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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –The Yale men's hockey team (27-6-1), coming off last weekend's ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship win, has secured the No. 1 overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs take on No. 16 Air Force (20-11-6) in the NCAA East Regional at Webster Bank's Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., this Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs, winners of four straight games, are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The winner of the Yale-Air Force contest takes on the survivor of the No. 8 Union (26-9-4) vs. No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth (22-10-6) semifinal slated for 3 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the East heads to St. Paul, Minn., for the April 7-9 Frozen Four.
ESPNU HD and espn3.com carry all three games live with Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose providing commentary.
LAST TIME VS. FALCONS
Four straight goals erased a 3-0 deficit as Air Force beat Yale 4-3 at Cadet Ice Arena on Nov. 14. Air Force engineered the comeback by keeping Yale (15 penalties) in the penalty box for most of the third period. Nine penalties in the final period helped turn a game nearing a blowout for Yale into a four-goal comeback in just over 10 minutes. Jeff Malcolm got his first start since the season opener and made 25 saves. Jason Torf stopped 34 of 37 shots to earn his first collegiate win and hand the Elis their first defeat of the season. Jimmy Martin, Brian O'Neill and Denny Kearney got pucks past him. VS.
VS. UMD, UNION
Yale won the first meeting with Minnesota-Duluth (5-4, 1975) before losing the last five straight. There were three encounters in the 1970s and three between 2001 and 2005. Also nicknamed the Bulldogs, UMD last beat Yale 5-1 in 2005 at Duluth. The Elis have a 21-15-3 lead over Union in a series that began in 1991-92, the year Dutchmen replaced Army in ECAC Hockey. Yale and Union split this winter's meetings.
LAST MEETING WITH UMD, UNION
Yale was No. 1 in the polls and Union was 12 when the Dutchmen beat the Blue 3-2 on Jan. 28 in New York. Ryan Rondeau stopped 31 of 34 shots. It was just the second time the Bulldogs had been outshot (34-30) in a game. Kenny Agostino and Jimmy Martin were the two Bulldog goals scorers. The Elis were swept at UMD early in the 2005-06 season (year before Keith Allain) by a combined 14-2, going 0-for-10 on the power play while allowing five man-advantage tallies.
VS. AIR FORCE
Yale owns a 9-4 lead in a series that began in 1989 and has a 66-34 advantage in goals. However, the last four meetings have been split. Here are the 13 meetings (YU score listed first):
BLUE BEATS RED FOR TITLE
Kevin Limbert had two goals and Ryan Rondeau made 22 saves as Yale captured the 2011 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship by beating Cornell 6-0 at Boardwalk Hall on March 19. The Bulldogs hit the net six times after 40 minutes on just 19 shots on target. Yale, the top seed, finished with a 33-22 advantage in shots. Antoine Laganiere, Chris Cahill, Colin Dueck and Broc Little also scored goals while Denny Kearney had three assists. Jimmy Martin, Brian O'Neill and Andrew Miller each had two helpers. The Elis got to the title game by handing Colgate a 4-0 loss in the first semifinal on March 18.
ATLANTIC CITY ROUNDUP
The first ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend on the Jersey Shore was a dominating one for Yale. The Bulldogs outscored opponents 10-0 at Boardwalk Hall last weekend while outshooting them 73-44. Five of the 10 tallies came in the second period. Chris Cahill, Kevin Limbert and Antoine Laganiere all had a pair of goals. Yale scored three times on 10 man-advantages while stopping all 10 opponent chances. Brian O'Neill, Andrew Miller, Jimmy Martin, Ryan Rondeau (MVP) and Cahill all made the all-tournament team.
2010-11 POST SEASON
Yale lost its first game of the 2010-11 post season and then won four straight by a combined score of 19-2. The Elis have outshot post-season opponents 182-125 in five games and are 19 for 29 on the power play with 11 different skaters finding the net.
