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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs (10-1-0, 6-0 ECAC), ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time ever, take on perennial Hockey East power Vermont (1-7-4, 1-6-3 HE) Wednesday night at 7 at the Whale in a matchup that carries a lot of history and perspective. The Catamounts, a former ECAC member, and Yale, coming off a 5-0 win over No. 13 Union, have been playing for the last 35 years, including games in the NCAAs as well as holiday tournaments. The game can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com.  
 
TICKETS
A limited number of tickets are available for the game at Ingalls (3,500). Call the Yale Ticket Office at 203.432.1400 or go on yalebulldogs.com to order seats. The rink ticket office will open at 5:30 on game night.
 
THE SERIES
UVM, which has won the last five straight, has been playing Yale since 1975-76 and the Elis have a 27-26-4 edge in the series. Yale's last win came Nov. 22, 2003 at New Haven when UVM was a member of ECAC Hockey.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Sunday's battle of top ranked offense vs. the nation's best defense went to the guys shooting the pucks. The Bulldogs got goals from four different players and a perfect outing from goalie Ryan Rondeau in a 5-0 win over No. 13 Union. Yale, which remained perfect in conference play while moving into a tie for first place, won its fifth straight contest and a second consecutive against a ranked opponent last weekend.  Most of the scoring came from the senior- junior-sophomore line of Chris Cahill, Brian O'Neill and Andrew Miller (in photo), who combined for three goals and seven assists. Cahill had two goals and an assist, O'Neill notched a goal and two assists and Miller had four assists, all primary ones.  Defenseman Nick Jaskowiak and forward Kevin Limbert added the other Bulldog goals as Yale outshot Union 40-30.

ALSO LAST WEEKEND
The Elis overcame some adversity to win last Friday despite being held to a season-low 24 shots on goal. Yale weathered a Rensselaer comeback and came out on top 4-2 before a full house at Ingalls Rink. Andrew Miller's third-period power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie and was the deciding tally. Yale's two PPG were the difference.  No. 15/16 RPI may have held the shot total down on defense, but it was Yale that won the defensive battle by allowing just 17 shots on target and preventing a power-play score out of five chances. Ryan Rondeau stopped 15 shots and got plenty of support from the guys in white jerseys. Broc Little, Chris Cahill and Jeff Anderson had the other tallies while Miller and Mike Matczak each had two points.
 
LAST MEETING
Jeff Malcolm '13 stopped 26 of 27 shots in his second collegiate start, but the one that got away from him was the difference in No. 19 Vermont's 1-0 win over No. 10 Yale before 3,675 at Gutterson Field House last November. The lone goal in the re-match of the 2009 NCAA East Regional semifinal at Bridgeport, Conn., was controversial. A second-period video review of a pileup in front of the Yale net with 4:25 left in the second resulted in the game-winner. David Pacan was credited with the goal after Malcolm made at least two saves and about six players were battling for the puck in the crease. The referee behind the net did not make a call either way when first seeing the play. He left the ice to view the video.
 
CATS COMING OFF LOSS TO UNH
Mike Sislo dished out five assists and Paul Thompson had a hat trick to propel No. 5 New Hampshire to Sunday afternoon's 5-1 Hockey East victory against Vermont at the Whittemore Center. Josh Burrows had the UVM tally while Rob Madore (3.22, .894) made 27 saves. Senior F Wahsontiio Stacey leads the Cats with six goals. His squad's victory came against Boston College last month at home, while the ties were with Denver, Merrimack, Northeastern and Providence.

START WORTH NOTING
Yale's 2010-11 start is unique. This is the first time the Elis have won their first six conference games, while this is the best (10-1) opening third of the season since Yale was perfect in 1929-30 on the way to 16 straight wins and a 17-1-1 mark. The Elis' best ECAC start was 8-1 in 1997-98.
 
NET GAIN
Goalie Ryan Rondeau (Carvel, AB) had a season-high 30 saves against Union on Sunday and registered Yale's first shutout since Alec Richards blanked Cornell in the 2009 ECAC Championship Game. Rondeau, who owns all but two of the decisions this season, has been a consistent force. He currently ranks sixth in GAA (1.89) and 14th in SP (.926) in Division I. Eight of the 17 goals he has allowed this year came on the man-advantage. The senior has been in net for six wins over ranked teams including a 3-2 decision with North Dakota at the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.
 
