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November 30, 2011

Men's Ice Hockey November Recap

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With November coming to a close and the college hockey season well underway, the six Ivy League men's hockey teams have played between one and five Ivy games this year as well as at least four ECAC Hockey contests.

Yale entered the 2011-12 season as the three-time defending Ivy League Champions and have also won the 2012 ECAC Hockey Tournament, but it is Cornell who currently sits atop both sets of standings (5-1-0 ECAC, 4-1-0 Ivy).

Cornell junior defensemen Nick D'Agostino leads all Ivy skaters in scoring with six goals and six assists for 12 points in nine games played and his 1.33 points per game average is 13th-best in the nation. Cornell freshman forward Brian Ferlin is second amongst the Ivies with five goals and six assists for 11 points (1.22 ppg). D'Agostino's six goals also lead the Ivy League and are tied for sixth-most in ECAC hockey, while his four game-winning goals are tied for the most in the nation.

Harvard junior defenseman Danny Biega is tied with Cornell junior forward Greg Miller for the Ivy League lead in assists as both players have eight helpers on the season. Seven of Biega's eight assists have come on the power play.

Between the pipes, Cornell sophomore Andy Iles has the top goals against average amongst the Ivies with a 2.00 mark, while Brown senior Mike Clemente is second at 2.12. Yale junior Jeff Malcolm checks in with the top save percentage with a .931 mark. Iles and Malcolm each have three shutouts on the season, tied for the third-most in the nation.

In the Polls: USCHO.com | USA TODAY/USA Hockey
Yale (No. 14) and Cornell (No. 17) both appear in the Nov. 28 release of the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll, while Harvard received one vote in that poll as well. In the most recent USA TODAY/USA Hockey men's poll, which was released on Nov. 28, Yale checks in at No. 15, while Cornell is receiving votes.

Team-By-Team:
Brown

The Bears are 3-5-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Ivy play … Brown downed Cornell, 5-4, on Nov. 5 for its Ivy win … the Bears trailed 4-3 in that contest, but Massimo Lamacchia and Ryan Jacobson scored the game's final two goals for the win … Brown's other wins this season came over Princeton (in non-League play) and Union … most recently the Bears were shutout at Holy Cross, 2-0, on Nov. 26 … senior forward Jack Maclellan leads the Bears in scoring with three goals and four assists for seven points … Brown plays Yale on Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 in its next set of games before breaking until a Dec. 30 tilt versus New Hampshire.

Cornell
The Big Red are 6-3-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in Ivy play, including Ivy wins over Yale (6-2), Harvard (4-2), Dartmouth (3-2) and Princeton (4-0) … all told, Cornell is outscoring Ivy opposition by a 21-11 margin through five games … most recently, Cornell fell to Boston University, 2-1, in overtime on Nov. 26 at a sold out Madison Square Garden … senior forward Locke Jillson scored the Big Red's lone goal with 8:54 left in the third period to force overtime versus the Terriers … Cornell plays games against ECAC Hockey foes St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 before reaching its winter break… the Big Red return from breat at the Florida College Classic on Dec. 29 and 30 in Estero, Fla.

Dartmouth
The Big Green are 4-5-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in Ivy League play … led by junior Dustin Walsh's goal and two assists, Dartmouth's Ivy win came at home over Princeton on Nov. 5 by the score of 5-3 … most recently the Big Green recorded a 3-3 tie versus Harvard on Nov. 25 and then fell at Vermont, 5-3, on Nov. 27 … sophomore forward Eric Robinson leads Dartmouth with eight points on five goals and three assists … the Big Green play host to Sacred Heart on Dec. 11 before its winter break, which ends when Dartmouth plays host to the Ledyard National Bank Classic on Dec. 30 and 31 … St. Lawrence, top-ranked Merrimack and Holy Cross will round out the Ledyard National Bank Classic field.

Harvard
The Crimson are 3-3-2 on the year and 0-2-1 in Ivy League play … Harvard is 3-1-1 in its last five games and … the Crimson were involved in one of the season's highest scoring games when, on Nov. 22 it came back from a four-goal deficit to defeat New Hampshire, 7-6 … Colin Blackwell scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the third period to help lead the Crimson to the win over the Wildcats in a game that was Harvard's greatest scoring output since the 2008 ECAC Hockey playoffs … the Crimson currently boasts the top power play in the nation, having converted on 12 of 42 chances (28.6 percent) … before a 20-day layoff in mid December, Harvard will play road games at UMass on Dec. 2 and at Ivy foe Princeton on Dec. 10.

Princeton
The Tigers are 3-7-1 overall and 1-2-0 in Ivy League play … Princeton picked up an Ivy win at Harvard, 4-3, on Nov. 4 … the win was head coach Bob Prier's first as head coach of the Tigers and Eric Carlson had two goals – including the game-winning goal- to lead Princeton to that victory …  most recently the Tigers earned a spilt at the Denver Cup Classic on Nov. 25 and 26, including a 3-0 loss to No. 10 Denver and a 3-1 win over Providence College … the win versus the Friars snapped a three-game losing streak … the Tigers play a pair of home ECAC Hockey games on Dec. 2 and 3 versus Rensselaer and Union and then take on Harvard and Quinnipiac on Dec. 10 and 11 before reaching their winter break.

Yale
The Bulldogs carry a 5-3-1 overall record and a 0-1-0 mark in Ivy play into its pair of games with Brown this week, which will be played on Dec. 1 and 3 ... Yale's penalty-kill is currently tops in the nation at 95.1 percent, while only eight other teams have been penalized less than the Bulldogs … most recently, Yale dropped a 3-2 decision to fifth-ranked Boston College on Nov. 26 in a home game at Ingalls Rink … Yale is averaging 4.25 goals over its past four games (2-0-2) … the Bulldog power play unit is ninth in the country (24.3 percent) … Yale plays at UMass on Dec. 7 before hitting the winter break.