Looking at the 2010-11 Elis
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Consecutive conference regular season titles, NCAA Tournament appearances and 20-win seasons are accomplishments any college hockey team would take without question. That's what Yale experienced the last two winters and takes into 2010-11 under fifth-year mentor Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.
The Bulldogs, who begin practice on Oct. 15, lost four significant players to graduation but have plenty of talented skaters anxious to earn those spots. Twenty-one Elis with varsity letters from 2008-09 return to Ingalls Rink and there are five newcomers in the locker room.
Statistically, the guys up front are the strength of this squad. There is a returning All-American and 69 goals and 171 points are back among the top five scorers. Captain Jimmy Martin leads the defense, while three of Yale's four goalies from last winter are ready to battle for playing time.
Senior Broc Little (34g, 27-14-41) led the nation in goals per game and earned second-team All-America honors. He enters the new season with 99 points in 95 career games. Many of Little's goals were the result of feeds from classmate Denny Kearney (34g, 12-25-37), who has 90 career points in 102 games and many big-time goals. Brendan Mason (34g, 9-5-14) and Jeff Anderson (34g, 5-6-11) are other seniors who have had success at both ends of the rink. The Elis also get senior Chris Cahill (65g, 14-20-34 career) back after being out of school last year.
Junior Brian O'Neill (34g, 16-29-45) has continued his collegiate success after being named to a freshman All-America team in 2008-09. Classmates Kevin Limbert (32g, 3-5-8), Chad Ziegler (29g, 3-2-5) and Charles Brockett (31g, 0-2-2) will also challenge for ice time. In addition, Dan Otto, who has been injured the last two years, could contribute this season.
Second-year player Andrew Miller (34g 5-29-34) was fourth among Division I rookies in points per game last year. Other sophomores, Antoine Laganiere (25g, 7-3-10) and Josh Balch (22g, 2-4-6), earned valuable playing time as newcomers.
Captain Jimmy Martin (34g, 2-17-19), one of two seniors who have already hit the century mark for games played, heads the list of blueliners. Classmates Mike Matczak (20g, 1-5-6) and Ken Trentowski (14g, 0-1-1) are defensive defensemen prepared to challenge for regular roles.
Freshman Gus Young (7th, Avalanche) adds size (6-2, 200) and skill to this area.
Three experienced goalies, a senior and two sophomores, are back at the Whale this winter. Senior Ryan Rondeau (6g, .880, 4.06, 2-1-1) was in net for the 3-2 win over N. Dakota in the NCAA Tournament. He made 30 saves in the victory last March at Worcester, Mass.