Ranked Bulldogs Back For Bears on Saturday

No. 13/15 Yale With 1st of 5 Straight Home Games

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (5-2-1, 2-2-0), coming off a pair of wins in the Rocky Mountains last weekend that put it on both national polls and No. 5 in the pairwise, is back to ECAC action with a home game against Brown (3-4-2) this Saturday at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on Yale's All Access broadcast or heard on wybcx.com. 

 

TOYS, TICKETS

Tickets are available for Saturday's game, call 203.432.1400 to order now. The Yale Athletic Department, working with the Yale-New Haven Hospital, is having a toy drive that night. Bring a new (unwrapped) toy and receive one  general admission ticket.

 

THE SERIES

Yale and Brown first played in the 1897-98 season and Yale has an 88-71-8 lead, including wins in 12 of the last 16, heading into the 168th meeting. 

 

LAST MEETINGS

Yale and Brown split the 2011-12 series with the home teams coming out on top. Two goals by Brian O'Neill '12 helped the Blue win 5-3 at Ingalls. Two days later at Providence, Antoine Laganiere's four points were a game-high, but the Elis fell 6-4.

 

BEARS

Brown, coming off a 3-2 win at home against Holy Cross last weekend, is looking for its first conference win this season. The Bears have sophomore F Matt Lorito, who leads the team with six goals and seven points. Junior Marco DeFilippo (2.90, .914, 2-4-0), has all but one of the team's decisions in net, while Anthony Borelli had 21 saves and the win against the Crusaders. Brown outshot Holy Cross 54-23 and escaped with a victory.

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

Eight different Bulldogs scored as Yale knocked off a pair of ranked opponents in OT at Colorado last weekend. Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) hit the net at 3:28 of extra time at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23 to give the Blue a 2-1 victory. Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.) stopped 32 of 33 shots and blanked the Pioneers on five advantages to earn the win in net. Josh Balch (Wilmette, Ill.) scored seven seconds earlier in OT the next night to cap a late comeback in a 6-5 win at No. 14 Colorado College. Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) notched a goal and three points to help the Blue to a third straight win.

 

FRONT RANGE BULLDOGS

Yale outshot last weekend's opposition 85-67 while having an 8-6 advantage in scoring. The Blue scored twice on nine power plays while killing off seven of eight penalties. The conditioning of the Bulldogs paid dividends with 126 minutes and 49 seconds of hockey at a high altitude.

 

ROAD WARRIORS

The Blue have played two of its eight games at Ingalls Rink. Yale began with a pair of neutral site contests in the Ivy Showcase at Providence before playing at Dartmouth and Harvard. The Elis kicked off the home slate with Clarkson and SLU before taking a week off and heading to Colorado.

 

CAPTAIN MILLER

Senior F Andrew Miller (112 gp, 27-95-122) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has three goals and seven 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

Andrew Miller    122         2009-Pres.

Bob Logan            122         1982–86

 
 

LAGANIERE

Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, has 15 goals over his last 17 games, including three of Yale's five scores at the Ivy Showcase. He ranks fourth in Division I with .75 goals per game and 19th with 1.25 points. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (93 gp, 37-29-66), 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), who beat Denver with a power-play tally in OT last Friday, ranks 11th with 1.38 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 (72 gp, 30-40-70) 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 (2.80, .903, 20-16-2) is off to a strong start this season with a 2.14goals against (23rd in Division I) and a .932 save percentage (16th). It wasn't a career-high, but his 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23 may have been his best as a Bulldog. Before that, Malcolm 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 746 saves and 14 wins. His latest win required nine saves (no goals allowed) over the last 29 minutes of the 6-5 win at Colorado College on Nov. 24. He also had 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, while classmate Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ) has been in uniform for the last three games. Newcomers Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY), Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) have seen plenty of action this year.    

 

COACH SAYS

"It was a great team win. To come from behind and win it at this altitude is a testament to the preparation our guys have done with their strength and conditioning," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, after the win over Colorado College.

