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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs take a break from conference play tonight to host a Hockey East squad they haven't seen in New Haven for 16 years, the Merrimack Warriors (3-8-1, 0-5-1 HE). This interconference clash can be seen live on the Ivy Digital Network and heard on AM-1340 (WYBC) and on

Yale owns a 5-3 lead in a series that began in New Haven in 1972 with an overtime win by the Warriors. The last game came 15 years ago at Andover, a 6-3 Merrimack victory.
Here are the eight games:

12/30/1972    (H)     6-7ot     (0-1)
01/07/1977    (A)     6-3    (1-1)
11/25/1980    (H    12-3    (2-1)
11/29/1982    (H)     7-2    (3-1)
12/28/1984    (N)    10-1    (4-1)*    
01/17/1996    (A)     2-5    (4-2)
11/29/1997    (H)     6-2    (5-2)
11/27/1998    (A)     3-6    (5-3)

Yale score listed first
*Interstate Classic.- Anchorage, Alaska

Yale is coming off a two-point weekend in New York, beating Colgate 5-2 before dropping a 2-1 decision at Cornell. Jesse Root had two goals while the other Elis scoring included Carson Cooper, Cody Learned, Mike Doherty and Chris Izmirlian. Alex Lyon, who stopped 45 of 49 shots, had both decisions last weekend.

Despite outshooting Northeastern 38-26 last Saturday, Merrimack fell 2-0 and was swept in its weekend series with the Huskies.  Rasmus Tirronen (2.05, .926) was in net for the last contest and could get the nod at the Whale. Quinn Gould leads the team with four goals while Mike Collins has a team-high nine points. The Warriors have had some very strong teams under head coach Mark Dennehy, including a 2010-11 squad that played in the Hockey East Championship Game and earned an NCAA Tourney appearance.

Jay Quenville scored twice and Paul Lawson added a goal but it wasn't enough to get the win during a 6-3 decision at Volpe Complex on Nov. 27, 1998. Trevor Hanger and Dan Lombard combined for 30 saves as the Bulldogs were outshot 36-28. Stephen Moon had three assists for Merrimack and Tom Welby stopped 24 of 26 shots in net.

Jesse Root leads the team with six goals, including four in the last three games… Carson Cooper and Trent Ruffolo both have a three-game point streak, while Ruffolo has four points in that span… Alex Lyon (2.29, .924) has started four straight games in the Yale net… The Elis had a seven-game unbeaten streak come to an end at Ithaca… The Blue is ranked No. 9 in both national polls and is 1-1-1 vs. teams currently in the top 20.

The Bulldogs are ranked No. 9 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. The only game completely sold out at this point is Feb. 14 against Quinnipiac.

Yale returns to the Whale to face ECAC and Ivy rivals Dartmouth and Harvard in a pair of 7 p.m. games on 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.  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. The scoring by class has been very balanced: sophomores have 10 goals and juniors have eight, while the seniors and newcomers each have seven.

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

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, or through the Webster Bank Ticket Office. This is the fourth year Yale and Fairfield have co-hosted this regional at Harbor Yard.


Bulldog Best: Two goals in four different games... Scored both game-winning goals at 2013 NCAA West Regional.
2013-14: Leads team with six goals... Scored two goals against SHU on Nov. 16 in his 99th collegiate game… Had 1-1-2 in 3-3 OT tie with St. Lawrence on 11/1... Hit net twice in 5-2 win at Colgate on Nov. 22.
2012-13: Played in 34 games, centering the line with Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino... Scored GWG nine seconds into OT against Minnesota in West Regional semifinal... Scored GWG in third period of finale against North Dakota to send Bulldogs to his hometown for the Frozen Four... NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team... Scored two goals at Harvard in November win... Fourth on team with 12 goals and 23 points.
2011-12: Fifth on team with 24 points... Seven goals were second among sophomores... Nine multiple-point nights... Goal and three points in home win over Dartmouth... Led team with two shorthanded goals.
2010-11: Second among the Yale newcomers with two goals and eight points... 25 games... Points in consecutive games twice... Academic All-ECAC.
At Taft School:  Played four seasons and was one of three captains for 2008-09 season… Led team with 36 points in 27 games playing center… Founders League All-Star… Team made 2009 New England Quarterfinal playoffs…  Named No. 2 long-stick midfielder in New England lacrosse… Western NE All-Division I lacrosse team… Taft Honor Roll for three years… National AP Scholar… In EJHL: Tallied 44 points in 41 games and led Jr. Bruins with seven game-winning goals… Played on playoff semifinalist…