YALE IN NCAA PLAY
Friday's game is Yale's seventh NCAA Tournament contest, and the Elis are 2-4 in those games.
YALE IN ECAC PLAYOFFS
The Blue, winners of two of the last three ECAC Tournament Championships, has played 71 ECAC Playoff contests since the first in 1967 and are 22-44-5 overall. Yale, winners of nine of its last 12 conference playoff games, has won four straight, equaling the school record (also in 2009). Yale hosted the ECAC Quarterfinals nine times (last 3 years straight) and is 10-7-3 in those games while advancing to the conference championship weekend five times. The Blue also played in two ECAC championship weekends at the Boston Garden in the 1980s, skated at Lake Placid in 1998 and won the title at Albany in 2009.
Air Force earned its fourth Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Championship in the last five years by beating RIT 1-0 last Saturday at Rochester's Blue Cross Arena. Jason Torf tied a career-high with 40 saves and Jacques Lamoureux scored the only goal as the Falcons advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history. "This was a great playoff game," said Falcons' head coach Frank Serratore (2-2 vs. Yale). "We have a great team in the true sense of the word team. This one was pure gratification because nobody besides our guys thought we could win it. You have to earn these kinds of wins and these guys did. When you get here, you have to make the most of it, because you never know if and when you will get back." The last time Air Force played in the NCAAs in 2009, the Falcons upset Michigan and then fell to Vermont in OT at Bridgeport. The OT decision came after a video replay of a puck going through a net.
The Bulldogs are not looking past the NCAA Regionals, but the governor of Minnesota might be. Mark Dayton '69, former Yale hockey goalie and two-year letterman, would love to see his alma mater in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for April's Frozen Four… but it could be at the expense of home state school UMD. Former Yale player Jack Dalrymple '70 (lettered in 1968) might also have a two-team rooting interest as governor of North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux, ranked No. 1 in both polls, is the top seed in the Midwest Regional at Green Bay and takes on Rensselaer Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The 27 wins are a Yale record and are three better than the 2008-09 Elis who went 24-8-3 while winning the ECAC regular season and tournament titles before falling to Vermont at the NCAA East Regional at Bridgeport. Yale's 17 ECAC wins equal the record reached by the 1997-98 team with an identical 17-4-1 mark.
Yale's 35 ECAC points tie the school record established by the 1997-98 Bulldogs, who won the regular season title, lost in the conference semifinals at Lake Placid and then fell to Ohio State in the NCAA West Regional at Ann Arbor.
The NCAA's power ranking system used to compare teams for tournament time is called PairWise. It uses four criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, record against other teams under consideration and the RPI ranking. Yale is currently first with 29 points followed by North Dakota (28) and Boston College (27).
FIRST OT, TIE
The Elis almost went the entire regular season without seeing overtime or a tie. The 1-1 decision on the second-to-last day of the season (Colgate on Feb. 25) was the first OT game and tie of 2010-11. The last time Yale went without a tie was the 2003-04 campaign; the Blue last went a season without OT in 1967-68.
LEAGUE WITHIN A CONFERENCE
Six members of ECAC Hockey compete for the Ivy League's Hobey Baker Trophy, which is all that is on the line in this race. Yale won its third straight (4th in 5 years) Ivy title by going 9-1 and having 18 points. Dartmouth was second with 13 points.
A 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, sophomore F Andrew Miller (68 gp, 17-62-79), voted "best passer" by his teammates, is No. 4 in the nation with .97 assists per game (tops in ECAC). More impressive is that 22 of his 33 assists are primary ones. His team-high 33 helpers (2nd best at Yale and five behind Mark Kaufmann '93) are a sophomore school record while his team-best 45 points are seven off the Yale mark (52, Ding Palmer, 1927-28). He probably had his best offensive weekend as a collegian on Feb. 25-26 when he hit the net three times against Colgate/Cornell combined. Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who is 12th in the nation with 1.29 points per contest, registered the most (34 last year) points by a Yale rookie since Tom Walsh set the bar with 41 in 1984-85. The speedy forward was the 2008-09 USA Junior Player of the Year and 2007 Michigan High School Mr. Hockey. Last winter, he 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 last year with .85 assists per outing.
