White Out Win

Photo by Steve Musco
Photo by Steve Musco

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite below freezing temperatures outside Ingalls Rink on Friday night, the Yale Bulldogs stayed warm as they have been all of January. There wasn't any snow outside, but inside was all white as the Bulldogs froze the Harvard Crimson 3-2 during the annual White Out For Mandi game.

Yale (8-10-4, 6-7-2 ECAC) struck first in the second period, with their ECAC-best power play going to work. Greta Skarzynski blasted a rocket from her spot atop the blue line for her 12th goal of the season, and her sixth on the power play.

The first year phenom was not alone in rookie scoring on the night. After Harvard (8-11-1, 6-8-1) tied the game at one midway through the middle frame, Tess Dettling was ready. She collected a puck in the slot and fired one home for her first career goal. Mallory Souliotis picked up her team-high 15th assist of the season.

The momentum from Dettling's goal refused to settle as Emma Vlasic made it 3-1 just 22 seconds later. Vlasic's goal brought an already ecstatic crowd to its feet as the Bulldogs headed into the locker room up by two.

In the third, it was the Gianna Meloni show. The first year goalie, another rookie off to a fantastic career start, showed off and out in the final frame. Despite a Harvard power play goal in the period, Meloni made 10 of her 29 saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve an eventual 3-2 win. With the win, Meloni improves to a 4-0-0 record in 2018, allowing only five goals in five appearances with two shutouts.

The annual White Out For Mandi game brought a season high 1,017 fans to Ingalls Rink. Raffles held raised money for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, dedicated to helping those battling bone marrow based diseases. For more information, and more on how you can help, visit YaleBulldogs.com/Mandi

With the win, Yale leaps past Harvard in the ECAC standings for seventh place, sitting just one point ahead of the Crimson.