Bulldogs, UML in Frozen 4 Semi Thursday

Yale Back in National Semis After 61 Years

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team, coming off wins over a pair of national powers at the West Regional, takes on an Eastern powerhouse in its first national semifinal contest in 61 years. The Bulldogs (20-12-3) and UMass Lowell (28-10-2) meet at 4:30 p.m. on April 11 in the first game of the 2013 Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The contest airs live on ESPN2, AM-1340 (WYBC) and on Sirius/XM channel 91.

 

FROZEN FOUR

Yale, currently ranked fourth in the USA Today Poll, is the 15th overall seed in the NCAA field. The Bulldogs face the No. 2 River Hawks. The other semifinal pits top-ranked Quinnipiac (29-7-5) vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State (25-15-1) at 8 p.m.. It's the first "Frozen Four" trip for all four teams, though the Elis played in the 1952 semifinals.

YALE FAN FROZEN FOUR INFORMATION

The Yale Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the following information for fans looking to support the Yale men's ice hockey team at next weekend's Frozen Four.

Viewing Party on Thursday, April 11 

Yale Athletics will host a special viewing party for all fans interested in watching the Yale men's ice hockey team play UMass-Lowell in a NCAA Tournament Semifinal game. The viewing party will be held in the John J. Lee Amphitheater, located inside Payne Whitney Gym. 

Food, beverages, and snacks will be provided. Free admission!

 

Frozen Four Ticket Information  

All-session tickets (valid for admission to both Semifinal games on Thursday, April 11 and the Championship game on Saturday, April 13) cost $200 each. Tickets purchased through the Yale ticket office will be located in Section 109 or 110 at the Consol Energy Center.  

 

Starting at 9am on Wednesday, April 3rd, Frozen Four tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for: 

  • 2012-13 Yale men's hockey season ticket holders

Season ticket holders can purchase one Frozen Four ticket for each 2012-13 season ticket purchased, up to a maximum of 4 tickets. (i.e. if a season ticket holder has 2 season tickets, he or she can purchase 2 Frozen Four tickets; if a season ticket holder has 6 season tickets, he or she can purchase 4 Frozen Four tickets). 

 

All orders must be placed before 12pm on Thursday, April 4; these tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 2012-13 Yale Hockey Association donors

Yale Hockey Association donors ($250+) can purchase up to 2 Frozen Four tickets. 

 

All orders must be placed before 12pm on Thursday, April 4; these tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  •  Yale Students

100 tickets will be made available for purchase by current Yale students. There will be a limit of 1 ticket per student.

 

All orders must be placed before 12pm on Thursday, April 4; these tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

If any tickets remain at the end of the day on Thursday, April 4, they will then be released for sale to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Friday, April 5 at 9am.

 

To place your order, please contact the Yale Athletics Ticket Office at: 

  • 203-432-1400

athletic.tickets@yale.edu

 

ELI SLATE
The Bulldogs travel on Tuesday, April 9, to Pittsburgh before things get busy on Wednesday. The Elis have a 9:30 am. session with ESPN and Dial Global Sports Radio before an 11-12 practice slot that is open to the media. Yale's press conference is from 12:35 to 1:05 and then the team is done at the arena for the day. The Blue does have a 6 p.m. Frozen Four Reception at Heinz Field, followed by a practice (closed) on game day at 8:30 a.m.

RIVER HAWKS
UML, unbeaten in its last seven and the No. 1 seed at the Northeast Regional, beat Wisconsin and New Hampshire to advance to its first Frozen Four. The River Hawks, who finished first in the regular season and then won the Hockey East Tournament, are third in Division I scoring defense, led by freshman goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who leads the nation with a .953 save percentage, a 1.31 GAA and six shutouts. UML has five skaters with double-digit goals including sophomore Scott Wilson (16-21-37).

YALE-UMASS LOWELL
UML has won eight of the 11 meetings (all regular season) with Yale since the first in 1982. The last meeting was a 2-1 River Hawks win at Ingalls Rink in 1999.  The two schools shared six opponents this winter: Denver, Colorado College, Boston College, UMass, Harvard and Clarkson. UML was 8-3 against them while Yale went 6-1-1.

