Holiday Hockey at the Whale on Dec. 28

Holiday Hockey at the Whale on Dec. 28


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (7-3-2, 3-3-1 ECAC), coming off a 19-day break for exams and holiday, hosts the Red Stars, a Russian touring team, in a Dec. 28 exhibition before going on the road to face Holy Cross on Dec. 30. The exhibition game at Ingalls Rink airs live on with a delayed airing on CPTV Sports. There is no broadcast of the Yale-Holy Cross game.
This is the third straight year the Red Stars are in the Northeast playing a tour of college teams. Yale, winners of both games by a pair of goals, won the 2010 game, 5-3, and then outscored the Stars 6-4 in 2011. The Bulldogs are 5-0 against Holy Cross in a series played between 1947 and 2011.

Dec. 2011 vs. Red Stars: The Bulldogs dusted off the rust from a 22-day break between games to register a 6-4 exhibition victory over the Russian Red Stars at Ingalls Rink. Kenny Agostino scored twice while Brian O'Neill '12 had three assists and Andrew Miller handed out a pair. Yale, which used a different goalie each period, outshot the Red Stars 40-34 and never trailed. Both squads scored a pair of power-play goals. Jan. 2011 vs. Holy Cross: The Elis scored five in the first and four in the middle frame on the way to a 10-3 win over Holy Cross. Agostino had a career-high 3-2-5 while Broc Little '11 added 3-1-4 in the win at New Haven.

Yale last played on Dec. 11 in a 4-2 win over UMass at Ingalls Rink. Four different Elis scored and Kenny Agostino handed out two assists while Jeff Malcolm had 27 saves.  

The Red Stars are an all-star team of 25 players, ages 17 to 21, from the 64-team "junior hockey league" called the MHL.  The league is the younger brother of the KHL, the "professional hockey league" in Russia. The MHL, with more than 2,000 players, is in its fourth year of existence and is the first junior hockey league that unites Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia. The Red Stars will face Army before Yale and Brown after.

Holy Cross is 9-4-2 overall (6-3-2 in Atlantic Hockey) after sweeping Penn State in Worcester on Dec. 7-8.  The Crusaders, who have been off since then and don't play a game until the Bulldogs come to the New England Sports Center, have wins over Clarkson, Air Force and RIT.  
Senior F Andrew Miller (116 gp, 29-98-127) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has 5-7-12 this season and is closing in on his 100th career assist. Miller is among a select group of college players who have more points than career games played. 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. His two goals against SLU on Nov. 10 this year were a career-high. 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 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.), who is seventh in the nation with .67 goals per game, has 17 goals over his last 21 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 16th in Division I with 1.25 points while leading the team with eight goals and 15 points. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (97 gp, 39-32-71), featured in a recent article, got hot when the Blue needed it most; he had nine goals over the final nine games, including his first collegiate hat trick in game three of the Princeton 2012 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), who beat No. 2 Denver with a power-play tally in OT on Nov. 23, ranks 16th with 1.25 points per game in Division I. He has been one of the hottest Bulldogs the last two seasons. Agostino, featured in a recent article, 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 (76 gp, 31-43-74) 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.

There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two 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, while classmate Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ) has been in uniform for the last three games. Newcomers Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY), Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) have seen plenty of action this year.    

Senior Jeff Malcolm (2.80, .903, 22-17-3) has the majority of action in the Yale net this year. He started the last three games, including a 33-save effort in a 2-2 OT tie with Union. Malcolm, who has nine starts this year, ranks 23rd in Division I with a .923 save percentage. His 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23 may have been his best as a Bulldog. Before that, Malcolm stopped 59 of 63 shots on Nov. 9-10 and did not give up a goal on 11 penalty kills. His 32 saves vs. SLU on Nov. 10 were a season-high. 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. His career-high is 45 saves against Union on Nov. 12, 2011.
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 751 saves and 14 wins. His latest win required nine saves (no goals allowed) over the last 29 minutes of the 6-5 win at Colorado College on Nov. 24. He also had 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 (3.00, .895, 14-10-4) had a career-high 40 saves in the 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac on Feb. 25, 2012.  
Six freshmen have been used in a game on many occasions this season, including three on defense and three at forward. 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. One of those big guys is Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick featured in a video this season.
The Elis won three straight games over ranked teams and are now 4-0-1 overall this season against teams with national rankings. Three (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College) of the four wins have come on the road. The other games were at home against St. Lawrence and Union (tie).
The Bulldogs are No. 7 in the Pairwise Rankings and are 15th in that website's poll. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll had Yale No. 14 on Dec. 17.
Yale has a team-high 14 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with 11 tallies. The sophomores are third with eight while the newcomers have hit the net four times.
In addition to the Jan. 18 Harvard game airing live on the NBC Sports Network, Yale games at Cornell (Jan. 25) and Quinnipiac (Feb. 22) are on the network formerly known as Versus.

