Rematches Highlight Start of Road ECAC Play

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (2-1-1, 1-0-1 ECAC) begins conference road play with a combination of interesting rematches this Friday and Saturday nights at 7. The Bulldogs are at Princeton's Baker Rink to skate against the Tigers (1-3, 0-2); the two played on Oct. 26 at the Liberty Hockey Invitational. Yale closes out the weekend set by heading to Hamden for a rematch of the 2013 national championship game against No. 5/6 Quinnipiac (8-1, 2-0). Friday's game airs live on WYBC (AM-1340) and the Ivy Digital Network, while Saturday's game can be seen on WCCT TV, Fox College Sports (Pacific) and on Quinnipiac's YouTube channel and heard on WYBC.

LAST WEEKEND AT THE WHALE
Yale had a solid weekend in earning three points from a conference set against two excellent North Country teams. The Bulldogs earned two of the three with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over No. 17 Clarkson at Ingalls Rink on Saturday that ended the Knights' six-game unbeaten streak. The Blue erased an early deficit with four straight goals while outshooting the visitors 38-28. Yale's freshman class had much to do with the win as did junior Anthony Day (2 goals). Two newcomers scored their first collegiate goals and goalie Patrick Spano made 25 saves including a number of quality chances. The night before, following the unveiling of the championship banner, the Bulldogs tied St. Lawrence 3-3 behind 29 saves from freshman goalie Alex Lyon. Captain Jesse Root had a goal and an assist.

THE STATS
Yale, which outscored opponents 9-6 last week, had a 75-60 edge in shots while going 3-for-12 on the power play. The Elis had goals from six different skaters and killed off three of five opponent advantages. Junior forward Anthony Day enjoyed his finest weekend as a collegian with three goals. Bulldogs with their first collegiate goals scored last weekend included sophomore defenseman Rob O'Gara and freshmen forwards Frankie DiChiara and Chris Izmirlian.

OPPONENTS
The Tigers opened the season with a 3-2 win over Dartmouth at the Liberty Hockey Invitational and then dropped three straight, including both last weekend on the Cornell/Colgate trip. The Bobcats, who host Brown on Friday, lost its opener at Alaska-Anchorage on Oct. 11 and then won eight straight, including ECAC road games at Hamilton and Ithaca last week. That helped the Bobcats sweep the conference player of the week awards on Tuesday.

SERIES
Friday is the 248th meeting between Yale and Princeton with the Elis holding a 136-102-9 lead. The Blue has won the last five, including a 3-2 game at the Prudential Center two weeks ago.  Quinnipiac has a 10-6-2 lead in its series with Yale. The Cats won both regular-season meetings last winter, but they split the two post-season games, one in the ECAC Hockey Tournament consolation contest and the other at the Frozen Four.


LAST MEETING
Nicholas Weberg had two goals and Matthew Beattie had the other as Yale edged Princeton 3-2 on Oct. 26 at the LHI. Patrick Spano made 22 saves in his collegiate debut. The Bulldogs and Bobcats last met on April 13, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Jeff Malcolm stopped all 36 shots and the Blue got goals from Clinton Bourbonais, Charles Orzetti, Andrew Miller and Jesse Root in a 4-0 win for the national title.
 
RANKINGS
The Bulldogs, coming off the 2012-13 NCAA Championship run, are ranked No. 9 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll and the uscho.com poll. Yale was picked first in one ECAC Hockey pre-season poll and second in another. Quinnipiac, No. 1 for most of the 2012-13 season, is fifth in one and sixth in another poll.

TICKETS AT THE WHALE
A limited number of tickets are available for all regular season home games. The only game completely sold out at this point is Feb. 14 against Quinnipiac.

AFTER THIS WEEKEND
Yale has just one game next weekend, a Saturday night matchup with Sacred Heart at Ingalls. That 7 pm game can be seen live on the Ivy Digital Network and heard on AM-1340.

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states, two provinces and Norway. Five players represent New Jersey, Minnesota has three players while Massachusetts, Florida, and Michigan each contribute 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, four from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.  Nine Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools and one came from the US National Team.

BY CLASS
The Bulldogs have just four seniors, including three forwards and a defenseman. There are seven juniors, eight sophomores and eight newcomers. Juniors and sophomores are tied with 11 points each, though the juniors have one more goal. Freshmen are second with seven points, while the seniors have six.

BULLDOG BITES
Junior defenseman Alex Ward got his first action of the regular season against Clarkson… The Blue had a season-high 17 shots on net in the middle frame against the Knights… Yale and Princeton return to the LIH next October with a pair of Hockey East teams… The Elis play three games at two (Prudential Center, MSG) NHL rinks this season... Four straight Yale games, from Oct. 26 back to last April at Pittsburgh, were played in NHL buildings.

RIVALRY ON ICE
For the first time in modern history, Yale and Harvard will skate against each other in a non-conference, regular season game. This happens on Jan. 11 at Madison Square Garden in what is called the Rivalry on Ice. Tickets for the 8 p.m. game are available on rivalryonice.com.

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.
 
NCAA REGIONALS
Yale and Fairfield are co-hosting the 2014 NCAA East Regional at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on March 28-29. The Friday semifinal game times are 2 and 5:30 p.m. with coverage by ESPNU. The Saturday championship game is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Tickets for 3-game packages are available now on www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, or through the Webster Bank Ticket Office. This is the fourth year Yale and Fairfield have co-hosted this regional at Harbor Yard.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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