WHALE OF A TIME
The Whale (Ingalls Rink) has been a tough place for visitors this season. Yale, which enjoyed its first undefeated (15-0-1, only Division I team to do that this year) regular season at Ingalls, finished 17-1-1 at home. The Elis never won that many games in a season in New Haven. Yale last went unbeaten at New Haven in 1928-29. The Bulldogs are 40-10-3 over the last three seasons at the Whale and 12-10-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
Despite having close to 9,000 in attendance at the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal Playoffs, Yale's streak of home sellouts at Ingalls Rink (3,500) ended at 12 that weekend.
Seniors Jimmy Martin and Denny Kearney became Yale's career leaders in games played when they skated in their 136th against Cornell. They both passed Mark Arcobello '10 (131 gp) on March 11 against St. Lawrence.
ENGINE NO. 9
2010-11 first-team All-ECAC selection Brian O'Neill (101gp, 46-69-115), who had four assists last weekend, shares the team lead with 18 goals. The junior forward's 44 points are second. That includes a career-high three goals at Clarkson on Feb. 12, which helps him rank 15th nationally with 1.29 points per game. He began 2010-11 with a 3-2-5 weekend in the two wins including 2-1-3 and the GWG against Dartmouth on Oct. 30. Last winter he led the Elis with 29 assists and 45 points while ranking seventh in the country with 1.32 PPG. O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.), who was voted "most humorous" by his teammates, made the 2008-09 CHN (national) and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie teams after going 12-14-26 in 2008-09.
Ryan Rondeau (Carvel, Alb.) notched a few school records in 2010-11, a year after sharing the Yale net with three others and not knowing where he would fit in this season. He did not show up on any All-ECAC or All-Ivy League teams, but he has managed to lead the nation with a 1.83 GAA and is second with a .932 SP. The senior goalie currently has a three-game shutout streak and a scoreless string of 202 minutes, 19 seconds. His 2010-11 post-season stats include a 4-1 mark with a 1.11 GAA, while he has stopped 119 of 125 shots and 23 of 25 man-advantages. After getting six starts in 2009-10, Rondeau has started 32 of the 34 games and has been named ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Goalie of the Week three times and was insidecollegehockey.com national player of the week on March 21. Rondeau had a 141:29 scoreless streak and consecutive shutouts (first time for a Yalie since 1998) in December. The senior, who owns a 32-9-2 career mark and a school-record 26 wins this winter, has been in net for seven wins over ranked teams including a 3-2 decision with North Dakota at the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.
Denny Kearney (Hanover, NH), who shares the career games played (136) record with Jimmy Martin, is third on the team with 15 goals and fourth with 39 points. His assist total (24) includes 18 that were primary helpers, including all four against SLU in the home playoff series. Kearney notched eight points over the first two games (Brown, Dartmouth on Oct. 29-30) and was ECAC Hockey's Player of the Week. That included his first collegiate hat trick (natural) and a game-winner during the most prolific weekend of his collegiate career. In addition, all four assists were primary ones. Kearney (136 gp, 44-85-129), who was voted by his teammates as the "best dresser" and "most talkative" among the Bulldogs, is Yale's active career assist leader (4th best at Yale) and is eighth in points. However, he may not be the best athlete in his family. His sister, Hannah Kearney, won an Olympic gold medal in mogul skiing at the 2010 Games and is the top ranked American in that event.
LOTS OF LITTLE
Yale senior forward Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.) is tied for the team lead with 18 goals and third with 40 points after a three-goal, eight-point conference playoff run. His 5-2-7 in the SLU playoff series gave him ECAC MLX Skates Player of the Week for the second time this year. Little, fifth on Yale's career goals list, had his third career hat trick (3-1-4) against Holy Cross on Jan. 2. Twelve of his 22 assists have been primary ones. He was named one of the 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in hockey, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice. Little (128 gp, 71-68-139), who has 11 more points than games played, 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, including RBK Second-Team All-America, first-team All-ECAC, All-Ivy and All-New England. Little, a political science major, has shown the same dedication in the classroom with a 3.1 GPA and three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team status.
Captain Jimmy Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) is a defensive defenseman who has turned himself into a player with offensive potential. Martin, whose seven goals and 22 points are career-highs, now has 11 career goals, including a career-best two in game one of the ECAC Quarterfinals, and 57 career points which rank eighth at Yale. Martin, who attended three different high schools in three states before coming to New Haven, is a political science major who helped Des Moines make it to the 2007 USHL final four.
A pair of experienced sophomores joins Ryan Rondeau in the net mix. Jeff Malcolm (12 gp, 4.02, .837, 6-4-0) made 16 saves in the 7-4 win over Brown on Oct. 29 before stopping 25 shots in a 4-3 loss at Air Force. The Lethbridge, AB, native has allowed eight goals, including six on the power play and two with a 5-on-3 advantage. Alta Loma, Calif., resident Nick Maricic (16 gp, 2.89, .888, 7-4-2) played the last period against Holy Cross (5 saves) and some of the third at RPI. Maricic has not had a start this winter.
Three seniors, two juniors and a sophomore comprise the typical Yale defensive lineup this season. These six players, who have 16 goals between them in 2010-11, have a combined 557 career games played. Two seniors with 36 points combined this winter, Jimmy Martin and Mike Matczak (Sewell, N.J.), have produced nine goals this season.
WALTER BROWN AWARD
Chris Cahill, Broc Little and Denny Kearney are all among the 15 semifinalists for the 59th annual Walter Brown Award given to the top American born Division I player in New England by the Gridiron Club of Boston each March. A Yale player has never won the award.
Chris Cahill (North Andover, Mass.) is enjoying his best collegiate season on offense with a career-high 15 goals and 34 points, including four different two-goal games and a trio of three-point outings. None of his goals were bigger than the one he scored to win the Feb. 20 game at Princeton with less than two minutes left. Cahill was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Dec. 6 after leading Yale to a pair of wins over nationally ranked teams with three goals and four points. The senior forward is fourth on the team in goals and has career numbers of 31 goals and 75 points in 124 games.
Yale freshman forward Kenny Agostino, named HCA National Rookie of the Month for January (8-4-12), is the first Yale freshman to receive that award. He was ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Rookie of the Week on Jan. 23 (3 goals vs. Clarkson/SLU), becoming the only Bulldog to earn conference rookie honors this season. The former Delbarton School star had a goal and three assists before the holiday break, and has 10 goals and 11 assists since. The leading scorer (11-14-25) among Yale freshmen, he ranks 11th nationally among rookies with .86 points per game. Agostino became the first Yale newcomer in 30 years to record five points in one game on Jan. 2. He notched three goals and two assists against Holy Cross and became the school's first freshman to tally five points since former Olympian and NHL star Bob Brooke '83 established the school rookie record against Dartmouth in 1980.
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 came to Yale from New England prep schools. F Clinton Bourbonais (Colchester, Conn.), F Kenny Agostino (Flanders, N.J.) and F Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) have all found the net this season. D Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.), who has been fighting injuries, has an assist in three games played, while F Brad Peltz (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) is looking for his first regular season action. Agostino (2), Root and Peltz combined for four of Yale's five goals in the Dec. 29 win over the Russian Red Stars. Agostino tied a school rookie record with five (3-2) points against Holy Cross.
Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, is 99-55-13 as a head coach, including 13-8 in the post season and 1-1 vs. Air Force. Only two other Yale hockey head coaches have more wins, and none have reached the 90-win mark faster than Allain, who has led his current squad to a school-record 27 wins. The former Yale goalie has led the Blue to three Ivy League titles, two ECAC regular season championships, two ECAC Tournament titles, three straight 20-win campaigns 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 then 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. Allain, a former NHL (17 years) and Olympics (1992, 2006) assistant, was named the 11th head coach of the Yale men's ice hockey program on April 15, 2006. Allain is the second Yale graduate to take the position and the first since Holcomb York '17 led the Bulldogs from 1930 to 1938 (Lawrence M. Noble '27 coached the Elis from 1928 to 1930). The starting goalie on four Bulldog squads, Allain recorded the second-most (31) wins for a Yale netminder and ranks third at the school with 2,337 career saves. He owns four of the top 10 Yale single-game save totals, including 55 stops in a 7-3 loss at Minnesota on Dec. 28, 1978.
After ECAC Title: "We played an outstanding game tonight. Our power play was clicking and allowed us to get an early lead, but I was most pleased with how sound our defensive effort was."
About Facing Air Force: "They are a fast, tough, well-coached team that will be a challenge for us to play against. They made a great, late comeback to beat us at their place early this season. We will need our best game to reach Saturday."
Keith Allain served as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team and led the squad to a bronze medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S., which won all but its semifinal game, defeated Sweden to take the bronze on Jan. 5. Allain, who helped the U.S. National Junior Team win a second straight medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time, owns a 13-4-2 overall record as a head coach in the event, giving him the top winning percentage (.736) of any U.S. head coach to have served on multiple teams. Allain was joined on the U.S. team by Yale's hockey strength & conditioning coach Joe Maher. Kyle Wallack, Yale's fifth-year assistant who is in his first season as associate head coach, served as Yale's head coach in Allain's absence.
Yale is 3-2 vs. ranked teams this year. The Elis beat Union, RPI and Dartmouth at home while falling to the Dutchmen and Engineers on the road. The Blue is 9-3 vs. teams currently ranked in the uscho.com poll and 3-3 against teams in the NCAA Tournament.
HITTING THE NET
The Bulldogs have 146 goals and are No. 1 in the nation with a 4.29 average after 34 games. Yale hit the 100-goal mark after 23 games. The Blue scored 10 against Holy Cross and had seven goals twice, six four times and five on nine occasions this year. Yale led the nation in scoring in 2009-10 and hit the 100 mark in game No. 25. The school record is 160 goals by the 1985-86, a squad that went 20-10 and lost an ECAC semifinal in OT to Cornell at Boston Garden.
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 while six hail from Alberta, including a Calgary pair.
FROM WHENCE THEY CAME
Northeast prep schools and the United States Hockey League each contributed nine players to the Bulldog roster. Six former British Columbia Hockey League skaters are at Yale while the Atlantic Junior Hockey League has a pair. One Eli played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and another came from a private school.
The Bulldogs have outshot 31 of 34 opponents (by 338 combined) this year after having the advantage in 26 of the 34 games last year. Vermont (32-30), Union (34-30) and Princeton (40-32) are the only squads to outshoot the Blue this season. Vermont was the only team to outshoot the Blue at Ingalls.
After opening the season with five straight wins, the Blue stumbled on Nov. 14 at Air Force before bouncing back with a road win at Cornell on Nov. 19. That was the first of 10 straight wins that carried through to the Jan. 15 victory over Brown at Ingalls. Division I's longest win streak this year came to an end the next day at Brown.
Yale's streak of 57 straight ECAC games without consecutive losses came to an end during the Union/RPI trip in late January.
A CLASS OF ITS OWN
The Class of 2011 became the winningest in Yale men's hockey history after beating Holy Cross on Jan. 2. The current seniors have amassed 88 victories, surpassing the total (72) reached by the Class of 2010. In addition, the Class of 2011 is the first at Yale to have four winning seasons since the Class of 1954.
