One of the best parts about the Frozen Four in college hockey is any team seems capable of winning as long as they get hot at the right time. As for the Yale Bulldogs–that’s exactly what happened as they went on to make school history Saturday night.
There was plenty of excitement heading into Saturday’s National Championship game between Yale and Quinnipiac–mainly because the two schools had never been to the National Championship game and were only eight miles down the road from each other in Connecticut. While Quinnipiac seemed like the favorites heading into the game considering they won all three games against their rivals during the regular season, it was Yale who came out on top to pick up their first National Championship in school history.
At first, the game seemed like it would come down to the wire as it took up until the last four seconds of the second period for the first goal of the game as Clinton Bourbonais came through for Yale to give them a 1-0 lead. From there, the Bulldogs managed to score three more goals in the final period as they went on to win the game 4-0.
Say what you want about the Bobcats failing to show up in the National Championship, but this game simply came down to great goaltending by Jeff Malcolm as the Yale goalie came up big for his team numerous times throughout the game while finishing with 36 saves. Considering nobody could have predicted either of these teams to make the Final Four at the beginning of the season, both Yale and Quinnipiac should be proud for the year they had as they provided fans with a magical run that everyone should be proud of.
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