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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs are back on the road in the ECAC with a weekend set in the Capital District. No. 13 Yale (11-6-4, 6-5-3) is at Houston Field House to face Rensselaer (11-11-4, 5-6-3) on Friday before heading to Achilles Rink for a contest with No. 4 Union (17-6-3, 11-3-0) on Saturday. Friday's game can be seen on RPI TV (website), while the Bulldogs-Dutchmen contest airs live on Time Warner Cable in New York and on the Union website.   

The Bulldogs and Engineers first played in 1908-09 and RPI has a 53-38-6 lead after taking both games last winter. Against the Dutchmen, the Elis have a 21-18-4 lead in a series that began in 1991-92, the year Union replaced Army in ECAC Hockey.

Yale got two points last weekend with a 4-1 win over Colgate on Saturday. Four different players scored, Alex Lyon made 30 saves and the Bulldogs killed off six of seven advantages in a penalty-filled (92 minutes) contest. The night before, the Elis fell in OT to Cornell, 3-2, despite outshooting the Red by 11.

Last weekend Yale outscored opponents 6-4, had the edge in shots 74-60 and killed off seven of eight power plays.

Ryan Haggerty, second in Division I with 21 goals in 24 games, leads an Engineer team coming off a weekend split in the North Country. RPI had a 4-3 win over St. Lawrence and a 3-0 loss to Clarkson. The boys from Troy, who are coming to the Whale on March 1, are led in goal by Scott Diebold (2.57, .910).

The Dutchmen, who have played four straight one-goal decisions, split last weekend on the road. Union lost to SLU and beat Clarkson. Daniel Carr leads the team with 12-14-26 while Colin Stevens (2.09, .923) is the guy between the pipes.
Yale defensemen combined to produce 14-53-67 in 37 games last year, and they have been getting involved even more at the offensive end this year. The blueliners combined for 7-5-12 over the last two weeks, which bumps their totals to 18-33-51 this winter. Gus Young (6-8-14) has goals in three straight games and five of the last seven. He also has points in seven of the last eight contests and is 29th among Division I defensemen with .67 points per game. Ryan Obuchowski, who had three assists on Jan. 25, has 1-4-5 over the last three games. Tommy Fallen scored twice against Brown on Jan. 25.

Before last weekend, Yale was the sixth least penalized team in the nation; now the Elis are 19th with a 10.9 average… The Blue ranks eighth in defense (2.24) and 11th in offense (3.29) among D1 schools… There are eight games left in the regular season and three of them are against teams currently in the national rankings… Yale is 2-3-2 against teams that were ranked at the time.

Yale heads into the weekend in sixth place with 15 points, two ahead of seventh place Brown and RPI and three behind fifth-place Clarkson. Seven points separate the first (Union) and sixth-place teams.  

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.

The Blue is back at the Whale for Alumni Weekend with Quinnipiac coming in on Valentine's Day and Princeton the next night. The annual alumni game is Feb. 15 at 2 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. The scoring by class has been very balanced: seniors (23), sophomores (19), juniors (15) 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 33 points while grabbing every minute of playing time between the pipes.

"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.

Junior Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) was a 2012-13 All-Ivy honorable mention pick. He has skated in 93 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.

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 16 games and is 8-5-3 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 2.15 GAA is fourth nationally for rookie goalies (17th overall), while his .924 SP is third among Division I frosh and 20th overall. 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.

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    steven.conn@yale.edu