November 23, 2012

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  The Yale men's hockey team (3-2-1, 2-2-0 ECAC) gets its first taste of non-league competition on Nov. 23-24 with a trip to Colorado. The Bulldogs skate at No. 2 Denver (7-1) on the 23rd before heading over to No. 14 Colorado College (7-3) the following night. The Blue is coming off a 4-2 win over No. 13 St. Lawrence, while the Pioneers and Tigers square off this weekend in a home-and-home series.

 

THE SERIES

Yale looks for its first win over Denver heading into the seventh meeting of a series that began in 1951. The last game was a 3-2 OT decision at the 1996 Denver Cup. The Bulldogs and Tigers have each won eight times heading into their 17th contest of a series that started in 1940. Yale has won the last five, including a 5-1 decision at Colorado Springs in 2010.

 

YALE'S LAST ACTION

The Blue got two points out of the Nov. 9-10 weekend by knocking off St. Lawrence in the second contest, 4-2. Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) hit the net twice, while Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) and Trent Ruffolo (Coral Springs, Fla.) also scored. Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.) stopped 32 shots, including 13 in the opening frame, as SLU had a 34-32 edge overall. Yale rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Clarkson the night before at Ingalls Rink.

 

LAST MEETINGS

Denver 3, Yale 2 (OT): Dec. 28, 1996

Jeff Hamilton '00 and Keith McCullough '99 scored goals and Jeff Brow '00 handed out two assists to help send the 1996 Northwest Denver Cup Championship Game at McNichols Arena into OT. Dan Choquette '97 made 28 saves before Denver's Joe Ritson hit the net 52 seconds into the extra session.

 

Yale 5, Colorado College 1: Nov. 13, 2010

Five different Bulldogs hit the net, including Andrew Miller (2 points), and Ryan Rondeau '11 stopped 24 shots. Yale had a 40-25 advantage in shots but neither team scored a power-play goal.

 

CAPTAIN MILLER

Senior F Andrew Miller (110 gp, 26-95-121) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has two goals and six points this season and has moved up to second on Yale's career assist list. His two goals against SLU on Nov. 10 were a career-high. Miller is among a select group of college players who have more points than career games played. He has been ranked among the top 10 in Division I for assists the last three years and was voted "best passer" by his teammates the last three years. Miller, a 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, had 12-33-45 that season and was fourth in the nation in assists. More impressive was that 22 of his 33 assists were primary. The 33 helpers were second best at Yale and a sophomore school record. His best offensive weekend as a collegian came in Feb. 2011 when he hit the net three times on the weekend vs. Colgate/Cornell. As a freshman, Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), was 12th in the nation in points and registered the most (34) points by a Yale rookie in 25 years. The speedy forward was the 2008-09 USA Junior Player of the Year and 2007 Michigan High School Mr. Hockey.

 

Yale Career Assists

Bob Brooke          113         1979–83

Andrew Miller    95           2009-Pres.

 

Yale Career Points

Jeff Hamilton       173         1996–01

Brian O'Neill         163         2008-12

Mark Kaufmann    160         1989–93

Bob Kudelski       158         1983–87

Bob Brooke          155         1979–83

Broc Little             142         2007-11

Randy Wood        141         1982–86

Denny Kearney   131         2007-11

Dan Poliziani        131         1978–82

Sean Backman    126         2006-10

Bob Logan            122         1982–86

Andrew Miller    121         2009-Pres.

 
 

LAGANIERE

Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, has 14 goals over his last 15 games, including three of Yale's five scores at the Ivy Showcase. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best year with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (91 gp, 36-26-62), whose 19 goals were second on the team last season, got hot when the Blue needed it most; he had nine goals over the final nine games, including his first collegiate hat trick in game three of the Princeton 2012 ECAC playoff series. He scored shorthanded, on the power play and even-strength against the Tigers. He also had Yale's best weekend with five goals over three games, which earned him his first ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor.

