Bulldogs Go To SHU Before Hosting BC

Jesse Root (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jesse Root (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's hockey team (5-1-1, 3-1-0 ECAC), coming off a non-league home win on Saturday, completes a string of three out-of-conference games by playing at Sacred Heart (0-11-0) Tuesday night and then hosting No. 5 Boston College (9-4-0) Saturday afternoon. The No. 8 Bulldogs drop the puck against the Pioneers at 7 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Eagles come to Ingalls Rink Saturday at 4 p.m. Both games can be seen on the home school's online, pay-per-view broadcast. There are tickets available for Tuesday night, but the BC game is completely sold out.

Yale has won both meetings with the Pioneers and has a 13-3 scoring advantage. This is the third straight year they have met but the first time away from Ingalls Rink.

Yale, ranked No. 3 at the time, scored three power play goals on the way to a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart before 2,913 at Ingalls Rink a year ago. Chad Ziegler had a career-high two goals while Broc Little and Denny Kearney each had a goal and two assists. The Elis outshot SHU 44-23. Ryan Rondeau made 22 saves while Sacred Heart's Steven Legatto stopped 39 shots.

The Eagles have dominated (42-11, last three) this series heading into the 54th meeting. Recent contests have been close calls; four goals separated the teams in the last three outings.

Boston College, on the way to a 2010 national title, and Yale played one of the highest scoring NCAA Tournament games ever, a 9-7 Eagles win before 6,054 at the DCU Center in the NCAA Northeast Regional final. Mark Arcobello had three goals and three assists, Brian O'Neill had two goals and two assists and Andrew Miller dished out four helpers. Three different players spent time in the Yale net, while John Muse gave up all seven Eli tallies before leading his team to the Frozen Four title. Cam Atkinson led the BC attack with three tallies.

Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) doubled his goal and assist total by hitting the net twice and handing out a pair of primary helpers Yale's 5-3 win over Connecticut before 3,386 at Ingalls Rink last Saturday. The second-year Bulldog tallied in the first and then hit the net for the winner in the third to help his squad win a fourth straight game. Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) had a goal and two assists and Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich) had three assists while their team outshot the Huskies 49-21. The Blue scored twice on six man-advantages and got 18 saves from Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, AB).  

Sacred Heart, coming off a loss to UConn, seeks its first win of the year. Rookie forward Brian Sheehan leads the team with five goals and nine points while a freshman (Andrew Bodnarchuk) and a junior (Steven Lagatto) have shared the net duties. The Pioneers are coached by former Yale associate head coach C.J. Marottolo.

Boston College has already enjoyed a six-game win streak this season that came to an end with a 4-2 loss at UMass on Nov. 5. The Eagles, losers of three of the last four, were stunned (3-2 Loss) in OT at Notre Dame on Nov. 18. BC freshman F Johnny Gaudreau scored with 2:10 left in the third to force OT and then the Irish found the net with 1.1 seconds left in the extra frame. Junior F Chris Kreider (9-8-17), one of nine NHL draft picks who have skated for BC this year, leads the team in scoring. Junior Parker Milner (.909, 2.36, 9-4) has all of the work in goal this season. Jerry York, in his 40th season as a college head coach and 18th at BC, is the active NCAA leader in wins including four national titles.

Junior Jeff Malcolm had his shutout streak stop at three games and 226:39 minutes when UConn got one past him early in the third period. He was named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week after stopping all 72 shots in a pair of Yale shutouts at No. 8 Union and RPI on Nov. 11-12. Malcolm, who has been in the Yale goal all seven games, tied (Ryan Rondeau, 2010-11) a Yale record with three straight shutouts. His scoreless streak fell short of the 240:53 by Rondeau. Two of the three Malcolm shutouts were on the road, all three were in league play, including his first career blanking on Nov. 5 against No. 18 Colgate (39 saves). His career record is 11-5-1 with a 2.56 GAA and three shutouts. Malcolm has a 1.56 GAA with a .950 SP this year.

The five goals against UConn were a season-high… Yale is one of four ECAC teams listed in the uscho.com Division I national rankings. Union, Colgate and Cornell are the others… Eleven different Bulldogs have found in the first seven games.

