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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team opens its 2013-14 regular season by playing in the 2013 Liberty Invitational at Newark's Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. The Bulldogs play Brown on Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. before facing Princeton the following night at 7. Both games can be heard live on WYBC (AM-1340).
GIVE ME LIBERTY
This is the inaugural year of the Liberty Invitational. The two-day, four game tournament features four ECAC schools, Princeton, Yale, Brown and Dartmouth, competing for the Liberty Trophy. Over the next three years, the tournament features Princeton and Yale with invitational spots filled by Hockey East programs at Maine, Massachusetts, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack and Vermont.
Yale leads the series with Brown 89-71-8. The Bears and Bulldogs split one-goal decisions last winter. Saturday is the 247th meeting between Yale and Princeton with the Elis holding a 135-102-9 lead. The Blue has won the last four, including a sweep of the ECAC Quarterfinal series at the Whale last March.
A weekend snowstorm blanketed New Haven County and forced this game to be postponed twice before a pair of senior goalies put on a show in a 1-0 Brown win over No. 9/10 Yale. Anthony Borelli stopped all 44 shots to earn the game's top honors before 1,205 at Meehan Auditorium. Yale's Nick Maricic stopped 31 of 32 shots and all three Brown power plays.
Official practices began on Oct. 11, eight days later the Bulldogs got their first pre-season test with an exhibition against the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) at Ingalls Rink. Yale outscored the Ridgebacks 9-2, getting goals from eight different players and a strong showing in net by three different goalies.
The Bulldogs, coming off the 2012-13 NCAA Championship run, are ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll and seventh in the uscho.com poll. Yale was picked first in one ECAC Hockey pre-season poll and second in another.
TICKETS AT THE WHALE
A limited number of tickets are available for all regular season home games, including the night the national championship banner gets raised, Nov. 1 against St. Lawrence (SRO only). The only game completely sold out at this point is Feb. 14 against Quinnipiac.
AFTER THIS WEEKEND
Yale begins ECAC play when St. Lawrence and Clarkson come to Ingalls Rink the first weekend in November. Prior to Friday's 7 p.m. contest, the 2013 National Championship banner will be unveiled with both the ceremony and game airing live on ESPN3.
The Yale roster includes players from 12 different states, two provinces and Norway. Five players represent New Jersey, Minnesota has three players while Massachusetts, Florida, and Michigan each contribute a pair.
The United States Hockey League contributed nine players to the Bulldog roster. There are three from the British Columbia Hockey League, four from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and one from the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. Nine Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools and one came from the US National Team.
The Bulldogs have just four seniors, including three forwards and a defenseman. There are seven juniors, eight sophomores and eight newcomers.
COACH ALLAIN ON EXHIBITION
"We weren't perfect, but I like the fact that we got better as the game went on. Our focus and discipline was great in the third period. We got out of the game what we wanted to get," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
Yale hockey celebrated the re-dedication of Ingalls Rink (3,500 capacity) 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.
Sophomore Connor Wilson (Cary, NC) and freshmen Patrick Spano (Cote Saint-Luc, Que) and Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.) each took a period against UOIT and combined to make 16 saves. Both newcomers stopped all but one shot on net, while Lyon had a team-high seven saves.
BULLDOGS PLAYING PRO THIS WINTER
There are five current Yale players drafted by NHL teams: Gus Young (Colorado), Kenny Agostino (Pittsburgh, Calgary), Rob O'Gara (Boston), Matthew Beattie (Vancouver) and John Hayden (Chicago). Thirteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season including Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins '05 and Mark Arcobello '10 with the Edmonton Oilers.
Andrew Miller ' 13 (Oklahoma City Barons, AHL)
Antoine Laganiere '13 (Norfolk Admirals, AHL)
Jeff Malcolm '13 (Hartford Wolfpack, AHL)
Brian O'Neill '12 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Broc Little '11 (Springfield Falcons, AHL)
Mike Matczak '11 (Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL)
Sean Backman '10 (Manchester Monarchs, AHL)
Mark Arcobello '10 (Edmonton, NHL)
David Meckler '09 (Salzburg EC, Austria)
Brad Mills '07 (Rockford Icehogs, AHL)
Chris Higgins '05 (Vancouver, NHL)
Alex Westlund '99 (Wheeling Nailers, ECHL)
Ray Giroux '98 (Novokuznetsk Metallurg, KHL)
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director - firstname.lastname@example.org