March 15, 2013

SLU-Yale in ECAC Series This Weekend

 
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team hosts St. Lawrence in a 2013 ECAC Tournament Quarterfinal Series on March 15-17 at Ingalls Rink. The best-of-three set against the Saints includes all 7 p.m. starts and airs live on America One Sports. The winner advances to the ECAC Championship Weekend at Atlantic City. The Bulldogs (16-10-3) earned the No. 3 seed and the first-round bye by winning its last three games, while the Saints (18-14-4) advanced to the quarterfinals by winning the first two games of the first-round series against Colgate.

 

WATCH ON AMERICA ONE SPORTS

Unlike Yale home regular season contests that were seen free on Yale All Access, ECAC Tournament games at every site air live on America One Sports.

 

SERIES

Yale took the season series by taking 4-2 and 5-3 decisions in November and January, but the Saints have a 56-30-9 overall lead and a 7-6-2 advantage in ECAC playoff games. However, the Elis are ahead (5-3-2) in quarterfinal series contests, the last coming in 2010 at Ingalls with SLU taking game one and Yale winning the last two.

 

BULLDOGS

Yale won three straight one-goal games to close the regular season and take third place. During the sweep of Colgate and Cornell at the Whale, the Elis outshot the New York squads 70-52 and scored twice on four power plays. Five different Bulldogs hit the net while Yale took just four penalties on the weekend.

 

YALE IN ECACS

The Blue has played 77 ECAC Playoff contests since the first in 1967 and are 25-47-5 overall. Yale, winners of 12 of its last 15 conference playoff games, went 3-3 last year after taking the first-round set with Princeton (2-1) and falling at Harvard in the quarterfinals (2-1). The Bulldogs have two (2009, 2011) ECAC Tournament Championships. Yale has advanced to the conference championship weekend five times. The Blue played in two ECAC championship weekends at the Boston Garden in the 1980s, skated at Lake Placid in 1998 and won titles at Albany (2009) and Atlantic City (2011). This is the sixth straight season the Elis have hosted a conference playoff series, the longest string in school history.

ST. LAWRENCE

The Saints (18-14-4), who ended the regular season with three straight losses and finished sixth in the standings, bounced back with two straight wins (4-2, 4-1) at home against Colgate in the first round of the ECACs last weekend. The nation's leading goal scorer, junior forward Greg Carey (28-23-51), is someone to keep an eye on this weekend. He netted two goals and three points against the Raiders last week. The boys from Canton also got a lift from senior captain Kyle Flanagan, who missed the last weekend of the regular season with an appendicitis but returned with five points in the Colgate series. Junior Matt Weninger (.916, 2.72) has every decision in net, and he stopped 56 of 59 shots to help SLU advance to the quarterfinals.

ECAC QUARTERFINALS (March 15-17)
No. 9 Cornell at No. 1 Quinnipiac
No. 7 Brown at No. 2 Rensselaer
No. 6 St. Lawrence at No. 3 Yale
No. 5 Dartmouth at No. 4 Union

ECAC SEMIFINALS AT ATLANTIC CITY (March 22)
Semifinal No. 1 - 4 p.m.; Semifinal No. 2 - 7:30 p.m.

THIRD-PLACE & CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AT ATLANTIC CITY (March 23)
Third-Place Game - 4 p.m.
Championship Game - 7 p.m.

MILLER

Senior F Andrew Miller (133 gp, 38-107-145) is the 115th captain of Yale men's hockey and an All-America candidate with 14-16-30 overall this season. Miller is second among ECAC players in points (1.14) during conference play after scoring twice and handing out two assists on the last weekend of the regular season. He had a string of 11 straight games with a point end on Feb. 2, while his 16 assists (14 primary) this season helped him become only the second Bulldog to get 100 career helpers. Miller,  the 2012-13 Ivy League Player of the Year, who is sixth 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.

LAGANIERE

Senior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) has more goals (31) than any other Bulldog over the last two seasons and is second on the team with 12 this winter. Only two other players in the conference have more goals than Laganiere over the last two years. He was ECAC Player of the Week after getting 2-3-5 against Harvard/Dartmouth on Jan. 18-19. One of the most improved Bulldogs last year, he had his best campaign with 19 goals and 33 points. Laganiere (111 gp, 43-36-79), a second-team All-Ivy pick this year, 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 2011-12 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) is an All-America candidate who leads the team with 33 points and is tied for second in the ECAC for points (1.14) in conference games. Agostino impacted four (1-3-4) of the six goals on the last weekend of the regular season. 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. Agostino, a second-team All-Ivy pick this winter, 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 (93 gp, 39-53-92) 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 among D1 rookies with .86 points per game.

