Friday, January 21, 2011

Yale-Clarkson pregame

Greetings from Ingalls Rink. Logistics dictated my need to be here two hours early. Between the three feet of snow eliminating much of the street parking and the rejuvenation of Yale hockey becoming the hottest ticket in town, getting to the rink early is now a must. For me. Fans should know enough to be here early.

Clarkson's band made the trip from the nether regions of Upstate New York's North Country, and are hanging around waiting to fire up their instruments 90 minutes prior to face off. Yale's band will be here too. Ingalls' acoustics aren't the best for dueling bands, and both happen to be facing the press box. Glad I have Tylenol.

Yale is sticking with the lineup it has used the past few games. Clinton Bourbonais gets the start at center again for injured Jesse Root, while Josh Balch is at right wing on the line with freshman Kenny Agostino. Balch and Antoine Laganiere have traded off the one spot in the Bulldogs lineup that isn't set in stone at this point.

Clarkson's lineup is replete with NHL draft picks and guys from Ontario (their are 10 in the lineup tonight) sporting unusual jersey numbers. No. 93 Allan McPherson is either playing right wing or defensive tackle. And No. 89 Bryan Rufenach is at split end.

Here are the lines for the Knights tonight.



Karpowich in goal


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