GOLD STANDARD
Denny Kearney (Hanover, NH) is second on the team with seven goals and 18 points. Nine of his 11 assists are primary helpers. Among Division I players, he currently ranks fifth in points per game and eighth in assists. He notched eight of his points over the first two games (Brown, Dartmouth on Oct. 29-30) and was ECAC Hockey's Player of the Week. That included his first collegiate hat trick (natural) and a game-winner during the best weekend of his collegiate career. In addition, all four assists were primary ones. Kearney (113 gp, 36-72-108) is Yale's active career assist leader but may not be the best athlete in his family. His sister, Hannah Kearney, won an Olympic gold medal in mogul skiing at the 2010 Games and is the top ranked American in that event.
 
LOTS OF LITTLE
Yale senior forward Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.) leads the team with nine goals and 19 points. Little had a four-game goal streak heading into last weekend but did not hit the net in either game. He ranks fourth in Division I for goals (.82) and second for points (1.73) while being the only Bulldog with three (PP, SH, GW) different types of goals this season. Five of his 10 assists have been primary ones. Little, who has two career hat tricks, was named one of the 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in hockey, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice. Little (106 gp, 62-56-118), who has 12 more points than games played, led the 2009-10 Bulldogs with 27 goals, a Yale record for juniors, while leading all of Division I in goals per game (.79). He was second on the team with 41 points and garnered numerous post-season honors. Little was named RBK Second-Team All-America and first-team All-ECAC, All-Ivy and All-New England. Little, a political science major, has shown the same dedication in the classroom. He owns a 3.1 GPA and has been a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team pick.
 

Recent Yale Hat Tricks
Date               Player   (Pos)                 Opponent                     Points
10/29/10         Denny Kearney (F)       Brown   #                      3-1-4
3/28/10           Mark Arcobello (F)       @ Boston College        3-3-6
2/20/10           Broc Little (F)               Clarkson                       3-1-4
3/21/09           Sean Backman (F)         Cornell                         3-0-3
2/2/07             Sean Backman   (F)       @Quinnipiac                3-0-3
12/28/07         Broc Little (F)               @Nebraska-Omaha      3-0-3
1/22/05           Brad Mills (F)                UConn                          3-0-3
1/17/04           Joe Zappala (F)              UConn                          3-1-4
12/5/03           Joe Callahan (D)            @ RPI                          3-0-3
# natural hat trick
 
BENCH LEADER
Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, is 82-50-12 as a head coach, including 9-7 in the post season. Only four other Yale hockey head coaches have more wins, and none have reached the 80-win mark faster than Allain. The former Yale goalie has led the Blue to three Ivy League titles, two ECAC regular season championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Allain, who played and worked for Tim Taylor at Yale, earned the 2008-09 Tim Taylor Award as the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year by leading the Elis to the best season in the program's history. A school-record 24 wins, Yale's first ECAC Tournament Championship and a school-best No. 5 national ranking in late March were a few reasons why he was selected. College Hockey News named him 2008-09 national coach of the year. This is Allain's 12th overall year at Yale; he spent four as a student-athlete goalie and three as an assistant coach in the 1980s. Allain, a former NHL (17 years) and Olympics (1992, 2006) assistant, was named the 11th head coach of the Yale men's ice hockey program on April 15, 2006. Allain is the second Yale graduate to take the position and the first since Holcomb York '17 led the Bulldogs from 1930 to 1938 (Lawrence M. Noble '27 coached the Elis from 1928 to 1930). The starting goalie on four Bulldog squads, Allain recorded the second-most (31) wins for a Yale netminder and ranks third at the school with 2,337 career saves. He owns four of the top 10 Yale single-game save totals, including 55 stops in a 7-3 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 28, 1978.
 
WORLD JUNIORS
Keith Allain will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. The U.S. takes part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. is aiming for its second consecutive title, having won the gold medal last year at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Allain, who reports to Buffalo on Dec. 16, owns a 9-3-2 overall record as a head coach in the event, giving him the top winning percentage (.714) of any U.S. head coach to have served on multiple teams. Former Yale mentor Tim Taylor, who coached Allain in New Haven and brought him back as an assistant coach, joins his protégé as Team USA's director of player personnel. Allain and Taylor were featured in a documentary that aired on CBS College Sports TV during the Nov. 19 Yale-Cornell broadcast.
 
