Saturday, June 24, 2017

Here is Yale's class of 2021

Brett Jewell
6’2, 195
Vernon, British Columbia
Kalamalka Secondary School
At Merritt Centennials (BCHL): Played for three seasons and scored 28 goals with 36 assists… Scored 3 more goals and had six points in the playoffs… Was named team captain in 2016-17… Helped Merritt reach divisional semi-finals in 2015-16.
At Osoyoos Coyotes (KIJHL): Finished the regular season with 18 goals and 12 assists… Scored seven goals and had 10 assists during the playoffs… Helped his team win division and advance to the conference finals.
Personal: Also played basketball and soccer during high school… Was named to the Principal’s List, received the Roll of Distinction Certificate, and was honored with a Science Achievement Award for his academic achievements... Big fan of Jonathan Toews, who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Phil Kemp
6’3, 200
Greenwich, Connecticut
Pioneer High School
At U.S. National Under 18 Team (Ann Arbor, Mich.): Won 2016 Five Nations Championship… Won 2017 Five Nations Championship… Co-captain of Under-18 World Championship Gold Medal winner… Was +7 in 7 games with two assists in the world championships… Team captain for Under-17 season…
At Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.): Won the Empire Cup in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons… Won the Belmont-Nicholas tournament in 2015… Totaled 16 points as a sophomore… Also played varsity lacrosse and won a New England West Division 1 championship.
Personal: Grandfather, Phil ’50, played football and baseball at Yale… Brother, Larken, played lacrosse at Brown University and now plays for the Denver Outlaws… Sister, Elizabeth, is a rower at Harvard… Great uncles, Frank ’42 and Bruce Kemp ’45, were Yale athletes.
Nicholas MacNab
6’2, 185
Indianapolis, Indiana
At Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL): Played two seasons with the Buccaneers… Had three shutouts during the 2016-17 season… Had a save percentage of .916… Helped lead team to conference semi-finals… Had one shutout during the 2015-16 season… Had a save percentage of .900.
At Culver Military Academy Prep (Culver, Ind.): Had a save percentage of .936 during the 2014-15 season… Helped team win the Lawrence-Grotten Tournament in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons… Named the Senior Class President… Also played varsity lacrosse.
Personal: Brother, Jackson, is committed to play hockey at Notre Dame… A member of Spanish Honors Society… Received Culver Academy’s Batten Scholarship for academic achievements.
Brian Matthews
6’0, 195
Marshfield, Massachusetts
At Omaha Lancers (USHL): Appeared in 49 games and notched seven points in 2016-17… Received the Phil Todd Memorial Scholarship for outstanding performance and dedication.
At Belmont Hill School (Belmont, Mass.): Scored 12 goals and had 26 points as a senior… Was named a captain during the 2015-16 season… Was named All-League in 2016… Won an Independent School League Championship in 2013-14… Also played varsity lacrosse and won two ISL championships… Received the Yale Book Award and was named to the Chinese National Honors Society.
Personal: Sister, Emily, played field hockey at Providence College… Brother, Jay, played hockey at Wesleyan University… Dad, Steve, played football at Curry College… Grandfather played football at Boston College… Grandfather was a Chief Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Kevin O'Neil
5’11, 175
Latham, New York
Albany Academy
USHL: Played 43 games for Madison Capitols and had nine goals and 24 assists… Skated in 14 games for Fargo Force and netted five goals and 11 points.
At Albany Academy Cadets (Albany, N.Y.): Was named assistant captain during the 2015-16 season… Named to the 2016 All-New England Prep All Star Team… Helped his team win 22 games in the 2015-16 season… Received the Frederick A. Plunkett Award for being the most improved player on team… Received the Mary Ann Smith Memorial Award for his dedication to sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
At Syracuse Stars (USPHL): Was named assistant captain during the 2014-15 season… Helped team win the state championship in 2014-2015… Scored 9 goals and 20 points in 10 games played during the 2014-2015 season… Scored 9 goals and 4 assists during the 2013-2014 season.
Personal: Also played lacrosse and ran track during high school… Was a member of French Honor Society… Was named to the Cum Laude Society.
Dante Palecco
5’11, 185
Whippany, New Jersey
Mona Shores High School
At Green Bay Gamblers (USHL): Scored team-high 20 goals and had 36 points (3rd on team) in the 2016-17 season… Played in 60 games… Had four multi-goal games.
At Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL): Played in 89 games in two seasons, scoring 15 goals and 23 points… Helped lead his team to the United States Hockey League Clark Cup with 14 goals on the year.
Personal: Has an English Bulldog named Parker… Last name pronounced puh-LECK-oh
Tyler Welsh
5’9, 165
Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler Secondary School
At Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL): Finished second on team in goals, assists, and points during the 2016-17 season… Helped his team win division during the 2016-17 season… Finished with 2 goals and 10 points during the 2016-17 playoffs… Was an assistant captain during the 2016-17 season… Doubled his goal production from the 2015-16 season… Finished with 30 assists in the 2015-16 season.
At Campbell River Storm (VIJHL): Scored 17 goals and 58 assists during the 2014-15 season… Set the team single-season record for assists… Won Rookie of the Year in the 2014-15 season… Helped team win the Cyclone Taylor Cup and the Keystone Cup.

