NEW HAVEN, CT-On a day honoring former Yale player Mandi Schwartz. Yale picked up a 4 to 1 win over the visiting Brown Bears Friday afternoon.
Yale’s Janelle Ferrara opened the scoring when she handled the puck behind the net and then came around finding a hole to poked it past Brown’s Monica Elvin very late in the first period assisted by Jamie Haddad and Mallory Souliotis.
In the second frame, Brittany Wheeler picked up the eventual game winner when a Souliotis shot popped out of Elvin’s glove right to Wheeler beside her and a quick whack put the puck in. Kara Drexler also picked up an assist on the play.
In mere seconds into the third period Krista Yip-Chuck and Jamie Haddad broke on net. Yip-Chuck came at Elvin’s left and flung it across to Haddad beautifully, the result was a shot through a hole before Elvin could swing over. Eden Murray was awarded an assist as well.
Yale had five penalties called just on them in the period (six total but one was simultaneous with Brown) However during the penalty kill, Phoebe Staenz and the Bulldogs crashed the Brown net and got it past Elvin. Drexler added her second assist of the game.
The Bulldogs did give Brown some chances though with four late period penalties, including giving up a 5 on 3 advantage. Maddie Woo took advantage to launch a blast from the point past Yale’s Hanna Mandl to break the shut out late, but despite the power plays and pulling Elvin, that was all Brown could muster.
Elvin made 31 saves on Yale’s 35 shots and Mandl made 20 on the 21 shots from the Bears. Elvin’s play was pretty solid, she made numerous other big saves, though it wasn’t the best defensive day for the Bears in support. Mandl has now lost shutouts late in the past two games she’s played though gave up her lone goal on a 5 on 3.
Defensively, Drexler blocked 3 shots, Jordan Chancellor blocked 2 as did Kaitlin Gately. Emily Monaghan, Murray, Ferrara, Souliotis, Kate Martini, Julia Yetman, and Staenz all had 1.
For Brown, Samantha Swanstrom had 3 blocks, Alli Rolandelli and Kelly Micholson had 2. Jenna Hewitt-Kenda, Abby Niewchas, Katie Swanstrom, Cynthia Kyin, Rachael Cholak, and Sam Donovan had 1 block each.
Yale Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women’s Ice Hockey Joakim Flygh gave a measured assessment of the team’s performance. He was pleased with some aspects of the game, and not pleased with others especially noting the team taking so many penalties.
Yale would also defeat Brown 6-3 the following day.
Schwartz was diagnosed with leukemia and unfortunately a marrow donor match was not found, though her efforts and those who came after her encouraged more marrow donor registration to help save others. A statement on the Mandi Schwartz Foundation facebook page explains that “Mandi Schwartz inspired countless people during her battle with cancer, which lasted from 2008 until 2011. Yale hosts an annual marrow donor registration drive in her name that has added more than 3,000 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry.”
The “White Out for Mandi” was an all day event. In addition to the women’s game, the event carried on to the men’s game later that night.
Yale Alum Paige Decker was generous with her time to give her take on what Mandi meant to the program.
Shirts were sold to raise money for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. A silent auction at the men’s game including signed jerseys from numerous NHL players including one signed by the entire San Jose Sharks.
Additional Notes (A non-exhaustive list of some of the other plays in the game. Note this is just a sampling of observations.)
Cynthia Kyin and Alli Rolandelli disrupted a Yale drive in on net. Later, Samantha Swanstrom pushed Yale across the blue line to end their attack. Katie Swanstrom stole the puck and made an effort to get into the zone and also broke up a Yale attempt to sweep in from the goalie’s left.
Cara Najjar disrupted a centering pass and Maddie Woo accomplished a similar feat later in the game. Caroline Buckholtz cleared it from the goal mouth late in the third period.
During the various penalty kills Brown had Kelly Micholson, and Abby Niewchas had clears. On another penalty, Micholson intercepted a Bulldogs pass and cleared it. On another, Sam Donovan had a steal and clear. Much later, Hunter Davis cleared it and Samantha Swanstrom disrupted a shot.
Janelle Ferrara stole the puck in her zone and brought it out eventually leading to a scoring try. Also, during a power play, Taylor Marchin attempted a Brown clearing attempt to keep the drive alive. Later, Haddad stole the puck in the Brown zone to keep the effort underway.
Kara Drexler caught up to a breaking Brown player to stop the attack and while it didn’t result a goal Eden Murray outmaneuvered a variety of defenders with a nice break.
Marchin disrupted a Bears entry forcing them to regroup and after some sustained Brown pressure, Jordan Chancellor got the puck and brought it out. Later on, Krista Yip-Chuck flummoxed a Brown attempt at a break and brought it back out.
During the numerous penalty kills, Hanna Astrom and Emily Monaghan harassed Brown in their zone. Later Monaghan and Astrom cleared it, and later Martini cleared it as well. On another, Chancellor and Gretchen Tarrant fought to get it out.
Ferrara got the puck into the Brown zone and she and Murray harassed the Bears effort to get it out of their own zone. Drexler also helped to keep it in. On another PK Murray and Astrom went into the Brown zone to disrupt their setup for the return. Ferrara and Murray had a quality short handed try, though it was saved.
Monaghan cleared from the goal area during a long sequence of Yale penalties. Also, during the Brown skater advantage with the goalie pulled later, Haddad cleared the puck. Even later, Staenz took it out of the zone again.