Collamore, Mike Lizotte Jr.

RPI 5, BROWN 1

TROY — Alisa Harrison had a goal and two assists as the Eng-ineers rolled past the Bears in the ECACH opener for both teams at Houston Field House.

After Brown (0-1 ECACH, 0-2-1 overall) took a 1-0 lead on a Maggie Suprey goal midway through the first period, Harrison set up goals by Melissa Boik and Whitney Naslund 1:32 apart in the first to give RPI (1-0, 4-4) a 2-1 lead.

Jodi Yaworski made it 3-1 just over seven minutes into the second period. Harrison scored a power-play goal later in the period.

Kendra Dunlop scored with 45 seconds left in the game for RPI, which outshot Brown, 54-8.

Brown 1 0 0 — 1

RPI 2 2 1 — 5

First Period — 1, Brown, Suprey 1, 9:58. 2, RPI, Boik 1 (Harrison), 13:00. 3, RPI, Naslund 3 (Harrison, Wright), 14:32 (pp). Penalties — Van Muyen, Bro (body checking), 14:02; Mykolenko, Bro (interference), 17:15.

Second Period — 4, RPI, Yaworski 1 (O’Keefe, Vadner), 7:20. 5, RPI, Harrison 2 (Wright, Naslund), 17:11 (pp). Penalties — Small, Bro (tripping), 16:03; Stewart, RPI (hooking), 19:52.

Third Period — 6, RPI, Dunlop 4 (Weidner, Vandegrift), 19:15. Penalties — Van Muyen, Bro (body checking), 2:21; Boik, RPI (body checking), 8:07; Small, Bro (tripping), 10:54; Brown bench, served by Surbey (delay of game), 14:12.

Shots on Goal — Brown 1-5-2 — 8. RPI 19-18-17 — 54.

Power-play opportunities — Brown 0 of 2; RPI 2 of 6.

Goalies — Brown, Stock 0-2-1 (54 shots-49 saves). RPI, van der Bliek 3-3-0 (8-7).

A — 200. T — 1:56.

Referees — Derek Zuckerman, Randy Zaritsky. Linesmen — Rick Yarmy, Kevin Sullivan.

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