 

AGOSTINO

Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) ranks 18th with 1.33 points per game in Division I. He has been one of the hottest Bulldogs the last two seasons. Agostino, featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, was third with 14 goals and 34 points in 2011-12, while he earned ECAC Player of the Week honors for his three-goal, Feb. 17-18 weekend. Agostino (70 gp, 29-38-67) pulled off a rare feat last winter by scoring goals in consecutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation, one for a win and another to send it to overtime. Agostino beat Dartmouth at Hanover with 34.8 ticks remaining, followed by a GTG against SLU with 34.2 left at home. His season-high was 2-2-4 against both UConn and Harvard at Ingalls in 2011-12. 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 in 27 years. Yale's rookie of the year in 2010-11, Agostino had 11 goals and 25 points and was the HCA National Rookie of the Month for January (8-4-12), the first Bulldog to receive that award. He was ECAC Hockey 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.

 

MALCOLM

Senior Jeff Malcolm (1.50, .949, 19-16-2) is off to a strong start this season with a 1.50 goals against (4th in Division I) and a .949 save percentage (3rd). He stopped 59 of 63 shots on Nov. 9-10 and did not give up a goal on 11 penalty kills. His 32 saves vs. SLU on Nov. 10 were a season-high. The Yale goalie with the most minutes and saves in 2011-12, he was in net for two of the more memorable events of the season: he made 27 saves in the win over Princeton in the playoff series finale and notched a shutout streak of three (Colgate, RPI, Union) games and 226:39 minutes (parts of 5 games) in November. Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.) earned ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week honors after stopping all 72 shots in wins at No. 8 Union and RPI last winter. The three straight SHOs tied the school record but fell short of the Yale record (240:53 by Ryan Rondeau '11) scoreless streak. His career-high is 45 saves against Union on Nov. 12, 2011.

 

MARICIC

Senior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) got his first start and victory in a 4-2, 25-save effort against Cornell in the fourth game of his freshman season. Since then he has compiled 737 saves and 13 wins, including some big ones down the stretch last year that helped the Blue go 3-0-1 to close the regular season. He stopped 66 of 70 shots the final weekend on the road. He saved 52 of 56 shots and held Dartmouth/Harvard scoreless on 10 of 11 advantages the week before. Maricic (3.01, .896, 13-10-4) had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.  

 

BLUE LINE

There are eight defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior three sophomores and three freshmen. Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience with junior Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) a close second. Sophomore Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn) was the team's rookie of the year in 2011-12, but classmates Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ) and Bennett Carroccio (Armonk, NY) also made contributions.   

 

COACH SAYS

"We are excited about the opportunity to play two very strong teams in two of the best college hockey venues," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, in reference to the DU and CC games. "we will be prepared to compete at our highest level."

 

FROSH

Six freshmen were in the lineup in each of the first five games, three on defense and three at forward. The eight new Bulldogs come from five different states and one province, and bring experience from the USHL (3), EJHL (2), BCHL, AJHL and a New England prep school. They range in size from 5-foot-9 to a pair of 6-foot-4 skaters, while the average weight of the class of 2016 is just over 190 pounds. There is a video feature that includes Yale rookie Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, on bostonbruins.com.

 

SCORING CLASS

Yale has seven goals each from the senior and junior classes. The sophomores are third with three while the newcomers have hit the net once.

 

BULLDOG BITES

Yale has suited up 21 skaters and two different goalies this season… The Blue is averaging 32.7 shots and 3.0 goals per game while allowing 29.7 and 2.5… Yale goals are balanced over the three periods with five in the first, seven in the second and six in the final frame.

 

SCHEDULE

Yale has 11 games against opponents ranked in the Nov. 13 uscho.com poll, including a January date against  No. 1 and defending national champion Boston College. Four teams the Elis play this season appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

 

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE

The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states, two provinces and Norway. New York and New Jersey are represented by four players from each state, while Alberta and Michigan contribute three players and Illinois has a pair.

 

BEFORE YALE

The United States Hockey League contributed nine players to the Bulldog roster. There are three from the British Columbia Hockey League, two from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.  Eleven Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools.

 

ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS

The current Yale roster is comprised of leaders and scholars. Here are some examples.

 

21        Captained a hockey team before coming to Yale

18        Captained another sports team

20        Won a scholar-athlete award

14        Graduated in top 10% of their class

10        National Honor Society Members

 4         Class Presidents

 

 

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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