Junior F Andrew Miller (77 gp, 17-67-84) leads the Blue with five assists after a triple-helper night against UConn.  Miller, a 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, was voted "best passer" by his teammates last season while he had 12-33-45. He was No. 4 in the nation with .97 assists per game (tops in ECAC). More impressive is that 22 of his 33 assists were primary ones. His team-high 33 helpers (2nd best at Yale and five behind Mark Kaufmann '93) were a sophomore school record while 45 points were second on the team. He probably had his best offensive weekend as a collegian on Feb. 25-26 when he hit the net three times against Colgate/Cornell combined. Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was 12th in the nation with 1.29 points per contest and registered the most (34 as a freshman) 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. In 2009-10 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 that year with .85 assists per outing.

Yale's captain, Brian O'Neill (110gp, 51-72-123), leads the team with three goals and six points. He was a 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC selection and has led the team in scoring the last two seasons. His best night was a hat trick at Clarkson on Feb. 12, 2011. He ranked 15th nationally with 1.29 points per game last year. He began 2010-11 with a 3-2-5 weekend in the two wins including 2-1-3 and the GWG against Dartmouth on Oct. 30. The year before, he led the Elis with 29 assists and 45 points while ranking seventh in the country with 1.32 PPG. O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) made the 2008-09 CHN (national) and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie teams after going 12-14-26.

The Bulldogs also have junior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) and freshman Connor Wilson (Cary, NC) competing for playing time. Maricic (2.29, .890 career) last played in the third period of the 2011 NCAA East Regional final.

There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster: two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and three freshmen. Three of the seven have a depth of experience. Seniors Kevin Peel (Onoway, Alb.) and Nick Jaskowiak (Bloomington, Minn.) have been regulars since arriving in New Haven. Junior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) became a mainstay last winter and sophomore Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) has seen action in every game this season.   

Yale sophomore forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) had two goals and four points in the win over UConn but that wasn't his career-high. Agostino became the first Yale newcomer in 30 years to record five points in one game on Jan. 2, 2011. He notched three goals and two assists against Holy Cross and became the school's first freshman to tally five points since former Olympian and NHL star Bob Brooke '83 established the school rookie record against Dartmouth in 1980. Yale's rookie of the year last winter after scoring 11 goals and 25 points, Agostino was the HCA National Rookie of the Month for January (8-4-12), the first Bulldog to receive that award. He was ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Rookie of the Week on Jan. 23 (3 goals vs. Clarkson/SLU), becoming the only Bulldog to earn conference rookie honors in 2010-11. The former Delbarton School star had a goal and three assists before the holiday break, and 10 goals and 11 assists after. He ranked 11th nationally among rookies with .86 points per game.
Senior F Dan Otto (Lake Zurich, Ill.) notched his first two collegiate goals at Union on Nov. 12 after battling injuries the last three years that prevented him from playing a regular season contest. Otto has played in every game this year.

The Yale roster includes players from 13 different states and three provinces. New York and Minnesota are represented by three players from each state while Alberta brings in four players.

The United States Hockey League contributed 10 players to the Bulldog roster. There are four from the British Columbia Hockey League, one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and another from the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Ten Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools.

There is one new face on the Yale bench this season, Dennis "Red" Gendron, who replaced Kyle Wallack as the Bulldogs' associate head coach. Dennis "Red" Gendron, an assistant at the University of Massachusetts the last six seasons and a former University of Maine coach from 1990 to 1993. He helped the Black Bears win a 1993 NCAA Championship before working in the New Jersey Devils organization.

There are 22 former Yale hockey players skating professionally, including eight from the class of 2011. Here are the Bulldog pros, youngest to oldest. Chris Cahill '11(AHL, Milwaukee Admirals), Denny Kearney '11(ECHL, Trenton Titans), Broc Little '11 (HockeyAllsvenskan in Sweden, VIK Västerås HK), Jimmy Martin '11(ECHL, Bakersfield Condors), Brendon Mason'11 (Division 1-series in Sweden, Nybro Vikings), Mike Matczak '11 (ECHL, Kalamazoo Wings), Ryan Rondeau '11 (CHL, Laredo Buck), Ken Trentowski '11 (SPHL, Augusta Riverhawks), Sean Backman '10 (AHL, Bridgeport Sound Tigers), Ryan Donald '10 (Charlotte Checkers, AHL), Mark Acrobello '10 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL), Alec Richards '09 (Rockford Icehogs, AHL), Brennan Turner '09 (Dundee Stars, EIHL), David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), Matt Cohen '07 (Fife Flyers, EIHL), Brad Mills '07 (New Jersey Devils, NHL), Chris Brooks '06 (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL), Chris Higgins '05 (Vancouver Canucks, NHL), Joe Callahan '05 (Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL), Stacey Bauman '03 (Tulsa Oilers, CHL),  Jeff Hamilton '01 (HIFK Helsinki, FNL), Ray Giroux '98 (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL).
Three players on the current Yale roster have been drafted by NHL teams: Gus Young (Colorado, 7th, 184, 2009); Kenny Agostino (Pittsburgh, 5th, 140, 2010); Brad Peltz (Ottawa, 7th, 190, 2009).