Personal: Also ran cross country and played golf during high school… Was named captain of the Burnaby Winter Club Hockey Academy during their 2013-14 season… Played with his brother, Nolan, on Victoria Grizzlies last year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

John Hayden scores twice in furious Yale comeback win over RPI

Yale trailed 2-0 to RPI on Saturday night with fewer than 3 minutes to play, and managed to pull off a 3-2 overtime victory. Frankie DiChiara's power-play goal with 2:59 remaining began the rally. John Hayden tied it on an extra-attacker, power-play goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, then won it with another power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime.

See the replay of the game here, via RPI TV.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July. Here's Yale's official hockey schedule for next season.

Yale has a couple of tweaks in the schedule. Keith Allain prefers opening with an Ivy opponent due to the late start date mandated by the league, only this year it's a scrimmage with both Brown and Princeton (games at Princeton.) Sacred Heart is the official season-opener a week later. 

Also, there was some haggling with Providence, which owed the Bulldogs a return game for last season's meeting at Schneider Arena, to find a date that worked for both teams. At the 11th hour, they settled on Jan. 10. 

The University of Ottawa fills the annual Christmas week exhibition, a slot filled by the Russian Red Stars for several seasons until they stopped touring last year. And the Quinnipiac games are once again at season's end, Feb. 4 at Yale, Feb. 24 in Hamden.

2016-17 Yale Men’s Hockey Schedule

Date                      Opponent                                           Time                                                                     
Oct.        22           vs. Brown#                                          2:15
at Princeton#                                     4:00
                29           SACRED HEART                                  7:00                       
Nov.      4             at Union*                                            7:00                                                       
                 5             at RPI*                                                  7:00                       
                11           COLGATE*                                           7:00                       
                12           CORNELL*                                           7:00                       
                18           at St. Lawrence*                               7:00                                       
                19           at Clarkson*                                       7:00                       
                25-26     at Notre Dame Classic                   TBA                       
                                (with Holy Cross, Clarkson)
Dec.       9              RPI*                                                       7:00       
                10           UNION*                                               7:00
                13           at Boston University                       7:00
                28           OTTAWA @                                        7:00
Jan.          3            NORTHEASTERN                               7:00
                  7            at Connecticut (XL Center)          7:00
                10           PROVIDENCE                                     7:00
                13           CLARKSON*                                        7:00
                14           ST. LAWRENCE*                                                7:00
                20           at Dartmouth*                                  7:00
                21           at Harvard*                                         7:00
                27           at Brown*                                           7:00
                28           BROWN*                                             7:00
Feb.       3             PRINCETON*                                      7:00
                 4             QUINNIPIAC*                                    7:00
                10           at Cornell*                                          7:00
                11           at Colgate*                                         7:00
                17           HARVARD*                                         7:00
                18           DARTMOUTH*                                   7:00
                24           at Quinnipiac*                                  7:00
                25           at Princeton*                                     7:00
March   3-5          ECAC Hockey First Round
                10-12     ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals
                17-18     ECAC Hockey Championships
                24-26     NCAA Regionals
April      6-8         Frozen Four (Chicago, Ill.)

