Bulldogs Host Chargers This Weekend

Alabama-Huntsville Comes To Ingalls For Set

Yale split a weekend set at UAH last winter

Nov. 18, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The 2008-09 Yale men's hockey team takes its three-game win streak into a weekend set against Alabama-Huntsville. The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 ECAC Hockey) and Chargers (1-4-1, 1-2-1 CHA) square off Friday and Saturday at Ingalls Rink at 7 p.m. Both games can be seen live on yalebulldogs.com at the All Access link and heard on WYBC AM-1340 (wybc.com).

Series History

The Chargers, who won the first meeting on 10/29/04 at Ingalls, 5-2, have won two of the three games. Yale took a 3-2 game at UAH last winter before the Chargers grabbed the second of the weekend set by the same score.

Elis Blank Bears

Mark Arcobello (Milford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist and Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.) stopped all 17 shots he faced as the Elis opened their home schedule with a 3-0 ECAC Hockey win over Brown at Ingalls Rink on Nov. 15. The Bulldogs outshot the visitors 42-17 and converted two of nine man-advantages to win their third straight game and beat Brown for the second time this season. Brown goalie Dan Rosen made 39 saves and kept his Bears in the game until the very end. Richards, who had Yale's last shutout (3-0 over RPI in last year's regular-season finale), had an easy first period with two saves and then needed 10 in the second to keep Brown from inching close to its first win of the year. Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) and Denny Kearney (Hanover, N.H.) had the other Yale goals.

UAH Coming Off Two-Week Layoff

Alabama-Huntsville has not played since falling 2-1 in OT at home against Bemidji State on Nov. 8 in front of the second largest (4,368) crowd in College Hockey America history. Sophomore forward Andrew Coburn (2-4-6) and rookie forward Cody Campbell (1-5-6) lead the Chargers with six points, while senior forward Matt Sweazey leads the squad with three goals. The goaltending duties have been shared by sophomore Cameron Talbot (2.20 GAA, .940 SP, 0-3-1) and junior Blake MacNicol (3.02, .891, 1-1). UAH has converted six of 38 power-play chances despite outshooting opponents 189 to 121.

3 Solid Choices in Net

Senior Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.) has three of Yale's four wins to go along with a team-best 1.67 GAA and a .928 SP. Richards earned the shutout win against Brown last Saturday at Ingalls. Junior Billy Blase (Santa Monica, Calif.), who has a 2.94 GAA and a .900 SP was in net for the 3-2 OT loss at St. Lawrence. Sophomore netminder Ryan Rondeau (Carvel, Alb.), who was the 2007-08 opening day starter against Princeton (6-2 loss), made his third career start at UConn and the first of 2008-09. He stopped 18 of 19 shots and earned his first collegiate win in the 2-1 game at Storrs. Last winter he made 24 saves and saw 33 shots over two starts.

Frosh Impact

The Elis, who have had five newcomers on the ice at various times this season, had six freshmen in the lineup at UConn, including four forwards and a pair of defensemen. Six of the seven members of the class of 2012 have seen action and the class has contributed three goalsl and five assists.

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll

Six 2008-09 Yale opponents are listed among the top 20 in the latest USCHO.com/CBS College Sports national poll: Princeton (8), Minnesota State (11), Air Force (12), Cornell (14), Harvard (18) and Nebraska-Omaha (19). Yale is unranked but received 34 votes.

Arcobello Has Hot Hand

Junior forward Mark Arcobello (Milford, Conn.) made the conference honor roll last week after netting three goals and an assist in a pair of Yale wins. Arcobello, who had 7-14-21 last winter after netting 24 points his rookie campaign, tied his career-best with two goals against UConn on Nov. 11.

Backman Has Strong Start

Junior forward Sean Backman (Cos Cob, Conn.), co-ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2007 and a third-team all-league pick in 2008, is Yale's most proven scorer. Backman, who is tied for the team lead with four goals, led the Blue with 18 goals and 27 points last winter while earning the Murray Murdoch Award for team MVP the second year in a row. Backman ranked 14th in the NCAA with 0.56 goals per game last winter, which was second best in ECAC Hockey.

