Colgate, Cornell Host Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's hockey team (4-1-2, 2-0-2 ECAC) heads out for its second conference road set with games in upstate New York. The No. 9 Bulldogs take on Colgate (6-6-1, 4-2-0) on Friday and Cornell (4-3-1, 2-3-1) on Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs took a weekend off from ECAC Hockey play, but they didn't slow down at either end of the rink. Jesse Root had two goals and Trent Ruffolo added a goal and an assist as No. 9 Yale beat Sacred Heart 5-1 at Ingalls Rink on Nov. 16. The Elis (4-1-2), who scored three times on special teams, outshot the Pioneers 42-23 and converted two power plays to run their unbeaten streak to six games. All-America candidate Kenny Agostino notched his first goal of the year on a highlight tally. Mike Doherty started the play by getting the puck to Agostino. The senior forward skated to the left dot, deked a defender and headed through the high slot before unleashing a laser backhander over Alex Vazzano's shoulder at 11:20 of the second. Yale freshman Alex Lyon made 11 of his 22 saves in the third period to earn his first collegiate win.
Yale has outscored opponents 26-18 overall including 14-4 in middle frames… The Blue is 4-0-1 when leading after 40 minutes… The Elis average 32 shots on goal and are allowing 30.
Tylor Spink, who has seven goals to lead the Raiders in scoring, helped Colgate sweep St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend. Colgate has used three different guys in netthis season. The Big Red split last weekend on the road against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Cornell fell to the Knights 3-2 and then beat the Saints 5-2 last Saturday. Brian Ferlin and Joel Lowry lead the Big Red with five goals each while senior Andy Iles (.903, 2.73) has been in net for all the action this season.
The Raiders have a 47-43-5 lead over Yale, but the Elis have won six of the last seven… Cornell is up 79-60-5 after a Big Red sweep in 2011-12 and a Yale sweep last winter. The Elis have won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
Yale beat Colgate 4-3 on Josh Balch's OT goal with three seconds left last March at the end of the regular season at Ingalls… Stu Wilson scored his second game-winning goal of the year against Cornell in Yale's 2-1 win at Ingalls last March.
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 returns to the Whale to face Merrimack of Hockey East on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
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. Eight Yale student-athletes came directly from prep schools and one came from the US National Team.
The Bulldogs have just three seniors, including two forwards and a defenseman. There are seven juniors, eight sophomores and eight newcomers. Juniors and sophomores each have eight goals. The newcomers and the seniors have five.
Thirteen different players have scored goals over the first seven games… The Yale Hockey Alumni Weekend, including the annual alumni game, is Feb. 14-15 when Quinnipiac and Princeton come to the Whale.
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 at the site of their first-ever meeting. 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 three of the four Yale wins. Classmate Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.), who beat SHU on Nov. 16, 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 had two goals and 12 points in 20 games with the Edmonton Oilers this season.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Doherty image by Don Clark