Yale Opens Home Slate with Cornell, Colgate

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Bulldogs Drop Puck on ECAC Season

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (1-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC), coming off a tie and a win at the season-opening Ivy Shootout last weekend, drops the first puck on the home and conference schedule this weekend with a pair of ECAC contests. The No. 9 Bulldogs host Cornell (0-1, 0-0) on Friday with a 7:42 p.m. faceoff that airs live on CBS Sports Network. Saturday night at 7, the Blue hosts No. 18 Colgate (4-2, 0-0 ECAC) at Ingalls Rink in a game that can be seen live on Yale's All-Access (yalebulldogs.com).

TICKETS

Only standing-room tickets are available for Friday's game. There are some G.A. and SRO tickets left for Saturday. Call the Yale Ticket Office at 203.432.1400 to order now. The Ingalls Rink ticket office opens 90 minutes before the puck drops.


YALE-CORNELL
The Red might hold a 77-58-5 record in the series dating to 1902, but Yale has had the upper hand (8 straight wins) in recent years. The last Cornell win came Nov. 9, 2007, a 2-1 decision at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs under Keith Allain are 8-3-3 against Cornell including two shutouts, most recently 6-0 for the 2011 ECAC Championship.

YALE-COLGATE
The Raiders hold a 45-41-5 advantage in a series with Yale that began in 1916-17, though the Elis are 7-3-1 under Keith Allain. The last three meetings at Ingalls have gone into overtime with two of them ending as ties.  

ELIS TIE, WIN AT SHOOTOUT
The games counted on the overall record but had nothing to do with ECAC or Ivy League standings. Yale's 2-2 OT tie with Princeton and the 2-1 win over Dartmouth last weekend at Hanover, N.H., kicked off the regular season.

Yale 2, Princeton 2 OT, Oct. 28

The Bulldogs, who outshot the Tigers 30-28, erased a 1-0 deficit and built a 2-1 lead before finishing in their first season-opening draw since the 1962-63 season. Five different Yale players notched their first points of the year. Junior Jeff Malcolm made 26 saves in his first start since last season's Dec. 29 exhibition game against the Russian Red Stars and his first regular season nod since last November. After a scoreless opening frame in which Yale outshot Princeton 13-4, Michael Sdao gave the Tigers the lead at 4:16 of the second. All four goals were scored in that period. The first Yale goal of the year came off the stick of newcomer Nicholas Weberg. The guy who led the Elis in scoring the last two years, senior captain Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) gave his squad a brief lead at 16:25 with his 49th career goal. O'Neill, who had a game-high five shots on target, notched a point for the sixth straight game dating to last March.  Princeton struck back just before the second intermission. Rob Kleebaum's tally with 32 seconds left in the middle frame permanently evened things. Sean Bonar stopped 28 Yale shots in the Princeton net.

Yale 2, Dartmouth 1, Oct. 29
Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, AB) stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead Yale to its first victory of the 2011-12 season, a 2-1 decision over Dartmouth in the final game of the Ivy Shootout at Thompson Arena. The Elis, outshot 30-25, had nine fewer shots in the opening frame but Malcolm's play prevented the home team from jumping out in front. The momentum turned midway through this contest. The Bulldogs outshot the home team 14-8 in the second and got on the board first with 10:50 left, taking advantage of a power play. Sophomore forward Clinton Bourbonais (Colchester, Conn.) skated in from the right point to the top of the circle and flicked a hard, low wrister toward the net. James Mello made the save but junior forward Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que) was there to bang it home for his first of the year. The Big Green evened things about four minutes later when freshman Eric Neiley notched his first career goal. Neiley skated in from the left circle and snapped off a rising shot over Malcolm's shoulder. Yale grabbed the lead again when senior Chad Ziegler (Spruce Grove, AB) tallied just before the second intermission to make it 2-1. Ziegler, who ended up with the game-winner, took a pass from senior Charles Brockett (Shaker Heights, Ohio) behind the net before skating out to the middle of the crease. The veteran forward snapped a shot between Mello's left shoulder and the post at the 18:54 mark. Yale scored once on three advantages while Malcolm and the Eli defense held Dartmouth scoreless on three chances.

