BLUE LOOKS TO CAPITALIZE ON CAPITOL SET
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team has a huge test in its Capitol District road trip this weekend. The Bulldogs, coming off their first back-to-back losses of the season, look to retain second place in a very tight ECAC standings while gaining some steam heading into the final few weekends of the regular season. The Blue takes on Union on Friday (Time Warner Cable TV) before skating at Rensselaer Saturday night. Both face-offs are at 7. Both games can be seen live on the home school's website.
The Elis have a 21-16-4 lead in a series that began in 1991-92, the year Union replaced Army in ECAC Hockey. The teams split the last two seasons and they skated to a 2-2 tie at New Haven this year. Gus Young's goal with 4:38 left in regulation capped a two-goal comeback for Yale (No. 15 at the time) earned a draw with Union (12) before 3,500 at Ingalls Rink. Charles Orzetti had the other Bulldog goal, while Jeff Malcolm made 33 saves.
The Bulldogs and Engineers first played in 1908-09 and RPI has a 52-38-6 lead. The teams split the series the last two years with visitors winning both times in 2011-12. The Engineers won the meeting at Ingalls this year, 6-1. Tommy Fallen scored in the first period to give the Blue a lead.
Yale, after going unbeaten in five straight in January, has dipped in February and is clinging to a two-point lead over Princeton, Dartmouth and RPI in the ECAC standings.
The Blue outshot Brown 44-32 on Tuesday night but fell 1-0. Nick Maricic stopped 31 shots and all three power plays, but the Elis (1 power-play chance) did not match that success at the other end. Yale finishes the regular season with four of its six games on the road in a conference that has six points separating the second and 10th teams.
Union (13-10-5) is looking to snap a three-game winless streak after coming up empty on last weekend's Clarkson/St. Lawrence trip. The Dutchmen, a season removed from its first Frozen 4 appearance, had a three-game win streak before the recent dropoff which currently has them in sixth place. RPI (12-11-5), third in the ECAC standings, is on a four-game win streak that includes a pair of shutouts at home and a road sweep of Clarkson/SLU.
Senior F Andrew Miller (127 gp, 34-104-138) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate. He has 10-13-23 overall this season while he is second among ECAC players in points during conference play (3rd in assists). Miller had a string of 11 straight games with a point end on Feb. 2. His 13 assists (12 primary) 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.
Yale Career Assists
Bob Brooke 113 1979–83
Andrew Miller 104 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 138 2009-Pres. Recently passed Denny Kearney, Dan Poliziani
Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) is an All-America candidate who is 17th in the nation with .52 goals per game and leads the conference with five power play goals. He was ECAC Player of the Week after getting 2-3-5 against Harvard/Dartmouth on Jan. 18-19. He has 22 goals over his last 32 games, including a pair in the Dec. 2 win over Brown. He is averaging a point per game 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 (105 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 who leads the team with 27 points and is tied for the ECAC lead in points (19) in conference games. His four-point road weekend at SLU/Clarkson earned him ECAC Player of the Week. Agostino's biggest goal of the year beat No. 2 Denver in OT on Nov. 23. He ranks 17th with 1.21 points per game in Division I and is also 17th with .52 goals. 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 (87 gp, 37-49-86) 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.
Yale and Union are tied for 4th in the ECAC in scoring offense (2.88) for conference games. For scoring defense, RPI is fourth, Union fifth and Yale sixth (2.69). The Bulldog power play is third in the ECAC (21.3) while the PK is sixth (82.9) during conference play.
The league (Ivy) within the conference (ECAC) has Yale (6-2-0) two points ahead of Dartmouth (4-2-2) with Princeton and Brown each four points back... There are six games left in Yale's regular season, including two at home… Yale's 3.04 goals per game overall this year are second among ECAC teams.
Yale has a team-high 24 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who have the most points on the team, are second with 22 tallies. The sophomores are third with 15 while the newcomers have hit the net nine 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 47 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 in 2012-13, classmate Mitch Witek (Downers Grove, Ill.) has also seen some action.
Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.75, .905, 27-19-4), a two-time ECAC Goalie of the Week this season, started 12 straight games before suffering an injury on Feb. 1 against Princeton in the third minute of the first period. His season-high is 36 saves at St. Lawrence in a 5-3 win, while his longest scoreless streak is 111:39. His best game may have been 32 saves in the 2-1 OT win at No. 2 Denver on Nov. 23. Before that, Malcolm stopped 59 of 63 shots on Nov. 9-10 and did not give up a goal on 11 penalty kills. 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 (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.) has started the last two games, including a 31-save effort in the 1-0 loss at Brown. He entered the Feb. 1 game vs. Princeton in the third minute after Jeff Malcolm was injured. He stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn the win that night, while making 21 saves in the first two periods the next night against Quinnipiac.He 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 917 saves and 15 wins. He had 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 (2.94, .897, 15-12-4) 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 9th 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. 9, while the Blue is No. 10 in the uscho.com media poll.
Yale is 3-1 playing on TV this season. The Jan. 18 Yale-Harvard (4-0 W) game and the Jan. 25 game at Cornell (3-2 W) aired live on the NBC Sports Network.The Quinnipiac (Feb. 22) contest is also on the network formerly known as Versus. The exhibition against the Red Stars (10-2 W) aired on CPTV Sports, which had live coverage of the Feb. 2 home Quinnpiac (6-2 L) contest.
Yale's first loss of the year against a nationally ranked team came on Feb. 2 vs. Quinnipiac. The Elis are 6-1-2 overall this season against teams with national rankings the week of the game. Four (Harvard, Denver, Colorado College, Cornell) of the 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 2-2-3 against teams currently in the uscho.com top 20 poll.
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 (Fabrics)
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 nine 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.
Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton will take part in a soon-to-be named event at the Prudential Center in Trenton, N.J., home of the New Jersey Devils. The four Ivy schools will drop the puck on their regular seasons (like with the Ivy Shootout) at this two-day event.
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.
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 6-3-1 this year, 56-20-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.
Seniors Andrew Miller (127), Colin Dueck (109) and Antoine Laganiere (108) 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. 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 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.
There are now three ways to listen to WYBC's coverage of all home men's hockey games and select away games. Fans can now find the broadcasts on WYBC-AM 1340, but they can also find an online stream on WYBC.com or TuneIn.com. Plus, smartphone users can download the TuneIn app to listen to the WYBC-AM stream on their mobile device. WYBC's pregame coverage, including an interview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, will begin 15 minutes before every game only on WYBC.com, with the AM broadcast beginning just before the puck drops at the top of the hour.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director