NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey drops the puck on a new season by skating against Dartmouth on Friday afternoon at 4 in the first game of the Ivy Showcase at Providence. Live audio and video of the games this weekend are available on brownbears.com or dartmouthsports.com. The showcase is hosted by Brown, which skates against Princeton in game two on Friday. The winners meet Saturday with the Bears hosting the evening contest.
The winner of the Yale-Dartmouth game plays the winner of the Brown-Princeton (Friday, 7) contest either at 4 or 7 p.m. The Bears will play the Saturday night game win or lose on Friday.
Brownbears.com carries live video of all games this weekend.
Yale holds a lead in all three series vs. showcase teams. The Dartmouth series is 106-87-12 with the Elis on a 10-game streak. Yale and Brown are 88-70-8 and the Bulldogs have taken six of the last 10. The Blue and the Tigers are 132-102-9 with the Elis going 8-1-1 over the last 10.
The Blue won all three contests with the Big Green, while F Kenny Agostino had four goals. Yale and Brown split two games last winter despite three goals from F Antoine Lagainere. The Tigers remember Lagainere last season. The current Yale senior hit the net seven times and helped his team go 4-1-1 vs. Princeton.
PREP FOR SHOWCASE
Dartmouth won a pair of one-goal exhibition games last weekend over McGill and Norwich at home. The Bulldogs skated in a Blue-White at Ingalls last Saturday afternoon.
AFTER THIS WEEKEND
The Bulldogs begin ECAC Hockey play by traveling to Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend. Yale's first home regular season contests are Nov. 9/10 with Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Senior F Andrew Miller (104 gp, 24-91-115) is among a select group of college players who have more points than career games played heading into a final season. He has been ranked among the top 10 in Division I for assists the last three years 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 on the weekend 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.
Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) has progressed each year at Yale, including his best (19-14-33) offensive output last winter. Laganiere (85 gp, 35-21-46), whose 19 goals were second on the team, got hot when the Blue needed it most; he had 10 goals over the final 10 games, including his first collegiate hat trick in game three of the Princeton ECAC playoff series. He scored shorthanded, on the power play and even-strength against the Tigers. He also had Yale's best weekend with five goals over three games, which earned him his first ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor.
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) has been one of the hottest Bulldogs the last two seasons. He was third with 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 pulled off a rare feat last winter by scoring goals in consecutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation, one for a win and another to send it to overtime. 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 three goals and two assists 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. He ranked 11th nationally among rookies with .86 points per game.
Senior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) 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 686 saves and 13 wins, including 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 (2.91, .899, 13-9-3), who was in net for two wins each vs. Dartmouth and Princeton as a junior, had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.
Senior Jeff Malcolm (2.92, .897, 16-15-2), the Yale goalie with the most minutes and saves in 2011-12, was in net for two of the more memorable events of the season: he made 27 saves in the win over Princeton in the playoff series finale and notched a shutout streak of three (Colgate, RPI, Union) games and 226:39 minutes (parts of 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 last winter. The three straight SHOs tied the school record but fell short of the Yale record (240:53 by Ryan Rondeau '11) scoreless streak.
There are eight defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior three sophomores and three freshmen.
Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience with junior Gus Young (Dedham, Mass.) a close second. Sophomore Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn) was the team's rookie of the year in 2011-12, but classmates Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ) and Bennett Carroccio (Armonk, NY) also made contributions.
The eight new Bulldogs come from five different states and one province, and bring experience from the USHL (3), EJHL (2), BCHL, AJHL and a New England prep school. They range in size from 5-foot-9 to a pair of 6-foot-4 skaters, while the average weight of the class of 2016 is just over 190 pounds.
Yale has 11 games against opponents ranked in the Oct. 15 uscho.com poll, including a January date against the defending national champion Boston College Eagles. Four teams the Elis play this season appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
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.
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.
Yale and Fairfield co-hosted three (2009, 2011, 2012) of the last four NCAA East Regional Tournaments at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The two schools could be getting more in the near future. The Bulldogs competed in two (2009, 2011) of the three.
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.
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 50-16-3 over the last four seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director