BIG RED
Cornell opened the regular season with a 5-4 loss to Mercyhurst at Lynah Rink. The Big Red had a 23-19 advantage in shots but the Lakers converted two of three advantages to get the road win. Joakim Ryan had two goals and an assist for Cornell while Andy Iles had 14 saves.

RAIDERS
Colgate brought a 4-2-1 mark into Friday's game at Brown after splitting a two-game series with Niagara last weekend. The Raiders, who have already played three OT games, are led offensively by Austin Smith (7-4-11), one of five NHL draft picks on the Colgate roster. Senior Alex Evin (1.63, .936) and sophomore Eric Mihalik (3.69, .862) have shared the netminding so far.

LAST YEAR WITH CORNELL
11/19/10:     Yale 4, Cornell 2; SOG: 29-17 Y; Y - Broc Little 1 G 1 A
2/26/11:     Yale 4, Cornell 1; SOG: 41-19 Y; Y - Andrew Miller 2 G, Kenny Agostino 2 A
3/19/11:     Yale 6, Cornell 0; SOG: 33-22 Y; Y - Kevin Limbert 2 G, Denny Kearney 3 A,
Series:         Yale 103 Shots, Cornell 58, Andrew Miller 2 G 2 A

LAST YEAR WITH COLGATE
11/20/10:     Yale 6, Colgate 4; SOG: 34-33 Y; Y - Andrew Miller 1 G 1 A
2/25/11:     Yale 1, Colgate 1 OT; SOG 40-32 Y; Y - Andrew Miller 1 G
3/18/11:     Yale 4, Colgate 0; SOG: 39-22 Y; Y - Andrew Miller 1 G 2 A
Series:         Yale 113 Shots, Colgate 87 Shots, Andrew Miller 3 G, 3 A, Brian O'Neill 3 A,                                                 Kenny Agostino 2 G, 1 A

NEW BLUE
The class of 2015 includes four forwards, three defensemen and a goalie. Here are some quick facts on each newcomer: D Bennett Carroccio was an EJHL All-Star for the Boston Jr. Bruins… F Anthony Day scored 30 goals St. Francis High School... D Tommy Fallen played on the U.S. Team that captured gold at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge... D Matt Killian notched 30 career goals at Delbarton School... F Trent Ruffolo scored 129 points over 89 games for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs… F Alex Ward was a three-sport star at Deerfield Academy… F Nicholas Weberg played high school hockey in Minnesota while skating for Team Norway U20s at the 2011 World Junior Championships… G Connor Wilson, a goalie for Chicago in the USHL, was a three-sport standout at the Berkshire School.

FIRSTS ON ROSTER
For the first time in the history of Yale hockey, an Eli roster includes a Floridian (F Trent Ruffolo), a North Carolinian (G Connor Wilson) and a skater from Norway (F Nicholas Weberg).

PERSPECTIVE ON LAST YEAR
Yale's 28 wins last year were a school record, four better than the 2008-09 Elis. Yale's 17 ECAC wins equaled 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.

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 last winter and having 18  points. Dartmouth was second with 13 points.

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 last winter, finished 17-1-1 at home. That is the most wins ever in New Haven for a Yale team (The Blue 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.

SOLD OUT
Ingalls Rink was sold out for the last 12 games of the 2010-11 regular season. The Nov. 26 Boston College game is already sold out, while only G.A. and S.R.O. tickets remain for contests with Cornell, Harvard and  Dartmouth.

