Capitol District Duo Come To Town

RPI, Union Come to Whale

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15Yale men's hockey team (6-2-1, 3-2-0), on a four-game win streak that has moved it to No. 4 in the Pairwise Rankings, hosts the Capitol District Duo in a pair of 7 p.m. ECAC games at Ingalls Rink this Friday and Saturday. Rensselaer (3-6-3, 0-5-1) and defending conference champion No. 12 Union (8-3-2, 3-2-1) come to New Haven seeking important conference points in games that can be seen live on Yale's All Access broadcast or heard on wybcx.com.

 

VS. UNION
The Elis have a 21-16-3 lead in a series that began in 1991-92, the year Union replaced Army in ECAC Hockey. The teams split the last two seasons, but the Blue has won two of the last three at Ingalls. In Yale's win at Union last season, Jeff Malcolm stopped a career-high 45 shots in a shutout.

VS. RPI
The Bulldogs and Engineers first played in 1908-09 and RPI has a 51-38-6 lead. The teams split the series the last two years with visitors winning both times in 2011-12.  Jeff Malcolm stopped 27 shots and got goals from Josh Balch and Clinton Bourbonais in a 2-0 win at Troy last year.

 

LAST YEAR

RPI took a 2-1 game at Ingalls Rink despite being outshot 46-18. Yale grabbed the game at Troy, 2-0, while blanking the Engineers on six advantages. Union beat Yale 3-1 at the Whale to avenge a 4-0 Bulldog victory at Schenectady. The Dutchmen outshot the Blue in both games.

 

BULLDOGS

Yale, coming off a 4-3 comeback win over Brown at home last Saturday, erased 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to earn the win. Antoine Laganiere, who had two goals and three points, scored the winner in the second period, while Jeff Malcolm got the win in relief by making 22 saves and blanking the Bears in the third frame. The Elis rank eighth in power play (23.8) after netting a season-high four against Brown. They are 10th in offense (3.33) and 27th on defense (2.67) with a penalty-kill unit ranked 16th (86.8).

 

UNION

The Dutchmen, who made it all the way to the Frozen Four last year, got off to another hot start this season. Union has had a pair of three-game win streaks but is coming off a loss to Quinnipiac and a tie against Princeton last weekend at home. Senior F Wayne Simpson leads the team with seven goals, but classmate Kyle Bodie has a team-best 16 points. Junior goalie Troy Grosenick (2.26, .918), the All-American, Hobey Baker finalist and Ken Dryden Award winner who played against Yale both times last season, has nine of the 13 decisions this year and is the likely Saturday starter. Union is second in Division I in offense (3.77), third in power play (27.1) and fifth on the penalty kill (91.8).

 

RPI

Sophomore Jacob Laliberte leads the Engineers with five goals and 12 points, while senior defenseman Nick Bailen is second with 4-6-10. A rookie, a sophomore and a senior have shared the netminding chores. Bryce Merriam (3.47, .889), the veteran who played against Yale in both games last year, has most of the work this season, though newcomer Jason Kasdorf (1.47, .940) has more conference game time. RPI is coming off a tie and a loss last weekend at home with the Bobcats and Tigers.

 

CAPTAIN MILLER

Senior F Andrew Miller (113 gp, 28-97-125) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has 4-6-10 this season and is closing in on his 100th career assist. 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. His two goals against SLU on Nov. 10 this year were a career-high. 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 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    97           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    125         2009-Pres.

Bob Logan            122         1982–86

 

LAGANIERE

Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), who leads the nation with .89 goals per game, has 17 goals over his last 18 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks seventh in Division I with 1.44 points while leading the team with eight goals and 13 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), featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, 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 No. 2 Denver with a power-play tally in OT on Nov. 23, ranks seventh with 1.44 points per game in Division I (11th with .67 goals). 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 (73 gp, 31-41-72) 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 (2.77, .904, 21-16-2) came off the bench in the first period last Saturday with his team down 2-0 and stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 4-3 Yale win over Brown. Malcolm, who has six starts this year, is off to a strong start this season with a 2.04goals against (15th in Division I) and a .935 save percentage (11th). 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 751 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 (3.00, .895, 14-10-4) had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.  

 

BLUE LINE

There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two 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 SAID

"We played really well. We had a good start despite falling behind. We stuck with it and played better in the second period, which caused us to draw some of the penalties," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, after last Saturday's game against Brown. "They (Brown) really pushed hard at the end. They were taking chances offensively, which is what teams do when they are behind. We did a good job of back-checking and covering sticks in front of the net. Jeff Malcolm did a heck of job for us in the third period."

 

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. One of those big guys is Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick featured in a bostonbruins.com video this season.

 

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. The next ranked opponent on the schedule is Union Saturday night.

 

RANKING, POLLS

The Bulldogs went from No. 5 to fourth in the Pairwise Rankings after winning last week. This is the second straight week Yale has been voted into the two national polls. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll had Yale No. 13 last week and bumped the Blue to No. 15. The uscho.com list has the Blue at No. 15 for the second week.

 

SCORING CLASS

Yale has a team-high 13 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with 10 tallies. The sophomores are third with five while the newcomers have hit the net twice.

 

BULLDOG BITES

The Bulldogs scored four power-play goals on seven attempts. It was the most PPG in a game since the 2009-10 team had five at home against the Bears…  Andrew Miller had a game-high seven shots on goal against Brown… Yale is in the middle of a five-game homestand that concludes with an exhibition game against the Russian Red Stars on Dec. 28… Yale has three games planned for NBC Sports Network: Jan. 18 vs. Harvard, Jan. 25 at Cornell and Feb. 22 at Quinnipiac.

 

SCHEDULE

Yale has 11 games against opponents ranked in the Dec. 4 uscho.com poll, including a January date against No. 2 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

Hockey East meets ECAC when UMass is at Ingalls Rink on Dec. 11. This is the last Yale game until the Russian Red Stars come to New Haven on Dec. 28.

 

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 including three with the AHL Manchester Monarchs.

 

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 52-17-3 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

 

Kenny Agostino image by Steve Conn