Bulldogs Looking to Add to Success

Bulldogs Looking to Add to Success

ECAC Games at Cornell, Colgate This Weekend

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –   The Yale men's hockey team (11-4-3, 7-3-1 ECAC, 2nd) heads to Northern New York for the second time in three weeks to play an important pair of ECAC Hockey contests. The No. 7/8 Bulldogs, unbeaten in their last five, take on No. 18 Cornell (8-7-2, 4-4-2) Friday night at 7:30 at Lynah Rink in a game that airs live on NBC Sports Network before skating at Colgate's Starr Rink Saturday at 7.

Y-Cornell: The Big Red has a 79-58-5 advantage dating to the first encounter in 1902, a 5-0 Yale win. Cornell swept the 2011-12 season series, ending an eight-game Bulldog win streak in the series.
Y-Colgate: The Raiders have a 46-42-5 edge on Yale after splitting last year's meetings. The Blue had a five-game unbeaten streak until losing at Hamilton last winter.

Y-Big Red: Cornell swept Yale last year, 6-2 and 4-2, with four different skaters scoring goals for the Blue, which went a combined 2-for-11 on the advantage. Jeff Malcolm started in the Eli net both games and made 40 total saves.
Y-Raiders: The two split last year with home teams winning both. Yale won 2-0 and Colgate grabbed the second contest, 4-2. Antoine Laganiere scored a goal in both games. Jeff Malcolm made 63 saves combined in both starts.

Yale earned a second straight weekend conference sweep by outscoring Harvard/Dartmouth 8-2, but the crucial detail may have been special teams. The Elis did not allow a power-play goal for 18 straight kills over the last two weeks and are 18 for their last 19. The Big Green had only allowed four PPG all season heading into Saturday but the Blue scored twice on the advantage. The home team had a 66-50 advantage in shots last weekend as Trent Ruffolo, Antoine Laganiere and Andrew Miller each had a pair of goals. Jeff Malcolm stopped 48 of 50 shots in the Yale net.

Cornell, coming off a road conference split (both 3-2) last week, beat Union and lost to RPI. The Red have held opponents to a goal or less six times this year and had a four-game win streak that began with a 5-1 win over Michigan on Nov. 24.
Colgate, 11-9-2 (3-6-1), which dropped a pair of 2-1 games at Union and RPI last week, had its five-game win streak end. The Raiders have outscored opponents 74-56 this season.

Yale swept all three of the conference weekly awards last week, this week the Blue took two. Jeff Malcolm won goalie of the week for a second straight time while Antoine Laganiere (player) grabbed his first ECAC honor this season. Yale had one (Stu Wilson) ECAC honor before the SLU/Clarkson weekend, but now his six… The Blue is 5-1-1 on the road… Yale had its annual alumni game last weekend with the White beating the Blue 15-14 in four periods. There were 35 former Elis in the game, including guys like Jim Trowbridge '60 (the most seasoned) and Ray Giroux '98 (most decorated).

Senior F Andrew Miller (122 gp, 33-101-134) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate. He has 9-10-19 this season after a two-goal weekend at home against Harvard/Dartmouth. His 10 assists (all primaries) this season helped him become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career helpers. 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.

Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) is an All-America candidate who is 2nd in the nation with .67 goals per game. The big forward had 2-3-5 last weekend against Harvard/Dartmouth and earned ECAC Player of the Week honors. He has 21 goals over his last 27 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He ranks 14th in Division I with 1.28 points while leading the team with 12 goals. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (103 gp, 43-36-79), 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 tied with Antoine Laganiere for the team lead in points with 23. His four-point road weekend at SLU/Clarkson earned him ECAC Player of the Week, but his biggest goal of the year beat No. 2 Denver in OT on Nov. 23. He ranks 14th with 1.28 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 (82 gp, 34-48-82) 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.

Seven current Yale players have scored goals against the Big Red. Senior Andrew Miller has been the most productive Bulldog against Cornell over the last three years with two goals and five points. Juniors Kenny Agostino and Jesse Root each have three points. Meanwhile, Yale head coach Keith Allain is 8-4-2 against the Big Red.

Stu Wilson and Cornell's John Knisley are both from Pittsford, N.Y... Mitch Witek, Anthony Day and Jacob MacDonald all played for USHL Waterloo... Nick Weberg and Kirill Gotovets both played for Shattuck-St. Mary's... Colin Dueck and Joel Lowry are both from Calgary.

Yale has a team-high 23 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who have the most points on the team, are second with 17 tallies. The sophomores are third with 14 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 seven goals and 37 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: 2.74, .905, 26-18-4) stopped 48 of 50 shots last weekend to earn this week's ECAC Goalie of the Week. It was his second straight award. He made 68 saves the week before at SLU/Clarkson. He started the last nine games, including a 33-save effort in a 2-2 OT tie with Union. Malcolm, who has 15 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 and is the son of RIT head coach Wayne Wilson, while Rob O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, was featured in a bostonbruins.com video this season.
The Bulldogs are 5th in the uscho.com "Pairwise Rankings," the system that most closely resembles the NCAA Selection Committee's. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll has Yale No. 7, while the Blue is No. 8 in the uscho.com media poll.

The Jan. 18 Yale-Harvard game aired live on the NBC Sports Network. This Friday's game at Cornell and the Quinnipiac (Feb. 22) contest are also 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 are top 10 in Division I in two categories, scoring offense (3.33, 9th) and power play efficiency (23.1, 6th). Yale's scoring defense (2.67) and penalty kill (83.7) are both 27th.

The Elis are 5-0-2 overall this season against teams with national rankings the week of the game. 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), Union (tie) and Dartmouth (win). Yale is 1-1-3 against teams currently in the uscho.com top 20 poll.
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 (Brooks Arena), the site of ECAC Championships from 1993 to 2002. Yale has won a pair of conference tournament titles - 2009 at Albany and 2011 at Atlantic City.

Yale has 11 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.
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 55-18-4 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.

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 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


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