February 1, 2013

Bulldogs Host Hot Cats At Whale

Princeton, Quinnipiac This Weekend

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  The Bulldogs host a pair of hot cats in a big upcoming weekend of ECAC Hockey at Ingalls Rink. The Yale men's team takes on Princeton (7-8-4, 5-4-3), winners of four of its last five outings, on Friday night at 7. Quinnipiac (18-3-3, 11-0-1), owners of the nation's longest unbeaten streak and ranked No. 1 in the Pairwise, comes to the Whale on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game that airs live on CPTV Sports.    

TICKETS
A limited number of tickets are available for Friday's game, but Saturday's contest is completely sold out.
YOUTH DAY
Friday's game is Yale Hockey Youth Day. Children (12U), accompanied by parent, will be admitted free and given a team photo signed by all the Bulldogs.
WATCHING SATURDAY ON CPTV SPORTS
CPTV Sports is available on Comcast (966), Cox (805), Cablevision (139), Charter (223), Thames Valley (87) and MetroCast (418). The channel is also available digitally over the air at channels 24.3 (Hartford), 49.3 (Bridgeport), 53.3 (Norwich) and 65.3 (New Haven).

SERIES
Y-PU: Yale leads the series 132-102-9 heading into the 244th meeting. The Blue has taken four of the last five, including a pair of games in the ECAC Tournament last March.

Y-QU: The Bobcats have a 7-5-2 lead after going 1-0-1 against the Elis last winter. There have been five games decided by a goal or less in the 14 meetings. Quinnipiac has a 4-3 edge at Ingalls. Yale's offensive high came in a 7-4 win on 12-04-09; the most goals the Blue allowed was six (3 straight games).

LAST YEAR
Y-PU: The Elis took the regular-season meetings, 6-2 and 5-2 before winning two of three at home in the first round of the ECACs by a combined score of 15-10. Antoine Laganiere scored seven times against the Tigers last season, while both Jeff Malcolm and Nick Maricic each had two wins.

Y-QU: The Bobcats took the game at Ingalls, 2-1, before the teams tied 2-2 at Hamden. Jeff Malcolm (23 saves) played in New Haven, while Nick Maricic (40) got the start at Quinnipiac. Jesse Root had two of Yale's three goals.

BULLDOGS
Yale, 5-1-1 over its last seven games, has grabbed 10 conference points over the last three weekends and is alone in second place six points behind Quinnipiac and two points ahead of Union. The Bulldogs are tied with Boston College at No. 5 in the Pairwise Rankings.

 

YALE GETS SPLIT

Stu Wilson's OT goal gave the Blue a 3-2 win at Cornell last Friday. He had two on the night and Kenny Agostino added the other as Yale ran its unbeaten streak to six in a game shown live on NBC Sports Network. Agostino had the Elis' lone goal the next night in a 4-1 loss at Colgate.


TIGERS

Princeton, coming off a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon at Baker Rink, leads the country in combined special teams efficiency, primarily because its power play is at 25.0 (3rd). The Tigers are led offensively by junior F Andrew Calof (10-18-28) and sophomore F Tyler Maugeri (8-11-19). Most of the goaltending work has been done by senior Mike Condon (.920, 2.44, 5-6-3).

 

BOBCATS
Quinnipiac, entering the weekend unbeaten in 17 straight and ranked No. 2 in both media voting polls, was off last weekend and has not played since a Jan. 22 game against Connecticut. The Bobcats are led by their Hobey Baker candidate, Eric Hartzell (.934, 1.46, 18-2-3), who has the last two conference goalie of the month awards, is second in the nation in goals against and has his squad ranked second in Division I defense. F Jeremy Langlois (11-12-23) supplies most of the help at the other end, while three players – Matthew Pecca, Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Mike Dalhuisen - have seven goals each.


14TH RANK

The Elis are 14th in Division I scoring offense (3.20) and power play efficiency (21.4).  .

BULLDOG BITES
The league (Ivy) within the conference (ECAC) has Yale (5-1-0) a point ahead of Dartmouth (4-2-1), though Princeton (3-0-0) has only three games… The Bulldogs did not score on the power play last weekend… There are 9 games left in Yale's regular season… Five of Stu Wilson's eight points have come in conference games.

 

MILLER
Senior F Andrew Miller (124 gp, 33-103-136) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate. He has 9-12-21 this season and a string of 10 straight games with a point. His 12 assists (all primary) this season helped him become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career helpers. Miller, 8th on Yale's career points list, is also 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            103         2009-Pres.
 
Yale Career Points     Total    Years        Career Note
Jeff Hamilton           173         1996–01    All-American, Hobey Finalist, Scored 32 NHL goals    
Brian O'Neill             163         2008-12        All-American, Playing in AHL Manchester
Mark Kaufmann        160         1989–93    All-American, Hobey Finalist
Bob Kudelski           158         1983–87    NHL All-Star
Bob Brooke              155         1979–83    Olympian, 166 NHL points  
Broc Little                 142         2007-11        All-American, Playing in Sweden
Randy Wood            141         1982–86    All-American, 175 NHL goals
Andrew Miller            136         2009-Pres.     Recently passed Denny Kearney, Dan Poliziani

LAGANIERE
Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) is an All-America candidate who is 10th in the nation with .60 goals per game. He was ECAC Player of the Week after getting 2-3-5 against Harvard/Dartmouth on Jan. 18-19. He has 22 goals over his last 29 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 23rd in Division I with 1.15 points while leading the team with 12 goals. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (103 gp, 43-36-79), 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) is an All-America candidate who leads the team with 25 points. He had two goals last weekend at Cornell/Colgate and is riding a six-game point streak. His four-point road weekend at SLU/Clarkson earned him ECAC Player of the Week. Agostino's biggest goal of the year beat No. 2 Denver in OT on Nov. 23. He ranks 13th with 1.25 points per game in Division I and 15th with .55 goals. Agostino, featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, had 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 (84 gp, 36-48-84) has scored other significant, late goals. Last winter, he scored goals in consecutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation (win, OT loss). 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 3-2-5 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.

