Blue Hosts Non-League Game at Whale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (3-1-2, 2-0-2 ECAC) is home this Saturday night for a non-conference matchup and its second straight game against a Connecticut school. The No. 9 ranked Bulldogs, coming off a 3-3 OT tie at Quinnipiac last Saturday, hosts Sacred Heart Saturday at 7 in a contest that airs live on the Ivy Digital Network and on AM-1340 (WYBC, wybcx.com).
The Blue has played two conference weekend sets and has snatched three points both times. Last weekend it came on the road with a 5-2 win at Princeton and a 3-3 OT tie with the No. 5/6 Bobcats. Yale never trailed against the Tigers and even had a 4-0 advantage at one point. The Bulldogs came back from a 2-0 hole the next night with three straight scores in the middle frame.
Yale scored eight goals last weekend while giving up five despite being outshot 76-50 overall. Six of the eight goals came in the second period. The Blue killed off 10 of 11 penalties but scored on one of 10 man-advantages. Junior defenseman Tommy Fallen and freshman forward Mike Doherty each had two goals. Six Bulldogs found the net overall.
The Pioneers (2-6, 1-2 AH), led by former Yale assistant coach C.J. Marottolo, opened the season with a 2-1 win at then No. 1 UMass-Lowell and were trying to snap a five-game skid on Tuesday night against Army. Will Rayner and Drew George lead SHU with three goals each while sophomore Alex Vazzano (3.18, .908) has most of the work in net.
Yale has taken two of the three meetings with the Pioneers while outscoring SHU 19-10 overall.
Six different Bulldogs scored goals and Yale had a 53-19 advantage in shots but fell to SHU 7-6 on Nov. 22, 2011, at Webster Bank Arena. The Elis attempted over 100 shots. The image is from that contest.
Yale's Carson Cooper and SHU's Ben Lake both played for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons during the 2010-2011 season. Eli captain Jesse Root and Pioneer Neil Fachini both played for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2009-2010.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 9 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Poll and 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. The only game completely sold out at this point is Feb. 14 against Quinnipiac.
AFTER THIS WEEKEND
Yale heads to New York to face Colgate and Cornell next Friday and Saturday.
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. Juniors and sophomores each have seven goals. The newcomers have five compared to the seniors (just 3 players) two.
A dozen different players have scored goals over the first six games… Yale has outscored its opponents 21-17, and five of its goals came on the advantage… The Elis have 11 second period tallies.
RIVALRY ON ICE
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 rivalryonice.com.
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.
Yale and Fairfield are co-hosting the 2014 NCAA East Regional at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport on March 28-29. The Friday semifinal game times are 2 and 5:30 p.m. with coverage by ESPNU. The Saturday championship game is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Tickets for 3-game packages are available now on www.NCAA.com/frozenfour, or through the Webster Bank Ticket Office. This is the fourth year Yale and Fairfield have co-hosted this regional at Harbor Yard.
Freshman Patrick Spano (Montreal, Que) has been in net for all three Yale wins, but classmate Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.) had a season-high 48 saves (most since Nick Maricic at Harvard in 2012 ECAC playoffs, 2 OT) on Nov. 9 at Quinnipiac. Spano played the first two Saturday games before starting the Friday game at Princeton. Lyon had been the Friday guy but switched to Saturday last week. Sophomore Connor Wilson (Cary, NC) is the other goalie in the mix.
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). Fifteen former Yale players are skating professionally this season including Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins '05 (6-4-10, 20 gp) and Mark Arcobello '10, who has two goals and 12 points in 19 games with the Edmonton Oilers.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director