Yale Skates to Win Over McGill in Exhibition

Yale Skates to Win Over McGill in Exhibition

Yale Women's Hockey under Mark Bolding, the new Susan Cavanagh Head Coach, got under way with a 4-2 exhibition win over McGill at Ingalls Rink. Four different Bulldogs hit the net and three goalies combined for 25 saves.

"I'm impressed with how we fought throughout the game," said Bolding, who came to New Haven last spring after winning multiple national championships at Norwich University. "A lot of things were very positive, but there are still things to work on. It was great to see contributions from many players."

The Elis, who opened the scoring shorthanded, reversed the momentum on a McGill advantage after the game's first penalty, eight minutes into the first frame. Sophomore blueliner Tabea Botthof converted a Charlotte Welch pass from behind the goal line with a snapshot from the left circle that beat Red Birds goalie Tricia Deguire stick side.

The visitors evened things with 7:32 left in the second, but that only lasted five minutes. Sophomore forward Claire Dalton skated into the left circle and fired a rising wrister stick side for a 2-1 lead.

After McGill tied it up again. Junior forward Rebecca Foggia made a case for the highlight reel with a great conversion of another Welch pass. The pretty, crossing pass to the edge of the crease was re-directed over Deguire's shoulder with 11:15 left in the third. That turned out to be the game-winner.

The icing was added to the cake when rookie Grace Lee found an empty net with 7.2 seconds left.

Senior Tera Hofmann got the start in the Yale net and played a little more than a period while stopping all seven shots. She and the Bulldogs open the regular season in two weeks with a set against Long Island University.