# pre-season scrimmage
@ exhibition game

* ECAC Hockey Games

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yale goalie Alex Lyon expected to sign NHL deal this week

Alex Lyon, Yale’s first-team All-American goaltender, is expected to forgo his senior season to sign an NHL contract, sources told the Register.

At least a dozen teams are interested. Lyon is in the process of choosing the best offer with his family and an advisor. A decision is expected in the next few days, but, sources said, a deal appears imminent. The only question is the destination. There's been no indication of a which team is the front-runner.

Lyon had roughly a dozen interested NHL suitors last spring, when he led the nation in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts, but opted to return for his junior year. Keith Allain said at the time he understood Lyon would have a much more difficult time declining the same offers prior to his senior season.  

Scores of NHL scouts and high-ranking front office personnel were fixtures this season at Yale games, home and away. Lyon is once again leading the country in goals-against average (1.64) and tied for second in save percentage (.936). The Bulldogs were eliminated by UMass Lowell in the NCAA East Regional on Saturday night in Albany, New York.

Lyon, an undrafted free agent, is a fourth generation Yale student. His father, Tim, grew up in Wallingford and moved to Baudette, Minnesota to raise a family.

In three seasons, Lyon shattered nearly every goaltending record at Yale. He set the career record for wins (50) earlier this season, and tops career and single-season lists for goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The NCAA East Regional at a glance



• Who/when: Quinnipiac vs. RIT, 4 p.m.; Yale vs. UMass Lowell, 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
• Records: Quinnipiac 29-3-7; RIT 18-14-6; Yale 19-8-4; UMass Lowell 24-9-5
• Radio: WQUN-1220 (Quinnipiac game); WYBC-1340 (Yale game)


• Quinnipiac not only boasts high-scoring forwards. Its defensive unit has accounted for 115 points this season, third-best in the country behind only St. Cloud State (121) and Boston College (117)
• RIT has only been a Division I program for 10 years, but it has caused damage in its only two NCAA tournament appearances. In 2010, it won a regional in Albany to reach the Frozen Four and last year, also the 16th overall seed, upset No. 1 Minnesota State in its opening game. The Tigers, since 1999, have been coached by Wayne Wilson, father of Yale senior forward Stu Wilson.
• Yale’s penalty kill is on pace to shatter the NCAA single-season record for effectiveness. The Bulldogs 94.3 percent success rate (82-for-87) would best the record of 92.0 percent set by Michigan State in 1999. Yale has killed 34 straight penalties dating back to Jan. 23.
• The nightcap between Yale and UMass Lowell is not only a rematch of the 2013 Frozen Four semifinal, but pits the nation’s two best defensive teams. Yale leads at 1.74 goals-per game; UMass Lowell is second at 1.82.


Quinnipiac: Sam Anas, Jr. F (23-25-48); Travis St. Denis, Sr. F (20-24-44); Tim Clifton, Jr. F (18-21-39); Michael Garteig, Sr. G (1.90 GAA, .923 save percentage)
RIT: Josh Mitchell, Sr. F (6-30-36); Myles Powell, So. F (15-17-32); Gabe Valenzuela, Fr. F (13-15-28)
Yale: Joe Snively, Fr. F (10-18-28); Stu Wilson, Sr. F (8-18-26); John Hayden, Jr. F (16-7-23); Alex Lyon, Jr. G (1.59 GAA, .938 save percentage)
UMass Lowell: C.J. Smith, So. F (17-21-38); Adam Chapie, Sr. F (16-19-35); Joe Gambardella, Jr. F (8-27-35); Kevin Boyle, Sr. G (1.77 GAA, .935 save percentage).

Monday, March 14, 2016

Ex-basketball captain Jack Montague will sue Yale

This was just released by Jack Montague's lawyer.  


Boston, MA – March 14, 2016 –

Jack Montague was expelled from Yale University on February 10, 2016 after a panel of the Yale University-Wide Committee found that he had unconsented-to sex 15 months earlier, in October 2014, with a female student who is currently a junior at Yale.  He was expelled during the second semester of his senior year.

