NEW HAVEN, Conn. - As Yale gets ready to start ECAC Hockey play next weekend, the first weekend of the season has shown that the players the Bulldogs expect to score will do just that. Junior forward Bray Ketchum scored twice Sunday in a 4-2 exhibition win over McGill at Ingalls Rink. She and sophomore forward Aleca Hughes -- who also scored -- combined for seven points in two games over the weekend. Senior forward Berit Johnson added a goal, and sophomore goalie Genny Ladiges made 31 saves for the win over the Martlets.
"Bray's a goal scorer," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "When she gets going and uses her speed she is very tough to stop."
Ketchum, who had a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-2 tie at Providence, got Yale's first goal Sunday when she carried the puck into the zone and played it in front for Hughes and freshman linemate Danielle Moncion. After Martlet goalie Andrea Weckman made the initial stop the Bulldogs kept battling for the puck and Ketchum was eventually able to knock it in.
The Bulldogs were hit with a penalty 13 seconds later, and nine seconds into the power play McGill tied the score on a goal by forward Rebecca Martindale.
Yale went back ahead in the second period when senior defenseman Alyssa Clarke kept a pass from junior defenseman Samantha MacLean from going out of the zone, getting it to Hughes in the slot. Hughes buried the rebound of her own shot at 8:25.
The Martlets evened the game again six minutes later on goal by forward Alessandra Lind-Kenny, then unleashed a barrage of shots on Ladiges -- 22 to be exact -- in the third period. She stopped them all, and eventually her teammates re-took the lead for good.
"Genny did an outstanding job," said Witt. "She was fantastic last year, but she just didn't get much offensive support. Today she finally got some."
Ketchum took a pass from freshman defenseman Jamie Gray in from the neutral zone for the game-winner, slipping it past Weckman's right leg at 5:04. Four minutes later sophomore forward Becky Mantell and freshman forward Alyssa Zupon set up Johnson for a shot that beat Weckman high on her stick side for an insurance goal.
Clarke, Hughes and Ketchum all finished the game +3.
The exhibition gives Yale a point of comparison against some other teams in ECAC Hockey that McGill has played. The Martlets lost to Dartmouth 4-2, Harvard 4-1 and St. Lawrence 2-1. Those were the top three teams in the conference in the preseason coaches' poll.