 

FROSH

Six freshmen have been used in a game on many occasions this season, including 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.

 
RANKING OPPONENTS

The Elis have won three straight games over ranked teams and are now 4-0 overall this season. Three (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College) of the four wins have come on the road. The other game was at home against St. Lawrence.

 

VOTERS

Yale, which has been receiving votes for national rankings the last two weeks but had yet to crack the lineup, has made both national polls this week. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll has Yale No. 13, with other ECAC members, Union, Dartmouth and Cornell among the top 15. The uscho.com list has the Blue at No. 15, while Union, Dartmouth, Cornell, Quinnipiac and Harvard are also among the top 20.

 

 USA TODAY/AMERICAN HOCKEY MAGAZINE POLL

 

Rank

School

Last  Ranking

Record

Weeks in Top 15

1

Boston College, 509 (33)

1

10-1-0

9

2

University of New Hampshire, 473 (1)

3

9-1-2

6

3

University of Minnesota, 427

4

9-2-2

9

4

Miami University, 379

5

7-2-3

9

5

University of Denver, 361

2

9-3-0

9

6

University of Notre Dame, 325

6

9-4-0

9

7

Union College, 314

8

8-2-1

9

8

University of North Dakota, 267

7

6-4-2

9

9

Boston University, 223

10

7-4-0

9

10

Western Michigan University, 193

9

6-3-1

9

11

Dartmouth College, 157

11

5-2-2

3

12

Cornell University, 115

13

4-3-2

9

13

Yale University, 87

NR

5-2-1

1

14

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 79

14

8-3-1

2

15

St. Cloud State University, 54

12

7-5-0

3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others receiving votes: Quinnipiac University, 40; Harvard University, 33; Colorado College, 13; Ferris State University, 12; Niagara University, 12; St. Lawrence University, 4; Providence College, 2; University of Michigan, 1.

 

USCHO.COM POLL

 
Team (First Place)                            Record   Pts  Last Week
 1 Boston College(49)                                          10- 1-0   999     1
 2 New Hampshire (1)                      9- 1-2   936     3
 3 Minnesota                         9- 2-2   880     4
 4 Miami                             7- 2-3   794     5
 5 Denver                            9- 3-0   786     2
 6 Notre Dame                        9- 4-0   737     6
 7 North Dakota                      6- 4-2   696     7
 8 Union                             8- 2-1   687     8
 9 Boston University                 7- 4-0   565    10
10 Western Michigan                  6- 3-1   532     9
11 Dartmouth                         5- 2-2   448    11
12 Cornell                           4- 3-2   371    13
13 Nebraska-Omaha                    8- 3-1   366    15
14 St. Cloud State                   7- 5-0   347    12
15 Yale                              5- 2-1   291    NR
16 Quinnipiac                        8- 3-2   226    18
17 Ferris State                      6- 4-2   205    16
18 Colorado College                  7- 6-1   194    14
19 Harvard                           4- 3-0   193    17
20 Niagara                           8- 2-3   134    20
Others receiving votes: Providence 23, Michigan 22, Alaska
19, St. Lawrence 18, Holy Cross 15, Northern Michigan 4,
Ohio State 4, Massachusetts 3, Minnesota State 2,
Northeastern 2, Massachusetts-Lowell 1.
 
 

SCORING CLASS

Yale has a team-high 10 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with nine tallies. The sophomores are third with five while the newcomers have hit the net twice.

 

BULLDOG BITES

It's a bit early to be thinking power rankings and post season, but it's hard not to notice that Yale is No. 5 and that there are three ECAC teams in the top 10… The Elis rank 13th in Division I with 3.25 goals per game. They are 20th in penalty minutes (13.8), 29th in defense (2.62) and 31st in power-play scoring (17.1)…  Clinton Bourbonais (Dexter, Mich.) is 16th in the nation with .86 assists per game… Five different Bulldogs have game-winning goals… New Hampshire was Yale's travel partner in Colorado and combined with the Bulldogs to go 3-0-1 on the trip.