Last week, the media widely reported on statements made by Yale students and posters put up on campus which condemned Jack Montague directly as the named culprit and as a rapist, thus slandering him with this accusation.  He was never accused of rape and Yale took no steps to correct these actions.  As a result, Mr. Montague has no choice but to correct the record.

The University hired an independent investigator to investigate this matter and, as reported by her, the facts not in dispute and as stated in the female student’s account are these:

The two students developed a relationship that led to them sleeping together in Jack’s room on four occasions in the fall of 2014.

On the first occasion, the woman joined Jack in bed and stayed the night.
On the second occasion, she entered his bed voluntarily, removed all of her clothes and, during the night, woke him to perform oral sex.
On the third occasion, she joined him in bed, voluntarily took off all her clothing, and they had sexual intercourse by consent.
On the fourth occasion, she joined him in bed, voluntarily removed all of her clothes, and they had sexual intercourse.  Then they got up, left the room and went separate ways.  Later that same night, she reached out to him to meet up, then returned to his room voluntarily, and spent the rest of the night in his bed with him.

The sole dispute is as to the sexual intercourse in the fourth episode.  She stated that she did not consent to it.  He said that she did. 

A year later she reported the incident to a Title IX coordinator.  A Title IX official – not her – filed a formal complaint with the University-Wide Committee.

Only two persons could have known what happened on that fourth night.  The panel chose to believe the woman, by a “preponderance of the evidence.”  We believe that it defies logic and common sense that a woman would seek to re-connect and get back into bed with a man who she says forced her to have unwanted sex just hours earlier.  And yet the Dean accepted this conclusion and ordered Jack to be expelled.  His decision was then upheld by the Provost.

We strongly believe that the decision to expel Jack Montague was wrong, unfairly determined, arbitrary, and excessive by any rational measure.  Yale has been oblivious to the catastrophic and irreparable damage resulting from these allegations and determinations. The expulsion not only deprives Jack of the degree which he was only three months short of earning, but has simultaneously destroyed both his educational and basketball careers.

We cannot help but think it not coincidental that the decision by Yale officials to seek expulsion of the captain of its basketball team followed by little more than a month the report of the Association of American Universities (AAU) which was highly critical of the incidence of sexual assault on the Yale campus, and the Yale President’s promise, in response, to “redouble our efforts.”  From what appears, Jack has been pilloried as a “whipping boy” for a campus problem that has galvanized national attention.

There is no doubt that institutions of higher learning must take the problem of sexual abuse seriously and take effective steps to protect its women students.  But that obligation cannot justify imposing so drastic a punishment on the basis of such flimsy evidence. 

Mr. Montague intends to sue Yale University to vindicate his rights.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ECAC Hockey hands Yale's Rob O'Gara one-game suspension

Earlier today, ECAC Hockey announced supplemental discipline in the form of a one-game suspension to Yale's Rob O'Gara. The All-American defenseman will miss this weekend's series at Colgate and Cornell after a game disqualification penalty issued on Saturday night against Harvard.

The league made the decision on Monday. There was a delay in the announcement as the league reviewed Yale's appeal.

"We've spent the last couple of days fighting with the league over this one," Yale coach Keith Allain said prior to Wednesday's practice at Ingalls Rink. "My suggestion is you should probably watch the video of the vicious hit (O'Gara) took and come to your own conclusions."

In the third period of Yale's 2-1 victory over the Crimson, O'Gara was sent head-first into the boards by Harvard's Sean Malone. O'Gara remained on the ice for several seconds holding his head. No penalty was called. When he staggered to his feet, he turned to see Malone charging toward him. The two collided, each knocking the other back a step, before O'Gara hit Malone across the side of his head with his stick.

Referees issued O'Gara a 5-minute major and game disqualification.

O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, is known as one of the top shutdown defensemen in the nation. Yale had been the least penalized team in the country leading into the Harvard game (they're now the fifth least-penalized.) O'Gara had taken eight penalties for 16 minutes in 22 previous games, and doesn't have a history or reputation as a dirty player.

"None whatsoever," Allain said. "Rob's a terrific young man. He's an asset to our university; an asset to our hockey program. We'll miss him, but we have to figure out how to win without him. That's our job right now."