January 20, 2014

Home-and-Home Series With Bears This Weekend

BROWN AND BLUE FOR TWO

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs, in the stretch run of conference play and 4-1-1 over their last six, have a home-and-home series against the travel partner from Providence. No. 10 Yale is at Brown, 4-1-2 over its last seven, Friday night before the two teams come to the Whale on Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Ivy Digital Network and heard on WYBC (AM-1340). A limited number of tickets are available for Saturday's game at Ingalls Rink. 

SERIES
Yale leads the series with Brown 89-72-8 heading into the 170th meeting. The Bears and Bulldogs, who first played on Feb. 18, 1898 (probably on a pond a few miles north of New Haven), split one-goal decisions last winter and Brown took the first meeting this year in the Liberty Hockey Invitational.

FROM NORTH COUNTRY
Yale grabbed two points on its trip last weekend after beating St. Lawrence 4-2 on Jan. 18. John Hayden had two goals and three points while Jesse Root added a goal and two assists at Appleton Arena. Alex Lyon made 28 saves, including 24 over the last two periods, to get the win in net. Lyon stopped 32 shots the night before but the Blue fell 3-2 at Clarkson. Gus Young and Rob O'Gara scored goals at Cheel Arena.

BULLDOGS LAST WEEKEND
The Elis outscored the North Country teams 6-5 despite being outshot 65-48. Yale scored three power-play goals on eight chances while allowing a pair on seven attempts.

BEARS, BRUINS
Call them Bears, call them Bruins (the old nickname) or just call them hot. Their six-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-2 loss at Clarkson Saturday, but Brown over consecutive games tied Denver, beat Colorado College and tied Boston College. Entering this weekend, Mark Naclerio led the team with 11 goals and 24 points. Freshman Tyler Steel (2.73, .904) and senior Marco DeFilippo (2.62, .927) have shared the duties in net.

BULLDOG BITES
Gus Young has four straight games with points… John Hayden has points in three of the last four…Yale's six goals vs. Clarkson on Nov. 2 are a season-high… The 54 SOG vs. Harvard on Dec. 7 are a team-high… Friday's game is the last of five straight away from Ingalls Rink for the Elis… Yale is 5-0-1 with a lead after one period and 8-0-2 with a two-period advantage… The Blue is 7-1-1 when scoring first and 2-3-3 when allowing the first tally… Yale averages 34 shots and has given up 28.

ECAC HOCKEY
Yale heads into the weekend in sixth place with 11 points, two ahead of seventh place Brown. Eight points separate the first and sixth-place teams, and the top team has three games in hand.

RANKINGS
The Bulldogs are No. 10 in both the uscho.com and USA Today/American Hockey Magazine polls this week. Yale has finished among the top 10 four of the last five seasons, including No. 1 in 2012-13. The Elis were 5th in 2008-09, 8th in 2009-10 and 6th in 2010-11.

NCAAs
Yale, 2013 Frozen Four Champions, has earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament four of the last five years, and played in a pair of regional finals.

AFTER THIS WEEKEND
The Blue hosts No. 12 Cornell and a Colgate team receiving votes in this week's national polls at the Whale next Friday and Saturday.

GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE
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.
 
BEFORE YALE
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.

BY CLASS
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: seniors have 17, sophomores are at 16, newcomers have 12 and juniors are at 11.  

FROSH
Yale's Class of 2017, which has been averaging four forwards in the lineup, has contributed 12 goals (3 game-winners) and 30 points while grabbing every minute of playing time between the pipes. Mike Doherty is 21st among Division I frosh with .79 points per game.  

INGALLS
"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.

DECORATED DOGS ON D
Junior Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) was a 2012-13 All-Ivy honorable mention pick. He has skated in 89 games and has 51 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 (Colorado) are the two blueliners picked by pro teams.
 
NCAAs AT BRIDGEPORT
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.


 
GOALIES
Yale is one of only two (Niagara is the other) teams in the country with freshmen logging all the minutes in net. Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.) has started the last 12 games and is 6-3-3 in that span. Lyon, who averages 25 saves per appearance, had a season-high 48 saves (most since Nick Maricic at Harvard in 2012 ECAC playoffs, 2 OT) on Nov. 9 at Quinnipiac. His 2.27 GAA is fourth nationally for rookie goalies (5th overall in ECAC), while his .919 SP is third among Division I frosh and fifth overall in the ECAC. 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.


 
 

filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

 

Nicholas Weberg image by Bob Karetsky