 

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

 

 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

 
 

SURVEY SAYS

The Yale players were surveyed about each other, and here are the results:

 

Strongest player (pound for pound):                               8 Josh Balch

Fastest on skates:                                                                22 Tommy Fallen

Hardest Shot:                                                       28 Antoine Laganiere

Best fore-checker:                                               20 Jesse Root

Best Passer:                                                          17 Andrew Miller

Best Singer:                                                           21 Colin Dueck

Sense of Humor:                                                                 20 Jesse Root

Biggest Appetite:                                                 15 Clint Bourbonais

Most Soft Spoken:                                              21Colin Dueck

Most Talkative:                                                                   20 Jesse Root

Player you would want your sister to date:                  21 Colin Dueck

Best Dressed:                                                        17 Andrew Miller

Most Likely to be a Head Coach:                                 2 Gus Young

Most Unique Hobby:                                          17 Andrew Miller (Fabric Collector)

 

AFTER THIS WEEKEND

Defending ECAC champion Union and travel partner RPI come to Ingalls for a conference set next weekend.

MAJORS

Of the 18 Yale players who have decided on majors, six plan on earning degrees in political science. Three Elis have unique majors among teammates: Clinton Bourbonais (biomechanical engineering), Nick Maricic (philosophy) and Colin Dueck (psychology).

 

BULLDOGS PLAYING PRO

Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season.

 

Brian O'Neill '12 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)

Nick Jaskowiak '12 (Klostersee EHC, GerObL)           

Chad Ziegler '12 (Augusta Riverhawks, SPHL)           

Denny Kearney '11 (Louisiana IceGators, SPHL)

Broc Little '11 (AIK, SEL)

Jimmy Martin '11 (Florida Everblades, ECHL)

Mike Matczak '11 (Manchester Monachs, AHL)

Ken Trentowski '11 (Danbury Whalers, FHL)

Sean Backman '10 (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL)

Ryan Donald '10 (Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL)

Mark Arcobello '10 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL)

David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)

Brad Mills '07 (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL)

Joe Callahan '05 (Abbotsford Heat, AHL)

 

HARBOR YARD

Yale and Fairfield co-hosted three (2009, 2011, 2012) of the last four NCAA East Regional Tournaments at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Bulldogs competed in two (2009, 2011) of the three at the arena. The two schools announced in November that they have another in 2014. 

 

INGALLS

Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) on Jan. 16, 2010. The rink built in 1958 has been modernized  while adding 13,000 square feet of 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 and more. There are new historical displays, concession stands and bathrooms for the building nicknamed the "Whale" because of its humpback-shaped roof.

 

WHALE OF A TIME

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 in 2010-11, finished 10-7 last year. The Bulldogs are 51-17-3 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.

 

ATTENTION MEDIA

Here are some important things to know if you are covering the Bulldogs or just working a game at Ingalls. Interviews: 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. Parking: The same list is used for PARKING in the garage (entrance off Prospect Street) behind the rink.

YALE ALL ACCESS

The Yale All-Access team is entirely comprised of students. Max Valenstein '13 returns for his second season of color commentary, while Addie Adams '15 replaces Evan Ellis '12 as the voice of Yale Hockey.  Behind the scenes, Patrick Ouziel '13, Taylor Stib '15, Daniel Stern '16 and Sam Dorward '13 work on the production. Since it began broadcasting hockey in 2010, YAA has grown exponentially and now averages about 1,000 viewers per broadcast. Broadcasts can be viewed online for free at the Yale University Campus youtube page or at yalebulldogs.com.

WYBC

WYBC Yale Radio has broadcast Yale hockey games for decades. A completely student-run operation, the broadcasts are organized by John Ryan '14 and Evan Frondorf '14, who also will serve as on-air talent this season along with Konrad Coutinho '13, Nell Meosky '14, Arturo Schultz '14, and Alex Eppler '16. WYBC will broadcast all home games and select road games, each with a pre-game inteview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, and all live coverage can be heard online at wybc.com.

 
 
 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director