The weekend of March 22-23 marks the last time the ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend is held at Atlantic City. Next March, the conference championships are back in Lake Placid at the 1980 Rink, the site of ECAC Championships in the 1990s. Yale has won a pair of conference tournament titles - 2009 at Albany and 2011 at Atlantic City.

Yale has 15 games against opponents ranked in the latest poll, including a January 4 date against No. 1 and defending national champion Boston College. Four opponents appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four.

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.
The current Yale roster is comprised of leaders and scholars. Here are some examples.
21        Captained a hockey team before coming to Yale
18        Captained another sports team
20        Won a scholar-athlete award
14        Graduated in top 10% of their class
10        National Honor Society Members
 4         Class Presidents
The current Yale roster is comprised of leaders and scholars. Here are some examples.
21        Captained a hockey team before coming to Yale
18        Captained another sports team
20        Won a scholar-athlete award
14        Graduated in top 10% of their class
10        National Honor Society Members
 4         Class Presidents
The Yale players were surveyed about each other, and here are the results:
Strongest player (pound for pound):                      8 Josh Balch
Fastest on skates:                                                              22 Tommy Fallen
Hardest Shot:                                                           28 Antoine Laganiere
Best fore-checker:                                                   20 Jesse Root
Best Passer:                                                              17 Andrew Miller
Best Singer:                                                               21 Colin Dueck
Sense of Humor:                                                             20 Jesse Root
Biggest Appetite:                                                     15 Clint Bourbonais
Most Soft Spoken:                                                  21Colin Dueck
Most Talkative:                                                              20 Jesse Root
Player you would want your sister to date:                    21 Colin Dueck
Best Dressed:                                                            17 Andrew Miller
Most Likely to be a Head Coach:                                  2 Gus Young
Most Unique Hobby:                                              17 Andrew Miller (Fabric Collector)
The Bulldogs are back on the road for a Jan. 4 game at Boston College.

Of the 18 Yale players who have decided on majors, six plan on earning degrees in political science. Three Elis have unique majors among teammates: Clinton Bourbonais (biomechanical engineering), Nick Maricic (philosophy) and Colin Dueck (psychology).

Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season including three with the AHL Manchester Monarchs.
Brian O'Neill '12 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Nick Jaskowiak '12 (Klostersee EHC, GerObL)           
Chad Ziegler '12 (Augusta Riverhawks, SPHL)           
Denny Kearney '11 (Louisiana IceGators, SPHL)
Broc Little '11 (AIK, SEL)
Jimmy Martin '11 (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL)
Mike Matczak '11 (Manchester Monachs, AHL)
Ken Trentowski '11 (Danbury Whalers, FHL)
Sean Backman '10 (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL)
Ryan Donald '10 (Gwinnett Gladiators, ECHL)
Mark Arcobello '10 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL)
David Meckler '09 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Brad Mills '07 (Utah Grizzlies, ECHL)
Joe Callahan '05 (Abbotsford Heat, AHL)
Yale and Fairfield co-hosted three (2009, 2011, 2012) of the last four NCAA East Regional Tournaments at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Bulldogs competed in two (2009, 2011) of the three at the arena. The two schools announced in November that they have another in 2014.
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.
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 53-18-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
Here are some important things to know if you are covering the Bulldogs or just working a game at Ingalls. Interviews: Yale head coach Keith Allain and select players are available on a semi-regular basis each week at Ingalls Rink, typically Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. If you would like to attend these informal media sessions, please contact Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn. Post-game interviews with Yale personnel are conducted in one of the youth locker rooms at ice level on the home side of the building. Let Steve Conn know who you would like to speak with immediately after the game. Media Gate List: Attendants stationed at the front and back of the rink have a media gate list to check off your name. Parking: The same list is used for PARKING in the garage (entrance off Prospect Street) behind the rink.

The Yale All-Access team is entirely comprised of students. Max Valenstein '13 returns for his second season of color commentary, while Addie Adams '15 is the new voice of Yale Hockey.  Behind the scenes, Patrick Ouziel '13, Taylor Stib '15, Daniel Stern '16 and Sam Dorward '13 work on the production. Since it began broadcasting hockey in 2010, YAA has grown exponentially and now averages about 1,000 viewers per broadcast. Broadcasts can be viewed online for free at the Yale University Campus youtube page or at

WYBC Yale Radio has broadcast Yale hockey games for decades. A completely student-run operation, the broadcasts are organized by John Ryan '14 and Evan Frondorf '14, who also will serve as on-air talent this season along with Konrad Coutinho '13, Nell Meosky '14, Arturo Schultz '14, and Alex Eppler '16. WYBC will broadcast all home games and select road games, each with a pre-game inteview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, and all live coverage can be heard online at