Conference Schedule Begins at Ingalls

Ryan Rondeau. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ryan Rondeau. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Tigers, Bobcats Come to Ingalls

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first weekend of conference play in New Haven features an old rivalry and a new one. The Tigers of Princeton (0-2) come to town on Friday to renew an old series with the Bulldogs before the team from Hamden, the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-2), invade downtown on Saturday night. Both games at David S. Ingalls Rink faceoff at 7.

Tickets are still available for both nights. Call the Yale Ticket Office at 203.432.1400 or pick up tickets on game night while they last at the Ingalls Rink box office starting at 5:30.

Both games can be seen live on as a pay-per-view broadcast on Yale's All Access Package. Both games can also be heard for free on

Yale owns a 124-99-8 lead on Princeton in a series that dates to 1899, but the Tigers have taken six of the last 10. The Bulldogs won all three meetings last winter. Quinnipiac leads the series with Yale 6-3-1 in a New Haven County rivalry that began in 2005-06. The Bobcats and Bulldogs each won their home games last season.

The Bulldogs, who outscored their opponents 14-7, won both games of the Ivy Shootout at Ingalls Rink on Oct. 29-30, defeating Brown 7-4 before taking a 7-3 decision with Dartmouth. Yale had the advantage in shots, 79-46, but only managed a pair of power-play tallies on 10 attempts. Last week's opponents hit the net on five power-plays, including four (2 were 5-on-3s) last Friday against the Bears.  

Denny Kearney (103 gp, 33-65-98), who is one of the premier set-up men in college hockey, became the hottest goal scorer in the country after one weekend with four goals and eight points in two games . Kearney, ECAC Hockey's Player of the Week, notched his first collegiate hat trick (natural) with a three-goal, four-point Friday night against Brown that included the GWG. He added a goal and three assists against Dartmouth on Saturday for the best weekend of his collegiate career. All four assists were primary ones. Only two other ECAC players entered this season with more career assists than the Yale senior, whose sister, Hannah Kearney, won an Olympic gold medal in mogul skiing at the 2010 Games.

Yale senior forward Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.) notched Yale's first goal of the season – shorthanded – and went on to score three goals and hand out three assists last weekend. He had a goal against Brown and hit the net twice vs. Dartmouth. Little was named one of the 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in hockey. The award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Little (97 gp, 56-49-105) led the 2009-10 Bulldogs with 27 goals, a Yale record for juniors, while leading all of Division I in goals per game (.79). He was second on the team with 41 points and garnered numerous post-season honors. Little was named RBK Second-Team All-America and first-team All-ECAC, All-Ivy and All-New England. He was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year by the New England Hockey Journal. Little, a political science major, has shown the same dedication in the classroom. He owns a 3.1 GPA and has been a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team pick.

Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, is 74-49-12 as a head coach, including 9-7 in the post season. Only four other Yale hockey head coaches have more wins, and none have reached the 70-win mark faster than Allain. The former Yale goalie has led the Blue to three Ivy League titles, two ECAC regular season championships and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Allain, who played and worked for Tim Taylor at Yale, earned the 2008-09 Tim Taylor Award as the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year by leading the Elis to the best season in the program's history. A school-record 24 wins, Yale's first ECAC Tournament Championship and a school-best No. 5 national ranking in late March were a few reasons why he was selected. College Hockey News named him 2008-09 national coach of the year. This is Allain's 12th overall year at Yale; he spent four as a student-athlete goalie and three as an assistant coach in the 1980s.

He's the team leader but the team does not rely on him for offense. Captain Jimmy Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) is a defensive defenseman who got very involved at the other end last year. Martin, who has four goals and 35 career points, notched a pair of goals and 17 assists last winter.

Yale took the No. 5 spot in this week's Division I poll. The Bulldogs finished No. 6 last March after reaching their best-ever ranking of No. 4 on Feb. 22, 2010.

Princeton, tied after 40 minutes both days, dropped 2-1 games to Dartmouth and Brown last weekend to start the season at Ingalls Rink. Both goals were scored by senior F Matt Arhontas with assists from freshman F Andrew Calof on both. Sean Bonar stopped 25 of 27 shots against the Big Green, while Mike Condon (21 of 23) got the decision in net the next day.  

Quinnipiac split games last weekend at No. 17 St. Cloud State. The Bobcats got goals from four different players in a 4-2 win before falling 5-2 the next night. Spencer Heichman tallied the game-winner midway through the third period of game one. Heichman and Kellen Jones (6 points) are tied for the team lead with three goals.  The Bobcats were tied entering the third period behind goals by Jeremy Langlois and Kellen Jones, but surrendered three goals in the final frame in the loss. Eric Hartzell got his first win in his first game of the year against the Huskies with 21 saves, while Dan Clark (2.61, .902, 3-2) took the loss in the second game.

