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Raiders, Big Red Come to Whale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Eight teams are competing for three remaining ECAC Hockey Tournament byes with one weekend left in the regular season. The Bulldogs, tied for fourth and already having clinched a home playoff series, are among the pack looking to get a pass through the first round. Yale hosts two other teams jostling for home ice when Colgate and Cornell come to town for Senior Weekend at the Whale and a pair of 7 p.m. face-offs on Friday and Saturday.
There are a limited number of tickets available for both games. There are some GA and SRO tickets left for Friday and just SRO for Saturday.
Y-Colgate: The Raiders have a 47-42-5 edge on Yale after splitting last year's meetings and taking the earlier encounter at Hamilton. The Blue had a five-game unbeaten streak until losing at Hamilton last winter.
Y-Cornell: The Big Red has a 79-59-5 advantage dating to the first encounter in 1902, a 5-0 Yale win. Cornell swept the 2011-12 season series, ending an eight-game Bulldog win streak, but the Blue grabbed a win at Ithaca earlier this season.
Carson Cooper's goal with 1:56 left last Saturday night at Princeton gave Yale a 4-3 win, clinched an Ivy League Championship and ended a five-game skid. The freshman forward from Bow Island, Alb., crashed the net looking for a rebound from Tommy Fallen's shot as the Blue tried to complete the comeback from a late deficit. Cooper got to the puck in the slot and backhanded a 10-footer on the ice for his first collegiate tally. He was one of four Bulldogs to score, including Fallen, who had three points. Jeff Malcolm, the injured senior goalie who had missed the last five games, was back (17 saves) to lift the spirits of the Blue.
YALE IN ECAC
Four points separate second from seventh place. The Blue is tied for fourth (Dartmouth) entering the weekend at 21 points. There are three spots still available among the top four teams that will earn first-round playoff byes. Yale is a point from third (SLU) and two points from second (RPI) place.
Colgate is coming off a 4-1 win over Union and a 3-2 loss to RPI last weekend at Hamilton. The Raiders (14-14-4, 6-11-3) can finish anywhere from seventh to 12th in the standings. Four different players scored and Eric Mihalik made 35 saves in the win over the Dutchmen. A pair of rookies, Tylor Spink and Kyle Baun, lead the team with a dozen goals, while Mihalik (2.65, .905) and Spencer Finney (2.50, .911) have shared duties in net.
Cornell (11-13-3, 7-10-3) is on a four-game unbeaten streak after sweeping Union and RPI last weekend at home by a combined 8-3 score. The Big Red can finish anywhere between fourth and 11th. Junior Andy Iles (2.43, .911) has 99 percent of the Big Red goalie minutes this season, while senior Greg Miller (14-12-26) leads the team in goals and points.
Senior F Andrew Miller (131 gp, 36-105-141) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate with 12-14-26 overall this season. Miller is fourth among ECAC players in points (1.05) during conference play and had a string of 11 straight games with a point end on Feb. 2. His 14 assists (13 primary) this season helped him become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career helpers. Miller, seventh 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.
Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) has more goals (31) than any other Bulldog over the last two seasons and is second on the team with 12 this winter. Only two other players in the conference have more goals than Laganiere over the last two years. He was ECAC Player of the Week after getting 2-3-5 against Harvard/Dartmouth on Jan. 18-19. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (109 gp, 43-36-79), featured in a hockeysfuture.com article early this year, 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 2011-12 weekend with five goals over three games, which earned him his first ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor.
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) is an All-America candidate who leads the team with 29 points and is tied for fourth in the ECAC for points (1.05) in conference games. 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. Agostino 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 (91 gp, 38-50-88) 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 among D1 rookies with .86 points per game.
CLASS OF 2013
Six Yale seniors are playing their last regular season games at home this weekend. They've been part of 79 victories, two ECAC titles and three Ivy championships and had their hands in two thirds of the most successful run (2008 to 2011) in Yale hockey history. The class of 13 experienced a 2010 conference regular season title, a 2011 ECAC Tournament Championship in Atlantic City and NCAA Regional victories over North Dakota and Air Force. Five of the six were in uniform as rookies when the Elis stunned the Fighting Sioux at Worcester in arguably the most significant victory in program history. The same five wore the home white jerseys at Bridgeport a year later when the Blue, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, beat the Cadets in overtime.