ELIS vs. TIGERS

Antoine Laganiere leads all Yale players against Princeton with 13 goals and 15 points. Andrew Miller has 3-13-16. Keith Allain is 14-6-1 against the Tigers.


BLUE vs.Q
Jesse Root is the only current Yale player with a goal against Quinnipiac, he got two in the last meeting. Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino each have three assists. Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm has played against 10 of the QU players before coming to New Haven. Keith Allain's record against QU is 4-5-2.

DOGS WITH CATS

Anthony Day (Y), Mitch Witek (Y) and Alex Baron (QU) were all teammates on the Waterloo Black Hawks... Colin Dueck (Y) and Russell Goodman (QU) were teammates with the Nanaimo Clippers... Cody Learned (Y), Danny Federico (QU), Matt Lemire (QU) and Zach Luczyk (QU) all played together with the Boston Junior Bruins.

 
SCORING CLASS
Yale has a team-high 23 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who have the most points on the team, are second with 19 tallies. The sophomores are third with 14 while the newcomers have hit the net eight times.

BLUE LINE
There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. The Blue blueliners have contributed seven goals and 40 points. Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience (over 100 games) 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 also been key contributor this year. Newcomers Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY) and Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) have been regulars this year, classmate Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) has seen some action.    

MALCOLM
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.75, .905, 27-19-4), a two-time ECAC Goalie of the Week this season, has started the last 11 games with 15 starts overall. His season-high is 36 saves at St. Lawrence in a 5-3 win, while his longest scoreless streak is 111:39. His best game may have been 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23. Before that, Malcolm stopped 59 of 63 shots on Nov. 9-10 and did not give up a goal on 11 penalty kills. The Yale goalie with the most minutes and saves in 2011-12 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 (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.  
 
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. Some have already distinguished themselves since arriving in New Haven: Stu Wilson has earned conference rookie of the week honors twice and is the son of RIT head coach Wayne Wilson, while Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, was featured in a bostonbruins.com video this season.
 
RANKING, POLLS
The Bulldogs are 5th in the uscho.com "Pairwise Rankings," the system that most closely resembles the NCAA Selection Committee's. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll has Yale No. 7, while the Blue is No. 8 in the uscho.com media poll.


ON TV
Yale is 3-0 playing on TV this season. The Jan. 18 Yale-Harvard game and the Jan. 25 game at Cornell aired live on the NBC Sports Network.The Quinnipiac (Feb. 22) contest is also on the network formerly known as Versus. The exhibition against the Red Stars aired on CPTV Sports, which has live coverage of the Feb. 2 home Quinnpiac contest.

RANKING OPPONENTS
The Elis are 6-0-2 overall this season against teams with national rankings the week of the game. Four (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College, Cornell) of the five wins have come on the road. The other road game was at Boston College (tie), while the Elis had home contests against St. Lawrence (win), Union (tie) and Dartmouth (win). Yale is 2-1-3 against teams currently in the uscho.com top 20 poll.
 
ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The weekend of March 22-23 marks the last time the ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend is held at Atlantic City. Next March, the conference championships are back in Lake Placid at the 1980 Rink (Brooks Arena), the site of ECAC Championships from 1993 to 2002. Yale has won a pair of conference tournament titles - 2009 at Albany and 2011 at Atlantic City.

SCHEDULE
Yale has 11 games against opponents ranked in the latest uscho.com poll. Four opponents appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four.

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
 
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)

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).
 
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 celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500) 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 55-18-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.

100 GAMES
Seniors Andrew Miller (124), Colin Dueck (106) and Antoine Laganiere (105) hit triple digits in career games this season. The school record is 138, shared by Jimmy Martin '11, Denny Kearney '11 and Brian O'Neill '12.
 
NEWTOWN
The Bulldogs are wearing a sticker with a ribbon on the back of their helmets in memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook (Newtown) School shootings. Equipment manager Jeff Torre added them to the head gear prior to the game at Boston College.

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. 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 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 is the new 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 for free at the Yale Campus youtube page or at yalebulldogs.com.

WYBC RADIO

There are now three ways to listen to WYBC's coverage of all home men's hockey games and select away games. Fans can now find the broadcasts on WYBC-AM 1340, but they can also find an online stream on WYBC.com or TuneIn.com. Plus, smartphone users can download the TuneIn app to listen to the WYBC-AM stream on their mobile device. WYBC's pregame coverage, including an interview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, will begin 15 minutes before every game only on WYBC.com, with the AM broadcast beginning just before the puck drops at the top of the hour.

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director