The Yale men have left a mark on Division I over the last three seasons under Keith Allain '80, the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey. The combined statistics from 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 make the last three years the best in the history of the sport in New Haven and among the best in the nation over that span.

The Numbers From 2008-11

Overall Record:            73-25-6 (.729)    
ECAC Record:            47-14-5 (.749)    
Scoring:                405 goals, 104 games (3.89)
All-Americans:            4
All-ECAC:            8
All-Ivy League:            10

    Top Winning Percentage in Division I
    Two-time Division I Scoring Leader (2009-10, 2010-11)
    Led nation in scoring defense 2010-11
    2 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championships (2009, 2011)
    2 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Titles (2008-09, 2009-10)
    3 Ivy League Titles
    3 NCAA Tournament Appearances
    2 NCAA Regional Final Appearances (2010, 2011)
    School-record 28 wins (2010-11)
    10 All-Ivy League Selections
    8 All-ECAC Hockey Selections
    4 All-America Selections
    2 Hockey Commissioners Association Players of the Month

The Nov. 4 Cornell game at Ingalls was on CBS Sports Network, the first of three TV games including Yale this month. Time Warner Cable did both the Nov. 11 and 12 games at RPI and Union. Other TV games planned are Jan. 27 at Harvard (NBC), Feb. 17 Dartmouth (NBC) and Feb. 25 at Quinnipiac (SNY).

Pay-per-view broadcasts of Yale hockey regular season home games are available on yalebulldogs.com. The Yale Athletic Department production is almost entirely student run: Sam Dorward '13 is the producer; Tom Stokes  '12 and Patrick Ouziel '13 are the cameramen; Evan Ellis '12, the Voice of Yale Hockey, and Max Valenstein '13 are the broadcasters.

The Yale student radio station formerly found on AM-1340 and on wybc.com, is only available via internet this season. WYBC does most of the home contests and a pre-game interview with Coach Allain.
Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) on Jan. 16, 2010. 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.

The Whale (Ingalls Rink) has been a tough place for visitors in recent years. Yale, which enjoyed its first undefeated (15-0-1, only Division I team to do that) regular season at Ingalls last winter, finished 17-1-1 at home. That is the most wins ever in New Haven for a Yale team (The Blue went unbeaten at New Haven in 1928-29). The Bulldogs are 42-10-3 over the last three-plus seasons at the Whale and 12-10-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.

Ingalls Rink was sold out for the last 12 games of the 2010-11 regular season and the first two games this season. The Nov. 26 Boston College game is already sold out, while only G.A. and S.R.O. tickets remain for contests with Harvard and Dartmouth.

Yale and Fairfield hosted the 2009 and 2011 NCAA East Regional Tournaments in Bridgeport at Webster Bank's Arena at Harbor Yard, and the Bulldogs participated in both. The 2012 East Regional is also slated for the Yard, which has also hosted numerous NCAA post-season events.

Here are some important things to know if you are covering the Bulldogs or just working a game at Ingalls.

Yale head coach Keith Allain and select players are available on a semi-regular basis each week at Ingalls Rink, typically Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. If you would like to attend these informal media sessions, please contact Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn. Post-game interviews with Yale personnel are conducted in one  of the youth locker rooms at ice level on the home side of the building. Let Steve Conn know who you would like to speak with immediately after the game.

Media Gate List
Attendants stationed at the front and back of the rink have a media gate list to check off your name. The same list is used for PARKING in the garage (entrance off Prospect Street) behind the rink.