Bulldogs Have Big ECAC Weekend
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After four straight road contests and not playing at home since Dec. 28, the No. 12 Yale men's hockey team (9-4-3, 5-3-1) is back at the Whale for a big conference set with Ancient Eight ties and alumni weekend. Harvard (5-8-1, 3-6-0) comes to New Haven on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game that airs live on NBC Sports Network. The Bulldogs host No. 11 Dartmouth (9-5-2, 5-3-1) on Saturday (Yale All Access) at 7. Both contests can be heard live on wybcx.com.
There are no tickets available for Friday's game, a limited number of them are available for Saturday.
Y vs. H: There have been 236 meetings in eight different cities. The first meeting was Feb. 26, 1900, in New York, a 5-4 Yale victory. The two teams split last year's regular season meetings and then Harvard won a three-game ECAC quarterfinal series in March at Boston. Harvard leads the overall series, 138-80-18 but the teams have split the last six.
Y vs. D: Yale, which leads the Dartmouth series 106-88-13, is 10-1-1 in its last dozen meetings. The Big Green earned a win and a tie already this season against the Blue. The 208th meeting is Saturday.
Y vs. H: The Blue put a season-high, 49 shots on target and got two goals each from Jesse Root and Kenny Agostino in a 5-1 win over Harvard on Nov. 3 at Boston. Jeff Malcolm made 28 saves and stopped all four advantages in the Yale net.
Y vs. D: Opening night for conference play on Nov. 2 at Hanover was a 7-4 Big Green win as Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant stopped 35 shots.
Yale earned its first North Country sweep in nine years by outscoring last weekend's opponents 8 to 4. After outshooting Boston College by 26 shots in a 3-3 tie, the Elis had to be more efficient with 73 shots between the two games, and converting four of eight power plays played a big role. Seven different Bulldogs found the net, Kenny Agostino (4 points) did it twice. Jeff Malcolm stopped 68 of 72 shots to earn both wins in net.
Harvard, coming off a stunning, 6-5 OT win at Boston University and a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth last week, seeks its first ECAC win since beating Cornell on Nov. 16. Alex Fallstrom and Tommy O'Regan lead the team with 10 points while Jimmy Vesey has a team-high 10 goals. Raphael Girard (3.18, .906, 5-8-1) has most of the action in net.
Dartmouth, which stopped a three-game skid by beating its travel partner last Saturday, plays Brown Friday before coming to the Whale. Tyler Sikura and Eric Robinson are tied for the team lead with eight goals, while Charles Grant (2.40, .916, 3-3-1) and Cab Morris (1.98, .921, 6-2-1) have shared the duties in goal.
Yale scored empty-net goals in both games last weekend... The Blue swept SLU in the regular season and gained a split with Clarkson... Yale scored and had double-digit SOG in 5 of the 6 periods last week... The Yale Alumni Game is 2:30 Saturday at Ingalls.
Friday's first intermission will be extended for a special presentation honoring Yale President Richard Levin's 20-year impact on the success of the athletic program. All of the varsity head coaches will be on hand to celebrate his tenure and present him with a varsity letter sweater, a varsity blanket and a special tray with an inscription that reads: "With great appreciation and passion for Yale Varsity Teams and student-athletes in their quest for high academic and athletic achievement."
Senior F Andrew Miller (120 gp, 31-101-132) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate. He has 7-10-17 this season and became only the second Bulldog to get 100 career assists with a helper at SLU on Jan. 11. Miller, 8th on Yale's career points list, 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 101 2009-Pres.
Yale Career Points Total Years Career Note
Jeff Hamilton 173 1996–01 All-American, Hobey Finalist, Scored 32 NHL goals
Brian O'Neill 163 2008-12 All-American, Playing in AHL Manchester
Mark Kaufmann 160 1989–93 All-American, Hobey Finalist
Bob Kudelski 158 1983–87 NHL All-Star
Bob Brooke 155 1979–83 Olympian, 166 NHL points
Broc Little 142 2007-11 All-American, Playing in Sweden
Randy Wood 141 1982–86 All-American, 175 NHL goals
Andrew Miller 132 2009-Pres. passed Denny Kearney, Dan Poliziani
Senior F Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) is an All-America candidate who is 5th in the nation with .62 goals per game. He has 19 goals over his last 25 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 22nd in Division I with 1.12 points while leading the team with 10 goals. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (101 gp, 41-33-74), 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.
Yale junior forward Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) is an All-America candidate coming off a four-point weekend on the road that earned ECAC Player of the Week honors. His biggest goal of the year beat No. 2 Denver in OT on Nov. 23. He ranks 13th with 1.21 points per game in Division I. Agostino, featured in a recent hockeysfuture.com article, had 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 (80 gp, 34-46-80) 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.
BLUE, CRIMSON, NUMBERS
Yale's Class of 2013 will skate at least 11 times against Harvard, which is unprecedented in this ancient rivarly. The Elis have won six of the 10. Two other classes had 10 games with the Crimson. Seniors Andrew Miller (1-8-9) and Antoine Laganiere (3-2-5) have been very productive in those games, but junior Kenny Agostino leads the way with 6-4-10. Senior goalies Jeff Malcolm (1-2 record) and Nick Maricic (2-2) have combined to go 3-4 vs. Harvard. Meanwhile, Yale head coach Keith Allain is 10-7-1 against the Crimson.
Yale has a team-high 19 goals from its senior class. The juniors are second with 16 tallies. The sophomores are third with 11 while the newcomers have hit the net six times.
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 31 points. Senior Colin Dueck (Calgary, Alb.) has the most experience (over 100 games) 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 also been key contributor this year. Newcomers Rob O'Gara (Nesconset, NY) and Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) have been regulars this year, classmate Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) has seen some action.
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.82, .903, 24-18-4) made 68 saves last week to earn ECAC Goalie of the Week honors. He started the last seven games, including a 33-save effort in a 2-2 OT tie with Union. Malcolm, who has 13 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 36 saves at SLU on Jan. 11 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. Some have already distinguished themselves since arriving in New Haven: Stu Wilson has earned conference rookie of the week honors twice, while Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick featured in a bostonbruins.com video this season.
The Bulldogs are 9th 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. 12 this week.
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 live coverage of the Feb. 2 home Quinnpiac contest.
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.
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 13 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.
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 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)
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).
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 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.
Seniors Andrew Miller, Colin Dueck and Antoine Laganiere hit triple digits in career games this season. The school record is 138, shared by Jimmy Martin '11, Denny Kearney '11 and Brian O'Neill '12.
The Bulldogs are wearing a sticker with a ribbon on the back of their helmets in memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook (Newtown) School shootings. Equipment manager Jeff Torre added them to the head gear prior to the game at Boston College.
Yale hit the trifecta with conference awards handed out Jan. 14. Kenny Agostino (Player), Jeff Malcolm (Goalie) and Stu Wilson (Rookie) were all selected in what may have been Yale's first-ever sweep of the awards. It was Wilson's second selection this season.
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 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