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


MEN’S HOCKEY GAMEDAY

NCAA EAST REGIONAL

• 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
• TV: ESPNU
• Radio: WQUN-1220 (Quinnipiac game); WYBC-1340 (Yale game)

KEEP AN EYE ON

• 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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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.  

STATEMENT OF MAX STERN, COUNSEL FOR JACK MONTAGUE


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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ECAC Hockey hands Yale's Rob O'Gara one-game suspension

Earlier today, ECAC Hockey announced supplemental discipline in the form of a one-game suspension to Yale's Rob O'Gara. The All-American defenseman will miss this weekend's series at Colgate and Cornell after a game disqualification penalty issued on Saturday night against Harvard.

The league made the decision on Monday. There was a delay in the announcement as the league reviewed Yale's appeal.

"We've spent the last couple of days fighting with the league over this one," Yale coach Keith Allain said prior to Wednesday's practice at Ingalls Rink. "My suggestion is you should probably watch the video of the vicious hit (O'Gara) took and come to your own conclusions."

In the third period of Yale's 2-1 victory over the Crimson, O'Gara was sent head-first into the boards by Harvard's Sean Malone. O'Gara remained on the ice for several seconds holding his head. No penalty was called. When he staggered to his feet, he turned to see Malone charging toward him. The two collided, each knocking the other back a step, before O'Gara hit Malone across the side of his head with his stick.

Referees issued O'Gara a 5-minute major and game disqualification.

O'Gara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, is known as one of the top shutdown defensemen in the nation. Yale had been the least penalized team in the country leading into the Harvard game (they're now the fifth least-penalized.) O'Gara had taken eight penalties for 16 minutes in 22 previous games, and doesn't have a history or reputation as a dirty player.

"None whatsoever," Allain said. "Rob's a terrific young man. He's an asset to our university; an asset to our hockey program. We'll miss him, but we have to figure out how to win without him. That's our job right now."


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Yale to sign big-time deal with Under Armour

Yale athletics has little in common with the fat cats of the college sports world, but it’s about to get a deal worthy of the Power Five.

Yale and sportswear giant Under Armour signed a long-term partnership that will outfit the athletic program for the next decade. The deal, expected to be announced Monday, is the first exclusive shoe, apparel and equipment contract in school history.

Under Armour, which famously outfits Maryland and Notre Dame, recently overtook Adidas as the second-largest sports apparel company in the United States and was on track to earn $4 billion in net revenue for 2015. Word is it was anxious to crack into the Ivy League, and more specifically, Yale.

Terms of the deal aren’t likely to be made public, but sources say it’s a 10-year contract is worth in the neighborhood of $16 million, making it higher in annual value than current Nike deals for Big 10 conference members Illinois and Rutgers.

It’s a major coup for Yale, especially since a portion of the contract will be paid in cash to help boost the school’s annual operations budget. No official word yet, but expect more TV broadcasts, more big-name opponents in New Haven and, perhaps, Under Armour-sponsored hockey and basketball tournaments.

One thing loyal Yale fans and alums needn’t worry about is tradition. Maryland, Texas Tech and even Navy allowed Under Armour to make wild changes to uniform color schemes and football helmets. But the university isn’t interested in radical revamps. So breathe easy. Yale Blue is untouchable.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Streaking Bobcats

Quinnipiac is off to the best start to a season in program history. Curious to see where it ranks among the best starts of all-time, I pored through media guides of all 60 Division I teams to cull data. Here's how the Bobcats stack up against the longest season-opening streaks in Division I since Cornell finished the 1969-70 season at 29-0. (NOTE: this post will be updated accordingly):

LONGEST WIN STREAKS TO BEGIN A SEASON SINCE 1970
10: Michigan Tech, 2014-15
11: Quinnipiac, 2015-16
12: Northeastern, 1980-81
13: Air Force, 2008-09
13: Ohio State, 1983-84
15: Harvard, 1986-87
15: Harvard, 1988-89
16: St. Lawrence, 1988-89
21: Boston University, 1977-78

NCAA RECORD
29: Cornell 1969-70, finished season unbeaten and untied

LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAKS TO BEGIN A SEASON SINCE 1970
13: Air Force (13-0), 2008-09
13: Minnesota (11-0-2), 2001-02
13: Ohio State (13-0), 1983-84
14: Wisconsin (13-0-1), 1981-82
14: Boston University (13-0-1), 1970-71
15: Providence (12-0-3), 2015-2016
15: Harvard (15-0), 1988-89
15: Harvard (15-0), 1986-87
16: St. Lawrence (16-0), 1988-89
17: Quinnipiac (15-0-2), 2015-2016
18: Colorado College (15-0-3), 1995-96
19: Maine (14-0-5), 1994-95
21: Boston University (21-0), 1977-78
29: Maine (28-0-1), 1992-93
29: Cornell (29-0), 1969-70


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Keith Allain discusses Yale's incoming class

We released the names of the seven incoming freshman about a month ago. All seven are clear and set to enroll, so Keith Allain was able to break down the class. Here's the link to my Register article that ran today.

A couple of additional notes: Yale is still planning on two games in Arizona this January, but the Arizona Coyotes are working on a two-day, four-team tournament at the NHL arena. Two more opponents are working to shift things around in order to attend. If all works out, the tournament will be Friday and Sunday, with the Coyotes playing a home game on Saturday night. If not, Yale would simply play two games against Arizona State, at least one expected to be at Gila River Arena.

Allain said he's very close to finalizing a replacement for assistant coach Dan Muse, who departed for the Chicago Steel of the USHL a couple weeks ago.