NEW BLUE
The class of 2015 includes four forwards, three defensemen and a goalie. Four of them suited up for both games last weekend. One had a goal and another had an assist. Here are some quick facts on each newcomer: D Bennett Carroccio was an EJHL All-Star for the Boston Jr. Bruins… F Anthony Day scored 30 goals St. Francis High School... D Tommy Fallen played on the U.S. Team that captured gold at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge... D Matt Killian notched 30 career goals at Delbarton School... F Trent Ruffolo scored 129 points over 89 games for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs… F Alex Ward was a three-sport star at Deerfield Academy… F Nicholas Weberg played high school hockey in Minnesota while skating for Team Norway U20s at the 2011 World Junior Championships… G Connor Wilson, a goalie for Chicago in the USHL, was a three-sport standout at the Berkshire School.

FIRSTS ON ROSTER
For the first time in the history of Yale hockey, an Eli roster includes a Floridian (F Trent Ruffolo), a North Carolinian (G Connor Wilson) and a skater from Norway (F Nicholas Weberg).

PERSPECTIVE ON LAST YEAR
Yale's 28 wins last year were a school record, four better than the 2008-09 Elis. Yale's 17 ECAC wins equaled 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.

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 last winter and having 18 points. Dartmouth was second with 13 points.

MILLER TIME
A 2010-11 first-team All-ECAC pick, junior F Andrew Miller (70 gp, 17-62-79) had another outstanding season last year. Miller, voted "best passer" by his teammates, had 12-33-45. He was No. 4 in the nation with .97 assists per game (tops in ECAC). More impressive is that 22 of his 33 assists were primary ones. His team-high 33 helpers (2nd best at Yale and five behind Mark Kaufmann '93) were a sophomore school record while 45 points were second on the team. 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.), was 12th in the nation with 1.29 points per contest and registered the most (34 as a freshman) 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. In 2009-10 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 that year with .85 assists per outing.

CAPTAIN
2010-11 first-team All-ECAC selection Brian O'Neill (103gp, 48-69-117) was named captain of the Bulldogs last April. He has led the team in scoring the last two seasons. That includes a career-high three goals at Clarkson on Feb. 12, which helped 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. The year before, 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.

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 last winter, finished 17-1-1 at home. That is the most wins ever in New Haven for a Yale team (The Blue 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.


SOLD OUT
Ingalls Rink was sold out for the last 12 games of the 2010-11 regular season. The Nov. 26 Boston College game is already sold out, while only G.A. and S.R.O. tickets remain for contests with Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

NET
There are two returning goalies and both are juniors. Combined they have 29 games played and 23 starts. Alta Loma, Calif., native Nick Maricic (2.29, .890) has five more games played than Jeff Malcolm (2.75, .868), from
Lethbridge, Alb. Ryan Rondeau '11 owns some season and career records after a 2010-11 campaign where he took almost all of the work. Both returnees have seen quality and pressure-filled ice time. Maricic saw some  time in the NCAA Regional final last March.

BLUE LINE
There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster: two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and three freshmen. Three of the seven have a depth of experience. Seniors Kevin Peel (Onoway, Alb.) and Nick Jaskowiak (Bloomington, Minn.) have been regulars since arriving in New Haven. Junior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) became a mainstay last winter and sophomore Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) got in a few key games as a rookie.

AGOSTINO
Yale sophomore forward Kenny Agostino was Yale's rookie of the year last winter after scoring 11 goals and 25 points. Agostino, the HCA National Rookie of the Month for January (8-4-12), was the first Bulldog 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 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 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.

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
The Yale roster includes players from 13 different states and three provinces. New York and Minnesota are represented by three players from each state while Alberta brings in four players.

FROM WHENCE THEY CAME
The United States Hockey League contributed 10 players to the Bulldog roster. There are four from the British Columbia Hockey League, one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and another from the Eastern Junior Hockey League. Ten Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools.

BULLDOG BITES
Nine different Yale players have one point each after two games… Four Bulldogs have goals and four have assists… All seven goals scored in the two Yale games last weekend came in the second period… Yale outshot Princeton in the OT 5-1… The Elis went 2-for-8 on the power play and killed off all six opponent advantages.

 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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