 

CLASS OF 2013

Six Yale seniors are playing their last games at home this weekend. They've been part of 81 victories, two ECAC titles and three Ivy championships and had their hands in two thirds of the most successful run (2008 to 2011) in Yale hockey history. The class of 13 experienced a 2010 conference regular season title, a 2011 ECAC Tournament Championship in Atlantic City and NCAA Regional victories over North Dakota and Air Force. Five of the six were in uniform as rookies when the Elis stunned the Fighting Sioux at Worcester in arguably the most significant victory in program history.  The same five wore the home white jerseys at Bridgeport a year later when the Blue, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, beat the Cadets in overtime.

 

REGULAR SEASON MEETINGS

Andrew Miller scored twice to lead the Elis to the 4-2 win over SLU at New Haven in November. Five different Bulldogs hit the net at Canton two months later in Yale's 5-3 win.

 

BULLDOG BITES

Yale did not have a penalty in the March 2 game against Cornell… Six Yale players have two game-winning goals each… The Elis, who have won three straight one-goal contests heading into the playoffs, are 7-3 overall in one-goal games this year… The Bulldogs played six post-season games with four OT frames last March over two weekends… The Blue is 8-3-1 at home and 7-7 in road games… Stu Wilson ranks 11th among conference rookies in points (.41) in ECAC games.

 

ALL-IVY LEAGUE

Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), the 2012-13 Ivy League Player of the Year, was one of five Bulldogs to earn All-Ivy League honors this season. Miller, a first-team selection, was joined by second-team picks Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.), Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.) and Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ). Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) earned honorable mention status. Miller led the Blue to its third Ivy team title in the last four years. He is Yale's third Ivy Player of the Year in four seasons and ninth overall, following Brian O'Neill (2011-12) and Sean Backman (2009-10).

 

ANCIENT EIGHT

Yale (8-2-0) won its third Ivy League title in four years by defeating Princeton on Feb. 23. The Elis have won 11 Ivy championships, including five under Keith Allain.

 

SCORING CLASS

All four classes are now in double figures. Yale has a team-high 29 goals from its senior class. The juniors, who have the most points on the team, are second with 25 tallies. The sophomores are third with 18 while the newcomers have hit the net 12 times.

 

BLUE LINE

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 (113 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. The Blue blueliners have contributed 10 goals.   

 

MALCOLM

Senior Jeff Malcolm (career: 2.74, .904, 30-19-4), 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. He did not dress for five straight games until Feb. 23 in the re-match at Old Nassau. Malcolm returned that night to stop 17 shots in the 4-3 win. He made it three in a row with 48 saves in a sweep of Colgate/Cornell on March 1-2. 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.

 

MARICIC

Senior Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.) got three starts while Malcolm was out, 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 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. 

 

WILSON

Sophomore Connor Wilson (Cary, NC), the first Carolinian on a Yale hockey roster, has two career starts. He stopped 18 of 21 shots and four of five advantages at RPI on Feb. 16.

 

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. 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.

 

RANKING, POLLS

The Bulldogs, tied for 10t in the uscho.com Pairwise Rankings as of March 10, were as high as fifth at the beginning of February. The USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the uscho.com media poll both had the Elis at No.13 this past week.

 

ON TV

Yale is 3-3 playing on TV this season. The Jan. 18 Harvard (4-0 W) game, the Jan. 25 game at Cornell (3-2 W) and the Feb. 22 Quinnipiac contest (4-1 L) aired live on the NBC Sports Network. 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 was on Time Warner Cable at Union (4-2 L) on Feb. 15.

 

RANKING OPPONENTS

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.

 

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 (Fabrics)

 

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 6-3-1 this year, 58-20-4 over the last four-plus seasons at the Whale and 14-11-3 in home ECAC playoff games all time.

 

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 (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.

 

NEXT YEAR

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.

 

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.

 

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 have another in 2014.

 

NEWTOWN

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.

 

ATTENTION MEDIA

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 (off Prospect Street) behind the rink.

 

WYBC

There are three ways to listen to WYBC's coverage of all home games and select away games. Fans can find the broadcasts on WYBC-AM 1340 (also WYBC.com or TuneIn.com). Plus, smartphone users can download the TuneIn app to listen to the WYBC-AM stream on their mobile device. The coverage, including an interview with Yale head coach Keith Allain, begins 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