ALLAIN AFTER UNION
"The game was probably a lot closer than the score indicated. We were good defensively when they had their best moments offensively. It was a nice, collective win."
 
CAPTAIN MARTIN
Captain Jimmy Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) is a defensive defenseman who has turned himself into a player with offensive potential. He notched his first goal of 2010-11 at Air Force with a nasty shot from the point that went off the crossbar. He now has six goals and 39 career points, including a career-best two goals and 17 assists last winter. Martin is a political science major who was a member of the Des Moines Buccaneers' 2007 USHL final four squad.  
 
MILLER TIME
Sophomore F Andrew Miller (45 gp, 8-43-51) picked up where he left off his rookie campaign by dishing out 14 assists in the first 11 games. Eleven of his 14 assists are primary ones. He is also hitting the net this season with three goals. Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) registered the most (34) points by a Yale rookie since Tom Walsh set the bar with 41 in 1984-85. The speedy forward was the 2008-09 USA Junior Player of the Year and 2007 Michigan High School Mr. Hockey. Last winter, he was second among conference rookies with one point per game, which also put him fourth in the country for newcomers. He ranked eighth in Division I last year with .85 assists per outing. Miller is currently seventh in the nation in points per game (1.55) and second in assists (1.27).
 
B-A-M LINE
Junior Charles Brockett (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and seniors Jeff Anderson (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Brendan Mason (Nanaimo, B.C.) are the players who form Yale's most physical line. The three have a combined 31 goals and 71 career points over 282 games, but they are better known for putting bodies on bodies rather than pucks on nets.
 
BACKSTOP BACKDROP
A pair of experienced sophomores joins Ryan Rondeau in the net mix. Jeff Malcolm (12 gp, 4.02, .837, 6-4-0) made 16 saves in the 7-4 win over Brown on Oct. 29 before stopping 25 shots in a 4-3 loss at Air Force. The Lethbridge, AB, native has allowed eight goals, including six on the power play and two with a 5-on-3 advantage. Alta Loma, Calif., resident Nick Maricic (14 gp, 2.95, .888, 7-4-2), who has not seen action this season, is the other returnee between the pipes.
 
ENGINE NO. 9
Junior F Brian O'Neill (78 gp, 35-52-87) is tied for second on the team with seven goals and ranks 12th nationally in points per game (1.45). He began 2010-11 with a 3-2-5 weekend in the two wins including a career-best 2-1-3 and the GWG against Dartmouth on Oct. 30. Last winter he led the Elis with 29 assists and 45 points while ranking seventh in the country with 1.32 PPG. One of his best plays of 2009-10 was a pass he put on Sean Backman's stick in OT that set up the winner at Cornell. He also had the tying goal in the OT draw at the Badger Showdown title game against Wisconsin. O'Neill made the 2008-09 CHN (national) and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie teams after going 12-14-26 in 2008-09.
 
FROSH
The class of 2014 includes four forwards and one defenseman. All five competed in the Northeast during 2009-10. Three of the new Elis played in the juniors (Eastern, North Atlantic) last winter while two came to Yale from New England prep schools. F Clinton Bourbonais (Colchester, Conn.), F Kenny Agostino (Flanders, N.J.) and F Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) have all found the net this season. D Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) has an assist in two games played, while F Brad Peltz (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) is looking for his first action.
 
RED LIGHT DISTRICT
The Bulldogs have 56 goals and are No. 1 in the nation with a 5.09 average after finishing first last winter with just over four.  They have scored seven goals twice, six once and five on five occasions this year.
 
GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states and three provinces. Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are represented twice each while six hail from Alberta, including a Calgary pair.
 
SHOOTERS
The Bulldogs have outshot all opponents (by 127 combined) this year after having the advantage in 26 of the 34 games last year.
 
SCORING
Eight members of the senior class have accounted for 28 goals and 70 points. The juniors (6) have hit the net 20 times with 41 points. Yale sophomores (3) have 4-22-26 while the freshman (4) have 4-4-8. Bulldog defensemen have four goals and 23 points.
SHORTY
Yale's first goal of 2010-11 was shorthanded by Broc Little, the school's career leader with six. The Elis had four SHG last winter.

