Tuesday, April 29, 2014

UNH defenseman Justin Agosta on his way to Quinnipiac

Justin Agosta, a senior  defenseman who started all 41 games at the University of New Hampshire this winter, will transfer to Quinnipiac, sources confirmed to the Register. Since he will receive his undergraduate degree in May, he is immediately eligible. Agosta, a three-year starter at UNH, did not see action as a freshman, leaving him a year of college eligibility.

The news was initially reported by Jeff Cox on Twitter.

Agosta, from East Meadow, N.Y., provides a boost to a young but experienced Quinnipiac defensive core that loses only senior Zach Tolkinen. He enjoyed a breakout season on offense as his 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) was a career best. He'll add some size, too. Agosta is listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.He turns 24 in October.

Junior Dan Federico, the team's top blue-liner, was elected team captain over the weekend. Sophomore Alex Barron and freshmen Connor Clifton, Devon Toews, Derek Smith saw considerable time last season. The incoming recruiting class will have at least one defenseman in Kevin McKernan of the Boston Jr. Bruins.

Agosta was honored for his citizenship and community service efforts at the annual New Hampshire hockey banquet on Saturday.

Quinnipiac forward K.J. Kiefenwerth, a transfer from UMass, is also eligible this fall after sitting out last season.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Brady Rouleau, Zach Luczyk transferring from Quinnipiac

Two Quinnipiac players, freshman goaltender Brady Rouleau and sophomore forward Zach Luczyk, have informed coach Rand Pecknold they wish to transfer. Pecknold could not be reached for comment on Thursday, but sources indicated both moves were fueled by lack of playing time.

Rouleau, a Lethridge, Alberta native out of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League did not appear in a game this winter. The Bobcats are set at goaltender for the next two seasons. Sophomore Michael Garteig started all 40 games; backup Jacob Meyers saw action in six. Quinnipiac also recruited another goaltender, Sean Lawrence of the Boston Jr. Bruins, who will arrive this fall.

Luczyk, a Worcester, Mass. resident who battled injuries for a portion of the season, appeared in six games and did not record a point.

Tommy Fallen voted next Yale captain

Tommy Fallen, the high-flying defenseman with the wicked one-timer, was been voted captain at Yale. He'll be officially introduced at the team banquet tonight. Fallen grew up in Minnesota Gopher country and originally planned to attend Air Force before changing his mind and opting for Yale. He was a key member of the national championship team as a sophomore, and now has the prestige of wearing the 'C'.

"It's a great honor," Fallen said earlier today. "Jesse Root was giving me some grief today that he casts an enormous shadow that I'll have to live under for a little while. But it's an honor and I don't quite understand the size of the matter right now. It's just a letter on a jersey until I go out and prove myself as the year goes on."

Fallen has 18 goals and 59 points through three years. If he continues that scoring pace, he could pass Tom Dignard (76 points) to become the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in program history, behind only Dave Baseggio (108), D'Arcy Ryan and Ray Giroux (84 each.)

He said he'll draw a little on Brian O'Neill, Andrew Miller and Root, the past three Yale captains, while adding in his own interpretation of how a leader should present himself. One thing he expects the team to improve upon next season is consistency from game to game.

"This past year we had some great games," Fallen said. "We also would commonly tear that up with a not-so-great game. Next year we're going to focus on having consistency in everything we do. I think that every single person that is worthy enough to put on a Yale jersey is worthy enough to lead this team With all the returners we do have, it's such a large core group of guys who are very close, I think every one of us is going to have a leadership role."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kellen and Connor Jones off to Oklahoma City

No surprise here. Kellen was an Edmonton draft pick, essentially getting the rights to Connor in one swoop. The twins signed an amateur tryout contract with Oklahoma City of the AHL, and should see action as the Barons push for the final playoff spot in the Western Division. Oklahoma City is quickly becoming New Haven West. The Joneses join Yale grads Andrew Miller and Mark Arcobello on the Barons' roster. Oklahoma City is short-handed, due in part to a shoulder injury that may sideline Arcobello until the playoffs, according to reports in the Edmonton Journal. Kellen and Connor will have standard AHL contracts next season.

I've written enough about these two to fill a book over the last four years, but here and here and here are the ones which best summarize exactly what kind of quality kids from quality families they are.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nine Hockey East games on Quinnipiac's 2014-15 schedule

Quinnipiac's schedule for next season will feature at least nine games against Hockey East competition, with another possible in the yet-to-be named tournament at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena.

Rand Pecknold didn't have dates for his non-league games, but the Bobcats have lined up two-game, home-and-away series set with UMass Lowell, Merrimack and Massachusetts. Northeastern will be at Hamden for two games and UConn for one. Another potential date with UConn could come at the Dec. 27-28 tournament in Bridgeport, a tournament field that also includes Sacred Heart and Union. The Bobcats final non-conference game is at home with Bentley.

Formerly known as the UConn Hockey Classic, the new event is expected to undergo a name change. Coaches are supporting the Tim Taylor Cup for the annual event, which will continue to take place between Christmas and New Year's. UConn, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac have committed for the next several years. The hope is that Yale will eventually join to make it an all-Connecticut field. Yale has had conversations with representatives of Webster Bank Arena, which took over the tournament from UConn, and is studying it for future schedules.

Looking ahead: Yale schedule for 2014-15

Yale has their schedule complete for next season and it will be very similar to the one it just played. On the non-league slate, there are return games with Merrimack, Holy Cross and Vermont as well as the Rivalry on Ice against Harvard at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty Invitational will again include Princeton, though Brown and Dartmouth have been replaced this year by UConn and Merrimack. The Russian Red Stars exhibition is back for the fifth straight season. One notable change is RIT coming to New Haven on Nov. 29, replacing Sacred Heart.

Other notes: the Canadian exhibition still hasn't been booked, though the date is solid, and the travel-partner series against Brown in January will be in New Haven on Saturday the 17th and in Providence on Sunday the 18th.

Here's Yale's full schedule for next season. All dates are tentative and can still be moved at this point.


25: vs. Canadian university TBA (exhibition)
31: vs. Princeton at Liberty Invitational, Prudential Center, Newark N.J.

1: vs. UConn or Merrimack at Liberty Invitational, Newark, N.J.
7: Clarkson
8: St. Lawrence
14: at Dartmouth
15: at Harvard
21: at Cornell
22: at Colgate
29: Rochester Institute of Technology

5: RPI
6: Union
27: Russian Red Stars (exhibition)
30: at Holy Cross

3: Vermont
10: "Rivalry on Ice" vs. Harvard at Madison Square Garden (non-conference)
13: at Merrimack
17: Brown
18: at Brown
23: at St. Lawrence
24: at Clarkson
30: Princeton
31: Quinnipiac

6: Harvard
7: Dartmouth
13: at Union
14: at RPI
20: at Quinnipiac
21: at Princeton
27: Colgate
28: Cornell