Sophomore F Andrew Miller (35 gp, 5-32-37) had three assists last weekend, picking up where he left off his rookie campaign. Miller registered the most (34) points by a Yale rookie since Tom Walsh set the bar with 41 in 1984-85. Miller was second among conference rookies with one point per game, which also put him fourth in the country for newcomers. He ranked eighth in Division I with .85 assists per outing.

Sophomore Jeff Malcolm (11 gp, 3.16, .869, 6-3-0) made 16 saves in the 7-4 win over Brown. All four Bear goals came on the power play, two with a 5-on-3 advantage. Senior Ryan Rondeau (15 gp, 3.57, .874, 3-1-1) stopped 23 of 26 Big Green shots. One of the three goals allowed came with a man-advantage. Sophomore Nick Maricic (14 gp, 2.95, .888, 7-4-2) is the other returnee between the pipes.

Junior F Brian O'Neill (69 gp, 31-45-76) began 2010-11 with a bang. He had 3-2-5 in the two wins including 2-1-3 and the GWG against Dartmouth. Last winter he led the Elis last year with 29 assists and 45 points while ranking seventh in the country with 1.32 PPG. One of his best plays of 2009-10 was a pass he put on Sean Backman's stick in OT that set up the winner at Cornell. He also had the tying goal in the OT draw at the Badger Showdown title game against Wisconsin. O'Neill's best night was 2-1-3 against Sacred Heart on Nov. 24, 2009. He made the 2008-09 CHN (national) and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie teams after going 12-14-26.

The class of 2014 includes four forwards and one defenseman. All five competed in the Northeast during 2009-10. Three of the new Elis played in the juniors (Eastern, North Atlantic) last winter while two come to Yale from New England prep schools. F Clinton Bourbonais was the only rookie to hit the net last weekend, but D Gus Young, F Kenny Agostino (1 assist) and F Jesse Root also saw action in one game.

It is only two games into the season, but the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring with a 7.0 average. Yale led Division I with over four goals per game.

The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states and three provinces. Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are represented twice each on the roster while six hail from Alberta, including a Calgary pair.

The Bulldogs outshot both opponents last weekend after having the advantage in 26 of the 34 games last year.

Yale's first goal of 2010-11 was shorthanded by Broc Little, the school's career leader with six. The Elis had four SHG last winter.

Brock Little, Brian O'Neill and Andrew Miller are the only Bulldogs with more career points than games played although Denny Kearney is very close. … Yale's longest win streak last year was eight games, which came to an end in the last game of the regular season at Quinnipiac… ECAC Hockey teams have won NCAA Tournament games five of the last six years.

Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this winter, including Brad Mills '07, who just played his first game for the New Jersey Devils. Here are the details on each. Sean Backman '10 (Texas Stars, AHL), Ryan Donald '10 (Reading Royals, ECHL), Mark Acrobello '10 (Stockton Thunder, ECHL), Alec Richards '09 (Rockford Icehogs, AHL), Brennan Turner '09 (Elmira Jackals, ECHL), David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), Matt Cohen '07 (Hamburg Freezers, DEL), Brad Mills '07 (New Jersey Devils, NHL), Chris Brooks '06 (Bakersfield Condors, ECHL), Chris Higgins '05 (Florida Panthers, NHL), Joe Callahan '05 (Rochester Americans, AHL), Stacey Bauman '03 (Tulsa Oilers, CHL), Jeff Hamilton '01 (HIFK Helsinki, FNL), Ray Giroux '98 (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL).

The Yale hockey program celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink on Jan. 16, 2010, with ceremonies on and off the ice. The rink has been modernized in many ways while adding 13,000 square feet of varsity 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 (Schley Room) and more. There are new historical displays and concession stands and bathrooms.

The pay-per-view Yale home hockey broadcasts on are a Yale Athletic Department production that employs students to produce, shoot and broadcast the action. Sam Dorward '13 is the producer and Joel Oblizalo '12 does the camera work. This weekend's broadcasters will be Evan Ellis '11 and Chelsea Janes '11.    

Yale co-hosted the 2009 East Regional at The Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, and the Bulldogs were one of the four teams to participate. The 2011 and 2012 East Regional Tournaments will also be at The Arena co-hosted by the Elis and Fairfield. This coming NCAA tourney is March 25-26. Game times on the 25th are 4 and 7:30 with a 7 p.m. championship contest on the 26th.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director