Harvard & Yale Will Skate For 238th Time Tonight


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Yale University captain ANDREW MILLER (17), the undrafted senior from Bloomfied Hills, Michigan, who now skates professionally for the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League, is pursued by Harvard University skipper DANNY BIEGA (9), the imported senior Canadian defenseman who was chosen by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round (# 67 overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft and currently competes for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League, during the 237th all-time meeting between the two legendary Ivy League arch-rivals early last January in a ECAC Conference clash at the unique David S. Ingalls Rink (a.k.a. “The Yale Whale”) in New Haven, Connecticut.
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The two storied Ivy League schools, who first met on ice more than 113 years ago at the old St. Nicholas Rink on the island of Manhattan in New York, will renew their intense rivalry for the 238th time in collegiate ice hockey history. Of course, it is YALE UNIVERSITY who are the defending NCAA national champions. But, as many people are well aware, it is HARVARD UNIVERSITY, who won their one and only NCAA national title more than two decades ago in 1989, that holds a commanding lead in the all-time series by sporting the dominant record of 141 wins against 77 losses with 19 draws.

It is a fact that, recently, the Bulldogs have done much better against their traditional arch-adversary, the Crimson, in the past five years than at any other prolonged stretch since the 1940s. Yale has won seven of the past games against Harvard, including the two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference matches last season at the Alexander C. Bright Hockey Center (5-1) in November of 2012 as well as at the David S. Ingalls Rink (4-0) in January of 2013. This surge of Bulldog power in the Harvard series, unseen since the days when former New York Rangers ironman forward MURRAY MURDOCH was only just beginning his 27-year run behind the Yale bench, has, for the most part, coincided with the arrival of current head coach KEITH ALLAIN, who was, himself, a goaltender at Yale University in the late 1970s.

In a concentrated effort to reconnect with the glorious history and tradition of this particular college hockey rivalry, both Harvard and Yale have signed a multi-year agreement with a marketing and promotion firm, Leverage Agency, to bring the series back to the bright lights of New York City … this coming January, the Bulldogs and the Crimson will face-off at the famed Madison Square Garden arena on Broadway for the first time since February of 1926 in an event that is being touted as “THE RIVALRY ON ICE.” Not surprisingly, the fast-approaching 239th Harvard vs Yale game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Tonight, this on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, an underdog Harvard squad (4-7-1 overall) will look to invade New Haven and drop the upset bombshell on the reigning emperors of all college ice hockey, who are currently ranked # 8 by USCHO.com and fashion a record of six wins against three losses with two ties so far this season.

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Yale senior winger ANTOINE LAGANIERE (28), the undrafted Canadian import from Quebec who finished as the Bulldogs’ third-leading scorer last season with both 15 goals and 29 points in 37 NCAA games and now skates professionally in the American Hockey League for the Norfolk Admirals, and Harvard’s Swedish winger ALEXANDER FALLSTROM, the Crimson’s leading scorer last term (31 ga, 9 go, 21 pts) who was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round (# 116 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft but now turns out for a living in the AHL on behalf of the Providence Bruins, collide during the ECAC Conference meeting last January at the Yale Whale in New Haven.

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