VS. OTHERS
St. Cloud took the only (2004, 10-0) meeting nine years ago at New Haven. Quinnipiac is 10-5-2 against Yale, including three wins this winter.    

MILLER
Senior F Andrew Miller (139 gp, 40-112-152) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate with a career-high 16-21-37 overall this season. Miller is 20th in Division I with 1.06 points per game including seven in the 2013 post season. Miller is 26th with .46 goals per game. He had a string of 11 straight games with a point end on Feb. 2, while his 21 assists (18 primary) this season helped him become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career helpers. Miller, a first-team All-ECAC pick and the 2012-13 Ivy League Player of the Year, who is sixth 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 in three of his four seasons 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 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.


LAGANIERE
Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) has more goals (33) than any other Bulldog over the last two seasons and is third on the team with 14 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 (117 gp, 45-38-83), a second-team All-Ivy pick 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.
 
AGOSTINO
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) is an All-America candidate who leads the team with 40 points and is 14th in Division I with 1.14 points per game (20th in assists, .66). Agostino had two goals and three points at the West Regional and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. 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, a second-team All-ECAC pick this winter, 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 (97 gp, 42-56-99), one point shy of triple digits for his career, has scored 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, finishing 11th among D1 rookies with .86 points per game.

YALE IN NCAAs
Yale is 5-5 in NCAA Tournament games that cover six seasons. Yale went to three straight national tournaments from 2009 to 2011. It came within a game of the Frozen Four twice (2010, 2011), losing to the eventual national champion (Boston College, Minnesota-Duluth) both times. The Blue was one of two teams representing the East at the 1952 national championships. Beating North Dakota gave Yale its first regional championship and its first "Frozen Four" appearance. Yale's all-time NCAA results are included in the release.

HOW YALE GOT TO NCAAs
The Bulldogs finished the regular season 16-10-3, including important non-league wins at Denver and Colorado College and a tie at Boston College, and then swept St. Lawrence in the ECAC Quarterfinals at New Haven. It turns out those two wins at Ingalls Rink were crucial. Yale fell to defending champion Union in the conference semifinals before top-ranked Quinnipiac beat the Bulldogs in the third-place game at Atlantic City.

ROOT
The only Pennsylvania native on the Yale roster is Pittsburgh's Jesse Root (90 gp, 20-34-54). The junior center, who earned West Regional MVP honors, scored the OT winner against the Gophers and had the GWG in the third period comeback against North Dakota. Two of his four GWG this season came at the regional, and he now has 11 goals and 22 points this season. The political science major played on the 2006 state championship Mt. Lebanon High School team before going to Taft School. Root's cousin is NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and his grandfather played baseball in the Phillies' organization and was a B-26 gunner in WWII.

WEST REGIONAL
Yale swept the WCHA by beating No. 1 Minnesota 3-2 in OT before knocking off No. 7 North Dakota on March 29-30. Those two opponents had combined for 12 national championships and 39 Frozen Four appearances, but the Bulldogs outshot them 64-53 combined while five different players scored. Pittsburgh native Jesse Root, the regional MVP, and junior classmate Kenny Agostino, also an All-West Regional pick, had two goals each. At the other end, senior goalie Jeff Malcolm stopped 50 of 53 shots against two of the nation's best offenses.

WINNING THE WEST
The Elis had a 2-0 lead against the Gophers in the semifinal before giving up a pair of third-period tallies. Root lost the face-off to start overtime, but headed for the net when Agostino, Yale's leading scorer, grabbed a turnover behind the UM goal. Root, taking a crossing back pass from his linemate, found the net nine seconds after the puck dropped for the fastest OT goal in NCAA Tournament history. Plenty of people in the arena had not taken their seats and missed the goal. Most of the Minnesota bench did not see their season come to an end. Yale went scoreless for the first 52 minutes the next night and trailed 1-0 before exploding for four goals, including the game-winner by Root in the third. Two of the Yale goals were assisted by junior forward Anthony Day. Malcolm stopped 24 shots, but the entire defense deserved the credit. UND attempted 54 shots (compared to Yale's 87) and only 25 were on target.