Drafted in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft by Pittsburgh; Traded to Calgary (for Jarome Iginla) in 2013
Bulldog Best: 3-2-5 vs. Holy Cross freshman season.
2013-14: Had 2 assists in first conference weekend… Scored 1st goal of year against SHU on Nov. 16.
2012-13: Second-team All-ECAC Hockey... NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team (2-1-3)... 17 goals and 41 points... Tied for team lead in points, second in goals... ECAC Player of Week after road trip to Clarkson and SLU... OT goal at No. 2 Denver in November. 2011-12: Third on team in points (34) and goals (14) in 33 games... Three GWG... ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for three-goal Feb. 17-18 weekend... Came within a step of making the U.S. National Junior Team in December... Scored goals in conseutive games with under 35 seconds left in regulation, one for a win and another to send it to overtime: Beat Dartmouth at Hanover with 34.8 ticks remaining; GTG against SLU with 34.2 left at home. Top game was 2-2-4 against both UConn and Harvard at Ingalls... Honorable mention All-Ivy. 2010-11: Began with a goal and four points through first dozen games and then had a historic January (8-4-12, 9 games)... Named Hockey Commissioner's Association Rookie of the Month... ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on 1/23/11 after netting three goals in games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence... Led all newcomers with 10 goals and 25 points... His five (3 goals) points against Holy Cross were the most by a Yale rookie since 1980... Academic All-ECAC.
At Delbarton School: School's all-time leading scorer with 261 points over three seasons… Two-time New Jersey Player of the Year… Three-time first-team all-state selection… Played on three state championship teams… 2009-10 team was ranked No. 2 nationally… Had 23-11-34 for the New Jersey Colonials in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League in the fall of 2009…

Bulldog Best: 1-1-2 at Princeton on 2/24/12.
2012-13: Frozen Four All-Tournament... West Regional All-Tournament... Scored a goal against Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional semifinal and had an assist in the Frozen Four Championship Game against Quinnipiac... Played in all 37 games and had two goals with nine points.
2011-12: Probably most consistent defenseman on team... Played in every game and had three goals with 12 points... Notched two points in series clinching win over Princeton in playoffs.
2010-11: Played in five games... Assist vs. Sacred Heart... Academic All-ECAC.
At Noble and Greenough School: Two-time captain and four-year letterman…  Had 12 goals and 38 points in 28 games in 2009-10… Led all prep school defensemen in scoring as a senior… Team won ISL and was New England Prep School semi-finalists… Went 5-29-34 (29 GP) in 2008-09… Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche (184th) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft… All-ISL junior and senior seasons… 2009-10 All-New England… Honorable mention All-ISL sophomore year… All-ISL lacrosse player who captained team senior year and earned four letters…

Freshman Patrick Spano (Montreal, Que) has been in net for three of the five Yale wins and has a 2.33 GAA and a .909 SP. Classmate Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.), who beat SHU on Nov. 16 and Colgate a week later, had a season-high 48 saves (most since Nick Maricic at Harvard in 2012 ECAC playoffs, 2 OT) on Nov. 9 at Quinnipiac. He has a team-high 2.29 GAA and a .924 SP. Sophomore Connor Wilson (Cary, NC) is the other goalie in the mix.

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