|Joe Snively (photo by Yale Bulldogs Athletics)|
Yale defensively in more of a middle of the pack team giving up 2.81 goals per game which is 31st in the country. Yale lost some quality defenseman in Rob O'Gara, Ryan Obuchowski and Mitch Witek to graduation. The Bulldogs also lost junior defenseman Nate Repensky to a career ending injury before the season. The injury left the Bulldogs with only two upperclassmen on the blue line yet only one of them sees consistent game action in junior Adam Larkin who has 11 points (3 goals and 8 assists). Yale has had to rely on many of the younger players to get experience on the fly and it has paid off in the second semester. With young players like Charlie Curti, Matt Foley, Billy Sweezey and Chandler Lindstrand starting to come into their own as players, the Bulldogs in the month of January have really tightened things up defensively to the tune of 1.88 goals per game. The Bulldogs penalty kill is 26th in the country at 84.4% (81-of-96) and they have given up six power play goals in their last nine games.
|John Hayden (photo by Steven Ryan/Icon SMI)|
Quinnipiac is 4-0-1 in its last five trips to Ingalls Rink with the Bulldogs last win coming on November 6, 2010 in a 5-1 win over the Bobcats. This should be a great hockey game between a pair of rivals with key ECAC points at stake for both teams. This is Yale's best chance to score a win against Quinnipiac since 2013 but don't expect the Bobcats to lay down without a fight even if this has not been a typical Quinnipiac season like the past four years. The players get up for games against Yale and expect a hard nosed effort by Quinnipiac on Saturday night.