Eight members of the senior class have accounted for 65 goals. The juniors (6) have hit the net 43 times. Yale sophomores (4) have tallied 21 goals, while the freshmen (4) have added 17.
Yale had four shorthanded goals last year and led the nation with nine the year before. The Bulldogs' first goal of 2010-11 was shorthanded by Broc Little, the school's career leader with seven, but the team went 15 games without another. That's when Chris Cahill hit the net down a man against Clarkson at home. The Elis tripled their season output on the Quinnipiac-Princeton road trip with shorthanders by Kevin Limbert, Denny Kearney, Andrew Miller and Charles Brockett.
Yale became the second ECAC Champion to take its semifinal and final with shutouts... The Bulldogs became just the second ECAC team to have five of the six all-tournament spots... Yale has beaten Cornell in two of the last three ECAC Championship Games by a combined score of 11-0… The Bulldogs wore their home white jerseys for the second straight night at Atlantic City in their first neutral site games of the season… The Yale lineup was the same last Friday and Saturday… Junior forwards Kevin Limbert (10-10-20) and Chad Ziegler (7-7-14) are enjoying career-best offensive seasons… Two NHL draftees have skated for the Bulldogs this winter: Kenny Agostino (Pittsburgh) and Gus Young (Colorado).
BULLDOGS IN THE PROS
This season, for the first time ever, two former Yale players skated on the same National Hockey League team. Chris Higgins '05 and Joe Callahan '05 have been on the Florida Panthers' roster at times. They played in the same game again on Feb. 13 and Higgins had a goal that night against the Sharks. In other alumni news, Mark Arcobello '10 was named MVP of January's ECHL All-Star Game after netting three goals. Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this winter: Sean Backman '10 (Texas Stars, AHL, 57 GP, 7-15-22), Ryan Donald '10 (Providence Bruins, AHL), Mark Arcobello '10 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL), Thomas Dignard '10 (Tulsa Oilers, CHL), Alec Richards '09 (Rockford Icehogs, AHL, 104 GA, 2 SO, 2.90, 14-21-1, .899), Brennan Turner '09 (Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL), David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL), Matt Cohen '07 (Hamburg Freezers, DEL), Brad Mills '07 (New Jersey Devils, NHL; Albany Devils, AHL), Chris Higgins '05 (Vancouver Canucks, NHL, 53 GP, 11-13-24), Joe Callahan '05 (Florida Panthers, NHL; Rochester Americans, AHL), Stacey Bauman '03 (Tulsa Oilers, CHL), Jeff Hamilton '01 (HIFK Helsinki, FNL), Ray Giroux '98 (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL).
YALE HOCKEY BROADCASTS
The pay-per-view Yale home regular season hockey "TV" broadcasts on yalebulldogs.com are a Yale Athletic Department production that employs students to produce, shoot and broadcast most of the action. Sam Dorward '13 is the producer and Joel Oblizalo '12 does the camera work. Evan Ellis '11 handles most of the calls for the Elis as well as an interview with Coach Allain.
Yale has been on TV nine times this season. The Dec. 5 game against Union and the Feb. 20 contest at Princeton aired live on ESPNU. The YES Network aired the Feb. 5 Dartmouth game. The Elis have also been on CBS College Sports (at Cornell, ECAC semi and final) and Time Warner Cable (at Colgate, Union and RPI).
The Yale student radio station formerly found on AM-1340 and on wybc.com, is only available via internet this season. WYBC does most of the home contests and a pre-game interview with Coach Allain.
Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) on Jan. 16, 2010, with ceremonies on and off the ice. The rink built in 1958 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 for the building nicknamed the Yale Whale because of its humpback-shaped roof.
Yale and Fairfield hosted the 2009 East Regional in Bridgeport at Webster Bank's Arena at Harbor Yard, and the Bulldogs were one of the four teams to participate. The 2012 East Regional is also slated for the Yard, which has also hosted numerous NCAA post-season basketball events.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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