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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  The Yale men's hockey team (7-4-3, 3-3-1 ECAC) begins the stretch run of conference play with a road trip to the North Country to face two strong teams. The Bulldogs, ranked 12th by the computers (No. 14 by voters), are coming off a 3-3 tie at Boston College. They take on St. Lawrence this Friday at Appleton Arena in Canton before heading down the road to Potsdam to faceoff against Clarkson at the Cheel Center. The puck drops at 7 both nights on games that can be seen on the school's website broadcasts.

SERIES
Yale took the last meeting in November, but the Saints have a 56-29-9 overall lead and a 7-6-2 advantage in ECAC playoff games. The Elis are ahead (5-3-2) in quarterfinal series contests. The Elis have played Clarkson 107 times since 1929-30 and the Knights own a 70-33-4 lead. Yale has taken four of the last six meetings after falling to Clarkson at home in November.

LAST MEETING
Yale 4, SLU 2: Andrew Miller hit the net twice and Jeff Malcolm made 32 saves in a 4-2 Yale win over SLU on Nov. 10 at New Haven. The Saints, who were ranked No. 13 at the time, had a slight edge in shots but went scoreless on seven advantages. Yale, unranked at the time, also got goals from Kenny Agostino and Trent Ruffolo.
Clarkson 1, Yale 0: Greg Lewis stopped all 22 shots and three power plays to get the shutout in net. Jeff Malcolm had 27 saves for the Elis on Nov. 9.

BULLDOGS
Seven diffferent Yalies got a point in the 3-3 OT draw at Boston College as the Bulldogs erased a 2-0 deficit with three straight goals. The Eagles evened it with a two-man advantage in the second period. The visitors had a 48-22 advantage in shots, while 21 of Yale's 48 shots came on six power-play attempts. Colin Dueck, Ryan Obuchowski and Andrew Miller found the net for the Blue, while Jeff Malcolm made 19 saves.

BULLDOG BITES
Sophomore defenseman Tommy Fallen has a three-game point streak, while classmate and fellow blueliner Matt Killian has a two straight games with points... Junior Jesse Root and sophomore Trent Ruffolo, who have combined for 14 points this season and were out of the lineup with an injury the last three games, returned to the lineup at BC... The crowd of 7,213 at Conte Forum was the largest to view a Yale game this year... It was the first tie in 55 meetings between the two schools... Assistant coach Dan Muse spent the last few weeks as the video coordinator for the 2013 U.S. Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

NORTH COUNTRY TEAMS
SAINTS: SLU (8-9-2 overall) split a series with RIT last weekend at Canton, both scores were 4-3. The Saints have wins over W. Michigan, Northeastern and Maine this season.
KNIGHTS: Clarkson, 3-3-1 in ECAC play, is coming off a pair of losses to 2012 NCAA Regional participant UMass-Lowell last weekend at Potsdam. The Knights' most recent wins were a sweep of the home-and-home series with rival St. Lawrence last month.

MILLER
Senior F Andrew Miller (118 gp, 30-99-129) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey. He has 6-8-14 this season and needs one more assist to become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career assists. Miller is also 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.

Yale Career Assists
Bob Brooke              113         1979–83
Andrew Miller            99           2009-Pres.
 
Yale Career Points
Jeff Hamilton           173         1996–01
Brian O'Neill             163         2008-12
Mark Kaufmann        160         1989–93
Bob Kudelski           158         1983–87
Bob Brooke              155         1979–83
Broc Little                 142         2007-11
Randy Wood            141         1982–86
Denny Kearney           131         2007-11
Dan Poliziani            131         1978–82
Andrew Miller            129         2009-Pres.
 
LAGANIERE
Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), who is 6th in the nation with .64 goals per game, has 18 goals over his last 23 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 20th in Division I with 1.14 points while leading the team with nine goals. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (99 gp, 40-32-72), featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com 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.
 
AGOSTINO
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 1.21 points per game in Division I. He has been one of the hottest Bulldogs the last two seasons. Agostino, featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, was third on the team 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 (78 gp, 32-44-76) has scored other significant, late goals. Last winter, he scored goals in consecutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation (win, OT loss). 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 3-2-5 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.

SCORING CLASS
Yale has a team-high 17 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with 12 tallies. The sophomores are third with 10 while the newcomers have hit the net five times.

BLUE LINE
There are seven defensemen on the Yale roster, including one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. The Blue blueliners have contributed six goals and 28 points. 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.    

MALCOLM
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.85, .901, 22-18-4) has the majority of action in the Yale net this year. He started the last five games, including a 33-save effort in a 2-2 OT tie with Union. Malcolm, who has 11 starts this year, had 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23, which 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.
 
MARICIC
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.  
 
FROSH
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 bostonbruins.com video this season.
 
RANKING, POLLS
The Bulldogs are tied for No. 12 in the uscho.com Pairwise Rankings, the system that most closely resembles the NCAA Selection Committee's. The folks voting for the uscho.com and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine all have Yale No. 14 this week.

RANKING OPPONENTS
The Elis won three straight games over ranked teams and are now 4-0-2 overall this season against teams with national rankings. Three (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College) of the four wins have come on the road. The other road game was at Boston College (tie), while the Elis had home contests against St. Lawrence (win) and Union (tie). Yale is 1-1-1 against teams currently in the top 15 of the pairwise rankings.
 
ON TV
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 exhibition against the Red Stars aired on CPTV Sports, which also plans to cover the Feb. 2 Quinnpiac contest.

ECAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.

SCHEDULE
Yale has 10 games against opponents ranked in the latest uscho.com poll. Four opponents appeared in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and two (BC, Union) advanced to the Frozen Four.

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
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.

BEFORE YALE
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.
 
ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
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
 
ACCOMPLISHED LEADERS
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
 
SURVEY SAYS
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)
 
AFTER THIS
Yale is home to face Harvard and Dartmouth on Jan. 18-19 for alumni weekend and a pair of 7 p.m. starts.

MAJORS
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).
BULLDOGS PLAYING PRO
Fourteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season including Mark Arcobello '10, who has 31 points in 32 games this season for AHL Oklahoma City.
 
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, Elmira Jackels, ECHL)
Mike Matczak '11 (Manchester Monachs, AHL/Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL)
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)
 
HARBOR YARD
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.
 
INGALLS
Yale celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500) 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 53-18-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
 
ATTENTION MEDIA
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.

YALE ALL ACCESS
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 for free at the Yale Campus youtube page or at yalebulldogs.com.

WYBC
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 wybc.com.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director