Monday, December 12, 2016

Looking At Yale

In the final game before the semester break, BU takes on the struggling Yale Bulldogs at Agganis, Tuesday night. 
From The Vault
Bobo Carpenter celebrates after scoring an extra-attacker goal
at Yale last December. The Bulldogs hung on for a 3-2 win.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Yale comes into this game with a 4-5-2 record, which is somewhat disappointing for a team projected to finish at the top of the ECAC. The Bulldogs returned 70% of their scoring from a year ago, and while scoring really hasn’t been an issue (3.09 goals per game) quality wins has been. Yale has beaten RPI twice, Sacred Heart and Holy Cross. Among those four, Holy Cross has the highest PWR at 46.

Yale did manage to tie Clarkson twice in back to back games. The Golden Knights have had a decent start to the year, currently sitting at 9-7-3.

Scouting the Bulldogs
It’s no surprise to see senior John Hayden atop the Yale scoring chart. In seven games played, the former USA WJC member has nine goals and six assists for fifteen points. Sophomore Joe Snively also comes in with fifteen points by way seven goals and eight assists.

Other players to watch include Ryan Hitchcock, Adam Larkin, and Frankie DiChiara.

In goal, both Patrick Spano and Sam Tucker have split time in hopes of filling the gap left by Alex Lyon’s departure. Spano, a senior, played all of one game last year and has seen time in nine games this year. He holds an .892 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against to go along with a 4-3-2 record. Tucker, on the other hand, is 0-2-0 in three appearances with an .839 SV% and a 3.98 GAA.

BU Notes
- Dante Fabbro will be out of the lineup for the second straight game, as he is at Canada’s World Junior camp. 

- When asked why Kieffer Bellows didn’t play Saturday night in Vermont, Coach Quinn said, “sometimes guys need to see the game from above and take a night off.” It wouldn’t surprise me if he sat tomorrow night.

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