CLASS OF 2013
Six Yale seniors have been part of 85 victories, three NCAA Tournaments (4 wins), two ECAC titles and three Ivy championships while having their hands in two of the three most successful teams in Yale hockey history. The class of 13 experienced a 2010 conference regular season title, a 2011 ECAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Regional victories over North Dakota (twice), Air Force and Minnesota.

CONFERENCE & LEAGUE
The Bulldogs finished third in ECAC Hockey with a 12-9-1 mark and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They have won two conference tournament titles and two regular-season championships. Yale (8-2-0) won its third Ivy League title in four years by defeating Princeton on Feb. 23. The Elis have won 11 Ivy championships, including five under Keith Allain.
 
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 (121 games) with junior Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) second at 75. Sophomore Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn), the team's rookie of the year in 2011-12, leads the defenseman with 7-16-23 and ranks 22nd among Division I defensemen for points per game. Classmate Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ), who skated at forward during the two West Regional games, has also been key contributor this year. Boston Bruins' draft picks Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY), ECAC All-Rookie Team selection Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.), and Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) are the newcomers who have made an impact. The Blue blueliners have contributed 13 goals.    


SCORING CLASS
All four classes are now in double figures. Yale has a team-high 34 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who accounted for five of Yale's seven goals at the West Regional, are second with 33 tallies. The sophomores are third with 19 while the newcomers have hit the net 13 times.

MALCOLM
Two impressive performances in the West Regional have put senior Jeff Malcolm (2.66, .905, 34-21-4 career) atop a special Yale hockey list. He helped hold the nation's top offensive team to two goals in the semifinal and then stopped all but one shot in the final. Ryan Rondeau '11 was the only other Yale goalie with two NCAA wins. Malcolm, who stopped seven of eight power plays at Grand Rapids, was a two-time ECAC Goalie of the Week this season. He 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 (all losses) until Feb. 23 in the re-match at Princeton. Malcolm returned that night to stop 17 shots in the 4-3 win, the first of five straight Yale victories. 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. His most impressive feat as a junior was 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 in 2011-12. 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, and his five career SHO are second at Yale.
 
MARICIC
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.  

BULLDOG BITES
Stu Wilson had 1-2-3 at the West Regional… Yale is 1-0-1 against Hockey East schools this year (tie with BC, win over UMass)… This is Yale's fourth 20-win season in five years and the sixth overall; the Blue had just two before 2008-09… This is the first time the Frozen Four has included two current members of ECAC Hockey… The last time Yale played in Pennsylvania was a 2006 game at Mercyhurst. The last time the Blue played in Pittsburgh was a pair of games against Canada's Queen's College in January of 1925… The last time the Bulldogs played at an NHL arena was the 1996 Denver Cup at McNichols Arena, home of the Denver Avalanche.  

EX-TEAMMATES
Tommy Fallen (Y), Stu Wilson (Y), Gregory Amlong (UML) and Ryan Mcgrath (UML) were teammates with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders… Cody Learned (Y) and Joseph Pendeza (UML) skated together with the Boston Jr. Bruins… Connor Wilson (Y) and Michael Fallon (UML) were teammates with the Chicago Steel… Mitch Witek (Y), Chad Ruhwedel (UML), Daniel Furlong (UML), Josh Holmstrom (UML) and Zack Kamrass (UML) were teammates with the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2009-10.

RANKING OPPONENTS
Yale has played 11 games (6-3-2) against teams ranked at the time in one of the national polls. 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).  
 
ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
The current Yale roster comprises 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
 
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 10-3-1 this year, 60-20-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 16-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.

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.

HARBOR YARD
Yale and Fairfield co-hosted three (2009, 2011, 2012) NCAA East Regionals at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Bulldogs competed in two (2009, 2011) of the three. The two schools co-host again in 2014.

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.

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.



filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director