Colgate 4, Yale 1 (Jan. 26, 2013): The Elis outshot the Raiders 36-32 but went scoreless on four advantages and could only manage a Kenny Agostino goal. Jeff Malcolm made 28 saves.
Yale 3, Cornell 2 OT (Jan. 25, 2013): Stu Wilson scored his second goal of the night in OT to give the Blue a come-from-behind win at Ithaca. Jeff Malcolm stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win in net.
The 2012-13 Bulldogs did something only five Yale hockey teams have done in 57 years, they swept Harvard and Princeton during the regular season. Keith Allain '80, the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Yale, had his hand on four (3 as coach, 1 as player) of the five… This is the sixth straight season the Elis have hosted a conference playoff series, the longest string in school history.
Yale (7-2-0) won its third Ivy League title in four years with one game still left to play on Saturday. The Elis have won 11 Ivy championships, including five under Keith Allain.
All four classes are now in double figures. Yale has a team-high 26 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who have the most points on the team, are second with 23 tallies. The sophomores are third with 18 while the newcomers have hit the net 11 times.
There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. The Blue blueliners have contributed 10 goals. Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience (113 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 in 2012-13, classmate Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) has also seen some action.
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.77, .904, 28-19-4), a two-time ECAC Goalie of the Week this season, started 12 straight games before suffering an injury on Feb. 1 against Princeton in the third minute of the first period. He did not dress for five straight games until Feb. 23 in the re-match at Old Nassau. Malcolm returned that night to stop 17 shots in the 4-3 win. 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.
Senior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) got three starts while Malcolm was out, including a 31-save effort in the 1-0 loss at Brown. He entered the Feb. 1 game vs. Princeton in the third minute after Malcolm was injured. He stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn the win that night, while making 21 saves in the first two periods the next night against Quinnipiac. He 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 917 saves and 15 wins. He had 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 (2.94, .897, 15-12-4) had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.
Sophomore Connor Wilson (Cary, NC), the first Carolinian on a Yale hockey roster, has two career starts. He stopped 18 of 21 shots and four of five advantages at RPI on Feb. 16.
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.
The Bulldogs, currently No. 11 in the uscho.com Pairwise Rankings, were as high as fifth at the beginning of this month. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll has Yale 14th and the uscho.com media poll lists the Blue at No. 15.
Yale is 3-3 playing on TV this season. The Jan. 18 Harvard (4-0 W) game, the Jan. 25 game at Cornell (3-2 W) and the Feb. 22 Quinnipiac contest (4-1 L) aired live on the NBC Sports Network. The exhibition against the Red Stars (10-2 W) aired on CPTV Sports, which had live coverage of the Feb. 2 home Quinnpiac (6-2 L) contest. Yale was on Time Warner Cable at Union (4-2 L) on Feb. 15.
Yale's first loss of the year against a nationally ranked team came on Feb. 2 vs. Quinnipiac. The Elis are 6-1-2 overall this season against teams with national rankings the week of the game. Four (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College, Cornell) of the 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 2-2-3 against teams currently in the uscho.com top 20 poll.
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
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 (Fabrics)
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 6-3-1 this year, 56-20-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
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.
Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton will take part in a soon-to-be named event at the Prudential Center in Trenton, N.J., home of the New Jersey Devils. The four Ivy schools will drop the puck on their regular seasons (like with the Ivy Shootout) at this two-day event.
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.
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.
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 have another in 2014.
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.
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 (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.
There are three ways to listen to WYBC's coverage of all home games and select away games. Fans can find the broadcasts on WYBC-AM 1340 (also WYBC.com or TuneIn.com). Plus, smartphone users can download the TuneIn app to listen to the WYBC-AM stream on their mobile device. The coverage, including an interview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, begins 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