DHD Goalie Leonoff Shutouts the Martlets in Battle of Hockey Ivy Leaguers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff made 24 saves as the Yale women's hockey team shutout McGill 2-0 in a preseason game at Ingalls Rink, Sunday afternoon. Eden Murray and Courtney Pensavalle, a pair of freshmen forwards, scored for the Bulldogs.
The result avenged a 3-1 loss to McGill last season and dropped McGill's all-time record against the Bulldogs to 9-5-2.
"Yale is a vastly improved team and has way more depth than they did last year," said McGill head coach Peter Smith. "We had a good first period, they were better than us in the second and we played real hard in the third but couldn't put the puck in the net. They had real good goaltending today. We're disappointed that we lost both games this weekend but I'm not disappointed with our effort. This weekend was huge for our development. We spent a fair bit of time in our end of the ice and had the time to sort that out."
Yale tallied the only goal of the first period, after freshman forward Brittany Wheeler sent a puck ahead to junior forward Hanna Åström. As Åström crossed the blue line she chipped the puck off the boards to get around a McGill defender, then sent it across to Pensavalle for the tally eight minutes in.
They increased the lead to 2-0 at 13:02 of the middle frame when junior defenceman Ali Austin passed the puck from the blue line in the McGill zone to senior forward Jackie Raines near the boards in the right circle. Raines skated towards the net and then rifled a perfect pass across the ice to Murray, who was wide open at the far post and poked the puck in.
Leonoff set the tone for the third period by stopping all-Canadian forward Katia Clement-Hydra on the doorstep a minute in. Four minutes after that, Leonoff denied a tip attempt from the slot by forward Stefanie Pohlod, then pounced on the rebound. She was called upon for another big save to preserve the shutout with just 7.8 seconds left on the clock, getting her stick down on a shot from the point by forward Gabrielle Davidson.
Yale outshot McGill 33-24 and goaltender Brittany Smrke made 31 saves in a losing cause.
The Bulldogs wer 0-for-1 on the power-play and killing off both Martlet chances.
McGill is 5-4 overall, including a 2-1 record against CIS opponents and a 2-3 mark against NCAA clubs. McGill will conclude their lengthy preseason schedule with two more contests against NCAA teams. They play at Harvard (Oct. 18) and Dartmouth (Oct. 18) before beginning defence of their CIS national championship on Oct. 24 in a much-anticipated showdown against the Montreal Carabins, the team they beat in the CIS gold medal final last spring.
Yale scrimmages against Sacred Heart at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 17.