Bench Leaders

Keith Allain '80, in his third year as the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, is 1-1 against UAH. He is a two-time Olympic coach who earned his first collegiate playoff wins as a coach or player last season. Danton Cole (7-25-5 at UAH), who as a player won an NCAA title with Michigan State and a Stanley Cup with New Jersey, is in his second year at Huntsville.

Coach Allain Says

"We are looking forward to hosting Alabama-Huntsville this weekend. We learned how strong of an opponent they are last year when we split a pair of games at their place. This will be a great opportunity for us to hone our game against a good team in preparation for our remaining league games before the break."

Bulldog Bites

Yale has outscored opponents 16-9 and outshot them 189-118... Junior F Chris Cahill (North Andover, Mass.) missed the last four games with an injury... Freshman D Nick Jaskowiak (Bloomington, Minn.) was injured at UConn and missed the last Brown game.

Bulldogs In Or Near the Show

Chris Higgins '05 is in his fifth season with the Montreal Canadiens and has 235 NHL games under his belt. Higgins has 76 goals, 59 assists and 135 points, including 4-5-9 in 18 playoff games. Jeff Hamilton '01, Yale's career scoring leader, is looking to get back to the NHL after 70 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last winter. He has 29-42-71 in 142 big-league games but is out with an injury after starting the season with Chicago of the AHL.

Whale Taking Shape

A $23.5 million renovation of historic David S. Ingalls Rink is in the second of three phases. The project includes the addition of approximately 14,000 square feet of varsity operational space as well as a complete renovation of the current facility. The expanded and enhanced home of Yale Hockey will include new men's and women's varsity locker rooms, training and strength and conditioning rooms, two new press boxes, a lower level hockey heritage area, offices for coaches of both programs, a student-athlete study area, new lights, as well as a sound system and de-humidification unit. The upper level interior will also be decorated with photos displaying the rich history of Yale Hockey.

Yale Roster Notes

Senior F Patrick Brosnihan and senior G Alec Richards are the tallest Elis at 6-foot-4... Brosnihan and junior D Ryan Donald are the heaviest (220) Bulldogs... Senior F and captain Matt Nelson is the oldest (turns 23 in early January), while freshman D Kevin Peel (19) is the youngest... The Blue has 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies... Yale has seven players from both the USHL and prep schools, five from the BCJHL, two each from the AJHL, EJHL and public schools and one from the U.S. National Program.

Elis On The Air

Every home game can be seen live on Yale's All Access (yalebulldogs.com) for free. All home games and select road contests can be heard live on WYBC (AM 1340) and wybc.com. Alex Jenson `09, Michael Dunn '10 and Paul Treadgold '10 provide the call for all broadcasts.

NHL Network

The NHL Network airs a Friday night college hockey package showcasing 19 contests beginning Oct. 31 and March 21. Three leagues (CCHA, WCHA and ECAC Hockey) are part of the package, which consists of games produced by network entities but provided to the NHL Network. ECAC Hockey has three league games and three post-season contests on the network.

First NCAA Hockey Regional in Connecticut

Yale and Fairfield Universities are co-hosting the first-ever NCAA Hockey Regional Tournament in the Nutmeg State on March 27-28 at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. There are four regional events that weekend with the winners headed to Washington, D.C., for the 2009 Frozen Four. Yale hosted the 2004 NCAA Women's Frozen Four at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., but has never hosted a men's NCAA hockey event.

Yale On TV

The Elis are on TV at least three times this winter, including two games at Ingalls Rink. Both Quinnipiac games are live TV broadcasts. The game at Ingalls on Jan. 31 is on NESN while the Feb. 20 tilt at TD Banknorth Arena airs live on My9. The last game of the regular season is a stand-alone ESPNU game for Yale and Colgate on Sunday, March 1 at the Whale.

release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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