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.