YALE FACES NORTH DAKOTA ON SATURDAY
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The long wait is over, and the Yale men’s hockey team got what it deserved after winning the conference regular season championship and being ranked among the nation’s top 10 for most of the year. The No. 9 ranked Bulldogs (20-9-3), who fell short in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, earned a chance to attain their primary goal when the selection committee placed them at Worcester this weekend for the NCAA Northeast Regional. Yale, the No. 3 seed, will take on No. 2 North Dakota (25-12-5) at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the DCU Center.
Boston College (25-10-3), the No. 1 seed, plays No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks (18-11-9) in the 1:30 game.
"Last night it looke like we might be going West and playing someone else," said senior Mark Arcobello. "We were a little surprised but not disappointed. We are excited to play a team like North Dakota."
This is Yale’s second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while the Fighting Sioux, who have won 12 of their last 13 games including a WCHA Tournament title, have gone to eight straight national championship events.
"It really doesn't matter where we go. It's fun to play a team with the tradition of history of North Dakota," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. "We are thrilled to have a chance to compete for the national championship."
The Bulldogs lost to Vermont, 4-1, on day one of the East Regional at Bridgeport a year ago, their third trip to the NCAA Tournament. North Dakota, currently ranked No. 5 nationally, has won seven NCAA hockey championships. At the 2009 Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., the Sioux fell to New Hampshire in the first round.
"Last year [at Bridgeport] was a new experience for everyone. This year we are looking to win it," said Arcobello.
Captain Ryan Donald took it a step further. "Last year it was as if we were satisfied with the experience. Now we are hungry to end our season on a better note than what could have been after the conference playoffs. We are excited to get back on the ice."
All session ticket packages, admission to all three games, are available for $85.00. Tickets priced at $47.50 for individual days (Saturday or Sunday) will be available on Monday, March 22, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the DCU Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800/745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available this week at the Yale Ticket Office.
"We had a great week of practice and approached things very differently," said Allain, a Worcester native. "We really rolled up our sleeves and got back to it. It should pay some dividends for us."
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director