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Nicholas Weberg. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicholas Weberg. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team opens its 2013-14 ECAC and home schedule by hosting St. Lawrence and Clarkson this weekend at the Whale. In addition to facing the 4-2 Saints on Friday, the No. 11/11 Bulldogs unveil the 2012-13 national championship banner prior to the puck drop. The festivities and game air live on ESPN3. The No. 17 ranked Golden Knights (6-1-1) come to Ingalls on Saturday for a contest that can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Both games start at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on WYBC (AM-1340).

Yale took all four games with SLU last season, but the Saints have a 56-32-9 overall lead. The Elis split with Clarkson last winter and now trail the overall series 70-34-4.

The Elis swept an ECAC Quarterfinal Playoff series at the Whale last March, 6-1 and 3-0. The line of Kenny Agostino, Jesse Root and Andrew Miller '13 accumulated five goals and 13 points that weekend and Jeff Malcolm '13 had both starts in goal. Malcolm stopped 32 of 33 shots at Potsdam in Yale's 3-1 win on Jan. 13.

The first win of the 2013-14 season was a complete team effort as two Bulldogs hit the net and five others had assists in a 3-2 win over Princeton in the finale of the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center last Saturday. Yale outshot the Tigers 30-24 and won most of the other battles to split the weekend tournament at the home of the New Jersey Devils. Princeton scored both of its goals on the advantage, including a 6-on-4 with eight seconds left in the game. Freshman Patrick Spano, playing in his first collegiate regular season contest, stopped 22 shots including 11 in the third period. Matthew Beattie got Yale a 1-0 lead three minutes in. The Blue upped the lead to two on a re-direction by Nicholas Weberg off a shot by Trent Ruffolo at 6:14. Three straight Yale penalties helped the Tigers claw back in the first, but not before Spano made two nice saves on close-range, grade-A chances. Sophomore Stu Wilson, who scored a goal against Brown, made a spectacular play while killing off a penalty in the second that gave the Elis a 3-1 advantage. He checked a Tiger off the puck in their end, took it low and deked around a defenseman and then found a passing lane to hit Weberg heading for the cage. The perfect feed was deposited into the net by Weberg at 9:59. That goal capped a middle frame dominated by Yale, including an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal.

SLU, coming off a split last weekend at home with Northeastern, has won four of six this season. The Saint with the most accolades is Greg Carey, who last winter became the first junior to earn All-America honors at the school since 1997 and the first junior in program history to be a Hobey Baker Award finalist. Carey led the nation in goals scored with 28 and in power play goals with 14. Tyler Parks got his first collegiate win on Saturday with 20 saves in his first start in net. Senior Matt Weninger has five of the six starts in goal and had the other NU contest.

Clarkson, 6-1-1 overall, brings a five-game (4-0-1) unbeaten streak into Brown on Friday. The Golden Knights swept Colorado College last weekend in one-goal contests at Potsdam, including a 1-0 game Saturday. Rookie Steve Perry stopped all 18 shots in that game, while senior Greg Lewis stopped 20 of 21 the night before in a 2-1 game.

The Bulldogs, coming off the 2012-13 NCAA Championship run, are ranked No. 11 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll and the poll. Yale was picked first in one ECAC Hockey pre-season poll and second in another.

A limited number of tickets are available for all regular season home games, including some SRO for Friday night.  The only game completely sold out at this point is Feb. 14 against Quinnipiac.

Yale has its first conference road games with a trip to Princeton Friday and Quinnipiac on Saturday. Both puck drops are set for 7 pm. The game at Hamden airs live on WCCT TV and Fox Sports (Atlantic).

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.

"That looked more like Yale hockey to me [compared to yesterday]," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, after Saturday's game. "Everyone contributed. We were quick to pucks and won a lot of races. We won a lot of puck battles. As well as you think you played, it was a one-goal game. "We took a step from last night to tonight. We have to grow as a hockey team and are still a long way from where we need to be."

Yale and Princeton return to the LIH next October with a pair of Hockey East teams… The Elis play three games at two (Prudential Center, MSG) NHL rinks this season... The last four games, dating to last April in the Frozen Four, have been played in NHL buildings… Yale's last home regular season game was a 2-1 win over Cornell on March 2, 2013.

For the first time in modern history, Yale and Harvard will skate against each other in a non-conference, regular season game. This happens on Jan. 11 at Madison Square Garden in what is called the Rivalry on Ice. Tickets for the 8 p.m. game are available on

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.

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director -