BULLDOG BITES
Yale had 21 shots on goal in the first period against Colgate and SHU, three less than it got against RPI for the game... The current seniors are the only Yale class to have won all four games at Lynah Rink… The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 56-25, including 20-9 in the first… Yale is averaging 2,990 over seven home games at Ingalls Rink (3,500)… The Bulldogs have an exhibition game against a Russian national team on Dec. 29 at Ingalls. The Russian roster has yet to be determined… Former Yale skater Jeff Dwyer '04 is the director of education and recruitment for College Hockey, Inc., which was formed by the commissioners of the six Division I men's leagues to raise college hockey's profile… Twenty-one Bulldogs have points this year, 16 have goals.

UP NEXT
The Elis are off for exams and the holidays before skating against a Russian all-star team in a Dec. 29 exhibition at Ingalls Rink.
 
BULLDOGS IN THE PROS
Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this winter: Sean Backman '10 (Texas Stars, AHL), Ryan Donald '10 (Reading Royals, ECHL), Mark Acrobello '10 (Stockton Thunder, ECHL), Alec Richards '09 (Rockford Icehogs, AHL), Brennan Turner '09 (Elmira Jackals, ECHL), David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), Matt Cohen '07 (Hamburg Freezers, DEL), Brad Mills '07 (New Jersey Devils, NHL; Albany Devils, AHL), Chris Brooks '06 (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL), Chris Higgins '05 (Florida Panthers, NHL), Joe Callahan '05 (Rochester Americans, AHL), Stacey Bauman '03 (Tulsa Oilers, CHL), Jeff Hamilton '01 (HIFK Helsinki, FNL), Ray Giroux '98 (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL).
 
YALE HOCKEY BROADCASTS
The pay-per-view Yale home hockey "TV" broadcasts on yalebulldogs.com are a Yale Athletic Department production that employs students to produce, shoot and broadcast most of the action. Sam Dorward '13 is the producer and Joel Oblizalo '12 does the camera work. Evan Ellis '11 handles most of the play-by-play for the Elis as well as an interview with Coach Allain.
 
ON 'TV'
Sunday's game aired live on ESPNU with Barry Melrose and E.J. Hradek calling the action. It was the first of two Yale games on ESPNU this season. The Feb. 20 game at Princeton is also on ESPNU.  The Union game was Yale's third on the tube this season. The first was Nov. 19 at Cornell on CBS College Sports followed by a Nov. 20 game at Colgate on Time Warner Cable.
 
WYBC
The Yale student radio station formerly found on AM-1340 and on wybc.com, is only availabe via internet this season. WYBC does all home contests and a pre-game interview with Coach Allain.
 
INGALLS RENOVATIONS
Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) on Jan. 16, 2010, with ceremonies on and off the ice. The rink built in 1958 has been modernized in many ways while adding 13,000 square feet of varsity operational space. The additions include locker rooms and space for strength & conditioning (including skating treadmill), student-athlete study area, medical & training, officials, video, coaches, equipment, reception (Schley Room) and more. There are new historical displays and concession stands and bathrooms for the building nicknamed the Yale Whale because of its humpback-shaped roof.
 
NCAAS BACK AT HARBOR YARD
Yale co-hosted the 2009 East Regional at The Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, and the Bulldogs were one of the four teams to participate. The 2011 and 2012 East Regional Tournaments will also be at The Arena co-hosted by the Elis and Fairfield. This coming NCAA tourney is March 25-26. Game times on the 25th are 3 and 6:30 with a 6:30 p.m. championship contest on the 26th.
 
IN THE POLLS
For the first time in the history of the program Yale is ranked No. 1 in the nation. The two major polls have the Blue in the top spot of both after a pair of wins over nationally ranked teams last weekend. Yale, No. 2 last week, is the first ECAC team to be ranked No. 1 since Cornell entered the 2003 NCAA Tournament as its top seed. The Elis have been ranked fifth or better since the start of the 2010-11 campaign and own the nation's longest active win streak at five. The Elis received 34 of 50 first-place votes and 973 points in the uscho.com poll which put them ahead of No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth (13, 950), last week's top-ranked squad. UMD, also nicknamed the Bulldogs, split with No. 9 Denver over the weekend. The Blue had 24 of 33 first-place votes in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll. UMD had nine top votes and was second on this list as well.

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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