McGill, UConn Come to Whale Closing Out 2018
The Yale Men's Hockey Team returns from the holiday break to finish off 2018 with two games in three days. The Bulldogs (7-3-2, 6-2-1 ECAC) host McGill (11-10, 10-7 OUA) for an exhibition on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. before the UConn Huskies (5-11-1, 2-9-1 HE) come to Ingalls Rink for a 4 p.m. New Year's Eve contest. Both games air live on ESPN+. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch on the Yale portal at Stretch Internet.
Yale and McGill have had many exhibition contests over the last 25 years. The first meeting was in 1912-13 back when games against Canadian schools counted on the overall record. The Martlets won 14 of the 20 games that counted for the regular season. The Elis have taken all the 13 meetings with UConn, including last month in Belfast, a 6-3 decision.
The Elis last played McGill in late December of 2015. Joe Snively, Ted Hart, Carson Cooper and Charles Orzetti scored in Yale's 4-1 win. Alex Lyon and Patrick Spano combined for 22 saves… Kevin O'Neil scored twice while the Bulldogs also got goals from Snively, Curtis Hall, Brett Jewell and Luke Stevens in the 6-3 win over UConn on Nov. 24 at the Friendship Four. Both teams had 37 shots and one power-play goal playing before 6,224 at SSE Arena. Yale's Sam Tucker (34 saves) got the win in net.
Yale, which finished 2018 in first place with 13 ECAC points, is coming off a 5-2 loss at Amherst on Dec. 11 against No. 2 UMass. The Elis were No. 15 in the Dec. 17 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The Bulldogs are led offensively by senior Joe Snively, who has a team-best 8 goals and 17 points, while he ranks among the top 10 in Division I in points per game for a team that averages 32 shots and 2.9 goals. Senior Sam Tucker and junior Corbin Kaczperski have all the time in net, holding opponents to 2.42 goals per game.
LAST TIME OUT
Luke Stevens and Robbie DeMontis scored goals and Sam Tucker made 30 saves in the loss at UMass that ended Yale's unbeaten streak at six. Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Elis came out buzzing in the third period with a pair of scores to stun the home squad, which had a 23-11 advantage in shots over the first two periods. The Bulldogs were outshot overall at Amherst for just the second time this year; the other time was a loss at Cornell.
The Martlets are on a two-game win streak, though they have not played since the beginning of the month. However, some of the roster competed in a 3-game conference all-star series against Canadian Jr. prospects. McGill, which averages 3.8 goals on 38 shots, is led offensively by Nikolas Brouillard, who has a team-high 13 goals and 23 points. At the other end, Louis-Philip Guindon has played 20 games while compiling a .915 save percentage and a 2.18 goals against.
The Huskies' last game before the break was a 3-2 loss to Boston College on Dec. 7 at Chestnut Hill, the seventh straight defeat for the guys from Storrs. Jáchym Kondelík (NSH) leads the team with 14 points but UConn has a pair of forwards with 9 goals, Karl El-Mir and Alexander Payusov. Tomáš Vomáčka (NSH) was in net against Yale in Ireland and has a 2.89 GAA with an .899 SP, but Adam Huska (NYR), who is at 3.00 and .909, has more games played. The Huskies are led by Mike Cavanaugh, in his sixth season as head coach.
contact: Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity