Whale Weekend Has Ranked Red, Raiders
Pair of 7-Game Unbeaten Streaks Coming In
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two of the four hottest teams in Division I are coming to Ingalls Rink this weekend to face the No. 13 Bulldogs (10-5-4, 5-4-3 ECAC) in a conference set featuring three of the five nationally ranked ECAC squads. No. 11 Cornell (10-4-5, 6-3-4) and No. 18 Colgate (13-9-3, 9-3-1) both bring seven-game unbeaten streaks into the weekend as teams are battling with post-season aspirations in mind. Both games are at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Ivy Digital Network and heard on WYBC (AM-1340).
Standing-room-only tickets are available for Friday's game. A limited number of seats (plus SRO tickets) remain for Saturday. Call the Yale Ticket Office now at 203.432.1400 to reserve some. The ticket office at Ingalls opens at 5:30 p.m both nights.
Cornell is up 80-60-5 after a Big Red win at Ithaca in November, but Yale has won 10 of the last 13 meetings… The Raiders have a 47-44-5 lead over Yale, but the Elis have won seven of the last eight.
Yale is coming off a 6-0 win against Brown last Saturday at the Whale. The Elis got a pair of goals from both Tommy Fallen and Kenny Agostino and five assists from Jesse Root, while Alex Lyon got the shutout with 28 saves. The Blue scored four power-play goals, including three in the first period. Agostino had the Yale tally in a 3-1 loss the night before at Meehan Auditorium.
Last weekend Yale outscored the Bears 7-3 and had an 87-56 advantage in shots while converting five of 15 advantages and killing off all seven Brown power plays.
Cornell, 3-0-4 over its last seven games, is coming off a 4-4 tie with St. Lawrence and a 3-2 win over Clarkson at Ithaca. The Red is led offensively by Brian Ferlin (9-12-21) and Dustin Mowrey (6-14-20), while Andy Iles (2.23, .918) has been their leader between the pipes.
Colgate is 6-0-1 over its last seven including a 7-3 win over St. Lawrence and a 3-2 victory over Clarkson last week at Hamilton. Darcy Murphy leads the Raiders with 11 goals but Tyson Spink has a team-high 22 points (his brother, Tylor has 10 goals). Charlie Finn (2.56, .912) has had most of the action in net.
Yale defensemen combined to produce 14-53-67 in 37 games last year, and they have been getting involved at the offensive end this year. Last weekend the blueliners combined for 4-3-7, which bumps their totals to 15-31-46 this winter. Gus Young (4-8-12) has three goals in his last five games and ranks 9th among ECAC defenders in points per game. Tommy Fallen has 2-2-4 over the last three.
The six goals on Jan. 25 tied Yale's season-high (Clarkson, Nov. 2)… The PairWise Rankings have Cornell 10, Colgate 14 and Yale 18… The Bulldogs are the sixth least penalized (9.1 minutes, tops in ECAC) team in Division I… Yale ranks 8th in defense (2.26, 2nd in ECAC) and 11th in offense (3.32, 4th ECAC)... Five of Yale's last 10 regular season games are against teams currently nationally ranked.
Yale heads into the weekend in sixth place with 13 points, two ahead of seventh place Brown. Seven points separate the first and sixth-place teams. Colgate (19) is one point from the top while Cornell (16) is tied for fourth.
The Bulldogs are No. 13 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.
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 heads to the Capitol District to face Rensselaer and No. 4 Union next weekend for a pair of 7 p.m. games.
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: seniors (21), sophomores (17), juniors (13) and newcomers (12).
Yale's Class of 2017, which has been averaging four forwards in the lineup, has contributed 12 goals (3 game-winners) and 31 points while grabbing every minute of playing time between the pipes. Mike Doherty is 22nd among Division I frosh with .79 points per game.
"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 91 games and has 54 points, 10th on the school's career list for defensemen... Sophomore Ryan Obuchowski (West Bloomfield, Mich.), who had three assists vs. Brown on Jan. 25, 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.
Yale is one of only two (Niagara is the other) teams in the country with freshmen logging all the minutes in net this season. Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.) has started the last 14 games and is 7-4-3 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 2.18 GAA is fourth nationally for rookie goalies (4th overall in ECAC), while his .923 SP is second among Division I frosh and fourth overall in the ECAC. Patrick Spano (Montreal, Que) was in net for three 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 have skated professionally this season including Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins '05 and Mark Arcobello '10 with the Edmonton Oilers. Arcobello helped 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 and put him in a unique group. Only two rookies in the last 20 years – Sydney Crosby and Patrick Kane - had 10 assists in their first 10 games. The Bulldogs have had seven skating in the AHL, four outside North America and two in the ECHL.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Tommy Fallen image vs. Cornell in 2012-13 (Sam Rubin '95)