CATAMOUNTS HOST BULLDOGS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 10 Bulldogs (7-3-3), in the middle of a three-game string of non-league games, heads to Burlington, Vt., on Saturday to face the No. 20 Vermont Catamounts (10-6-1). The 7 p.m. game at Gutterson Fieldhouse can be seen live on nsnsports.net and heard on sportsjuice.com.
UVM has taken five of the last six, but Yale won the last meeting and owns a 28-26-4 lead in a series that began in 1975-76.
LAST WITH CATS
Yale was No. 1 in both polls the last time these two squads met in November of 2010. The Bulldogs got 32 saves from goalie Ryan Rondeau and two goals from forward Chris Cahill in a 3-0 win. Andrew Miller, who had the other goal, and Brian O'Neill each had two points.
Yale came out of a 20-day break with an exhibition win over the Russian Red Stars (6-3) on Dec. 27 and then a 4-1 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 29. Six different players scored against the Red Stars and four Bulldogs found the net against the Crusaders. Cody Learned and Stu Wilson had a goal and an assist each on the 29th as Yale led the entire way before a packed Ingalls Rink on Youth Day. Alex Lyon made 22 saves against Holy Cross to get the win. He stopped all 10 shots in one period of work against the Stars. Dec. 27 also marked the return of senior captain Jesse Root and junior forward Anthony Day, both of whom missed a few games with injuries before the break.
UVM, which has won seven of its last eight, hosts Dartmouth the night before Yale. The Cats were home last weekend and notched wins over Clarkson and Canisius to take the Catamount Cup.
Yale has outscored opponents in middle frames 18-10. The Elis are even in the first and +2 in the third…17 Bulldogs have scored goals… The Blue averages 35 shots and has allowed 27… Former Yale assistant coach Kyle Wallack is in his second season on the staff of UVM.
Teams have played between eight and 10 conference games, and the Elis (8 gp) are tied with RPI for sixth with nine points. Quinnipiac (10) and Union (8) are tied for the top spot with 14 points.
The Bulldogs, who rolled around the middle of the pack since the start of the season, are ranked No. 10 in the uscho.com poll.
AFTER THIS WEEKEND
The Blue heads to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11 for the Rivalry on Ice against Harvard. It's an 8 p.m. faceoff at the world's most famous arena.
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 13 goals, seniors have 11, juniors have 10 and newcomers notched eight.
Yale's Class of 2017, which has been averaging four forwards in the lineup over 13 games, has contributed eight goals (2 game-winners) and 20 points while grabbing every minute of playing time between the pipes.
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. In addition to the main event, former players from both schools take part in an alumni game on the morning of the 11th along the Hudson River at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
"Ice hockey has never had as provocative a setting as Yale's new $1.4 million David S. Ingalls Rink." That's how Sports Illustrated described the famous building also known as the Yale Whale in a 1959 article. And it's just as exciting today. Ingalls (3,500 capacity), re-dedicated on Jan. 16, 2010, was modernized and expanded during a multi-phase project. The original (1958) look remains, but .13,000 square feet of operational space was added along with numerous amenities.
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. This is the fourth time Webster Bank will host the regional. There have been four college hockey programs (Yale, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota-Duluth) with NCAA titles that have played in Bridgeport's NCAA event. Miami, Vermont, Union, Air Force and UMass-Lowell are the other schools to compete in the arena.
DECORATED DOGS ON D
Junior Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) was a 2012-13 All-Ivy honorable mention pick. He has skated in 85 games and has 50 points, 11th on the school's career list for defensemen... Sophomore Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) was a 2012-13 ECAC All-Rookie Team selection... Rob O'Gara, a second-year man from Nesconset, N.Y., is a Boston Bruins draft pick. He and Gus Young are the two blueliners picked by pro teams.
Newcomer Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.) has started the last eight games and is 4-2-2 in that span. Lyon 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 2.70 GAA and a .912 SP. Freshman Patrick Spano (Montreal, Que) was in net for three of the five Yale wins and has a 1.93 GAA and a .924 SP. 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 and Mark Arcobello '10 with the Edmonton Oilers this season. Arcobello help make club history when he assisted on Taylor Hall's two goals, eight seconds apart in October. It was the fastest consecutive goals by an Oiler since Wayne Gretzky had a nine-second outburst during the team's dynasty years. After the first 10 games, the Milford, Conn., native had accumulated a league-high 10 assists, which also made him the league's rookie points leader at the time. Only two rookies – Sydney Crosby and Patrick Kane - have had 10 assists in their first 10 games in the last 20 years. The Bulldogs have seven skating in the AHL, four outside North America and two in the ECHL.