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Back in ECAC Play with North Country Trip

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Bulldogs Head to SLU, Clarkson

 

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Men's Hockey Team, coming off a win and a tie at Belfast in the Friendship Four, is back in conference play this weekend with a trip to the North Country. The Bulldogs (3-2-2, 2-2-1 ECAC) take on St. Lawrence (2-10, 0-2) on Friday at Canton and Clarkson (7-4, 1-1) on Saturday at Potsdam. Both games air live on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.

SERIES
Since the first meeting in 1951-52, SLU holds a 60-35-11 advantage over the Elis, In a series that dates to 1929-30, The Golden Knights hold a 73-38-7 lead in the series with Yale.

LAST YEAR
Yale split with SLU last winter, taking the game at New Haven, 6-1, and dropping a 1-0 contest at Canton. Clarkson swept the series last season with 4-1 scores in both games.
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Bulldogs are coming off a win and a tie last weekend in Belfast. A 6-3 win over Connecticut followed a 1-1 OT tie with Union. Kevin O'Neil (3 points) scored twice and Sam Tucker made 34 saves to help the Elis take third place in the tournament with a win over the Huskies. The night before, Charlie Curti had the goal and Corbin Kaczperski made 22 stops in the draw with the No. 11 Dutchmen, the eventual tourney champ. The two played a scoreless overtime before Union won an advancement-required shootout 2-1.

BELFAST NUMBERS
Yale put 69 shots on target and scored 7 goals (3 in 2nd, 4 in 3rd), including a pair on the advantage (6 att.). The Elis killed off 8 of 9 penalties over the weekend. Six different players found the net and both goalies played well.

OPPONENTS
Clarkson, winners of three straight, beat St. Lawrence last weekend at Lake Placid in the Thanksgiving Faceoff. The Knights broke open a 2-2 game with four straight in a 6-2 final played before more than 4,000. The Saints have a home win over Holy Cross and an OT road victory over Minnesota, while Clarkson beat Wisconsin and Michigan Tech (twice) at home.

COMING UP
The Elis get another shot at the Dutchmen next week when the Capital District Gang comes to the Whale. RPI and Yale square off on Dec. 7 with Union following the next night.

 

by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director - steven.conn@yale.edu