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Bulldogs Hosting Series This Weekend

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Playoffs Begin With RPI at the Whale



The 2018-19 post season begins this weekend with Rensselaer (RPI) coming to Ingalls Rink for a best-of-three, first-round series that begins Friday night at 7. The puck drops for game two on Saturday at 7, while a third game (if necessary) would be 4 pm on Sunday. All the contests air live on ESPN+ and on Stretch Internet (international).



Yale-RPI is a No. 6 vs. No. 11 matchup that advances a team to the conference quarterfinals next weekend on the road against Cornell, Quinnipiac, Clarkson or Harvard. Next week's winners move on to Lake Placid for ECAC's championship weekend. The tournament champion earns an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.



The Bulldogs, who swept this regular season, and the Engineers first played in 1908-09, and RPI has a 56-47-6 lead. Yale owns a 2-0-1 mark against Rensselaer in the conference tournament. The first post-season meeting was a 4-4 OT tie at the Boston Garden in the 1987 third-place contest. The other games were at New Haven, a pair of 3-2 OT games in 2008 that required a combined 4 extra sessions. The first game of the series went 3 OTs, the longest game ever at Ingalls Rink.



Yale beat RPI 4-2 at home before taking a 3-2 game at Troy. The home teams had a decided advantage in shots on goal, but Yale rookie Justin Pearson was the player who cashed in the most on those opportunities with 3 goals. Corbin Kaczperski made 44 combined saves to get wins in both games for Yale, while Owen Savory (50 saves) was in net both times for the Engineers.



Yale, looking to snap a 4-game skid, is looking for momentum and is hoping the post season can provide it. Joe Snively had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Princeton last Friday. Corbin Kaczperski made 19 stops in the Yale net against the Tigers. Kevin O'Neil had the other tally for the Blue, while Ted Hart scored the next night in a 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac that included 36 saves by Sam Tucker.



Yale is 22-22 under Keith Allain in ECAC post-season contests since the first in 2007. The best streak in that span was 5 wins between 2011 and 2012. Allain is 2-0 vs. RPI in the conference playoffs.



The Engineers beat Cornell 3-2 on Feb. 22 but then lost their last 3 games of the regular season. They are coming off home losses to Harvard and Dartmouth. Owen Savory made 20 saves against the Big Green and was spotted a 1-0 lead on Jake Johnson's first career goal, but the visitors scored 4 straight to finish in a tie with Yale for 5th place.



No. 12 St. Lawrence at No. 5 Dartmouth

Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 7 p.m.


No. 10 Colgate at No. 7 Union

Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 7 p.m.


No. 9 Princeton at No. 8 Brown

Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 7 p.m. (may be subject to change)



contact: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity -