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RPI, Union Come to Whale This Weekend

Yale and Union met in Belfast last month (William Cherry image)
Yale and Union met in Belfast last month (William Cherry image)

Bulldogs Look to Extend String



NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Men's Hockey Team takes its four-game unbeaten streak into the final weekend of conference play before the exam and holiday break. The Bulldogs (5-2-2, 4-2-1 ECAC) host Rensselaer and No. 11 Union in a Friday-Saturday set of 7 p.m. contests that air live on ESPN+.

Yale's longest conference trip of the year, to Canton/Potsdam, is often the most difficult one. Until last weekend, the Bulldogs had not swept St. Lawrence and Clarkson since 2012-13. Seven different Elis scored goals and both goalies (Sam Tucker, Corbin Kaczperski) had strong showings in a four-point weekend that vaulted the Blue into a tie for second place.

The Bulldogs and Engineers first played in 1908-09, and RPI has a 56-45-6 lead... Union has a 25-24-5 edge since the first game in 1991-92, the year the Dutchmen replaced Army in ECAC Hockey.

Yale split with both teams from the Capital District in 2017-18. RPI beat the Elis at Troy 2-1 before the Blue got revenge with a 5-1 decision at New Haven. The Bulldogs grabbed a 5-3 win at Union last December before the Dutchmen captured a 3-2 game at the Whale. This is the second meeting of the year for Yale and Union after skating to a 1-1 draw at Belfast last month.

Forwards Evan Smith, Joe Snively, Dante Palecco, Luke Stevens and Justin Pearson hit the net in New York, while defensemen, Anthony Walsh and Charlie Curti also got in on the scoring. Snively is now ninth in the nation with 1.44 points per game and 11th in goals at .67. Palecco's second-period power-play goal turned out to be the game-winner in Yale's 2-1 win over Clarkson, while four different Bulldogs had a goal and an assist in the 5-3 win at SLU.

Yale, which received 45 votes for national ranking in the latest poll, has scored 13 goals in its last three games and is 3-0-1 over its last four.

The Engineers (4-9, 3-3 ECAC), coming off a pair of losses at Notre Dame last weekend, have dropped four straight. However, they do have some impressive wins, including a pair against Union and one vs. UMass-Lowell. Junior forward Jacob Hayhurst leads RPI in points with 13, while sophomore Linden Marshall (3.97, .889) and rookie Owen Savory (2.28, .931) have most of the time in net.

The Dutchmen, who won the Friendship Four's Belpot Trophy after beating BU, are 8-3-2 and 3-3-0 in ECAC play. Senior Cole Maier (13 points) is the points leader, but their MVPs thus far might be in net. Senior Jake Kupsky (2.69, .891) and sophomore Darion Hanson (1.81, .943) have all the games in goal. Union, which has a three-game unbeaten string heading into Friday's game at Brown, was off last weekend.


Contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity -