2013 College Hockey National Championship

Yale University Bulldogs
National Champions

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Typically, when there's a low scoring hockey game, it tends to be filled with a lot of back and forth movement, but the quality shots and intensity levels are usually just marginal.  This game was just a little bit different, though.

The amount of quality shots followed by amazing saves, hard hits that occurred both offense and defensively, tricky passes leaving one wondering how the hell the guy got the puck, and, well, penalties in this game was numerous.  All in all, this was one of the best hockey games i've seen to date.

It was so far from your average, typical college hockey game.


(2-19:56) Just before the period expired, Quinnipiac let their guard down for just enough time for Yale to tally the first goal of the championship game, 1-0.  The puck was fired in down the right side of the boards with enough speed to get it all the way around and up the left side to Gus Young.  Young threw a shot on net as time was about to expire, giving Clinton Bourbonis the redirection oppurtunity which found it's way by Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell.

(3-3:35) Yale would hit the scoreboard again just minutes into the final period to extend their lead to hockey's most dangerous lead, 2-0.  Charles Orzetti would fly down the left side of the rink, entering into Bobcat territory and immediately firing a shot from up top.  The rebound came back to Orzetti, who had ventured farther down the left side, and took another shot as he was nearing the goal line.  The puck found its way through Hartzell's five-hole, hit the far post and deflected into the net.

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(3-9:06) Yale earned a third tally off a Quinnipiac defensive error, which pushed the game farther to their advantage, 3-0.  Kenny Agostino raced up the ice and was able to hit Yale captain, Andrew Miller, with a perfect pass behind the defense.  Miller sped toward Hartzell and slid the puck between his legs for the goal.

(3-13:02) Yale's finally tally of the night came off of an empty-net tally, pushing the final score farther, 4-0.  Captain Miller pounced on a QU defender who was having a little trouble with the puck up on the right side of the boards.  Through the rucus, Miller hit Pittsburgh native, Jesse Root, with a great pass, who sailed the puck into the netminder-less goal.

Game Talk:

“I thought we were the best team in college hockey for the season,” said Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold. “Unfortunately, we didn’t prove it (tonight).”
“I came back to prove you could go to the best university in the world and prove you can play hockey at the highest level,” Yale coach Keith Allain said.
“I think it’s difficult to beat anyone in college hockey,” explained Yale's Andrew Miller. “Night in and night out, there is so much parity. In the NCAA tournament, anybody can beat anybody, and whoever has the hottest goalie and plays the best team game wins.”
Pillow Puck Talk:

Yale hadn't beat Quinnipiac all year, falling on three separate occasions, including the ECAC tournament championship game.  The Bulldogs fell 3-0, 4-1 and 6-2 to the Bobcats throughout the 2012-13 season, until the national championship game.

Yale goalie Jeff Malcom played outstanding.  He denied plenty of unbelievable shots and scoring chances from Quinnipiac and was completely deserving of the shutout.

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Yale proved to be the more fit team.  The Bobcats blocked many shots and found a good flow of momentum throughout the game, even with the incredible display of physicality from both teams early on.

Yale did a fabulous job at attacking the net and keeping traffic in front of Hartzell.

During the game, not one powerplay goal was scored.  Yale had five attempts and Quinnipiac had four.  Although both team's penalty kills looked sharp.

Quinnipiac goalie, Eric Hartzell, looked shaky as the game continued on.  His confidence was draining as he could be seen checking behind him to see if shots had squeezed by.

Quinnipiac's aggression seemed to fade from the begining to the end of the game.  Their backcheck and defensive effort was solid in the beginning, but full of errors and guesses towards the end.

Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold pulled Hartzell with 7:19 remaining in the game.

Announced attendance for the night was 18,184.

College Hockey Wrap

Keep in mind Yale was only invited to the national tourament because Michigan was defeated by Notre Dame in CCHA tournament finale, giving them the pairwise standing that allowed them to participate.

Yale defeated a grand total of three #1 seeds throughout the tournament before they could hoist the national championship trophy above their heads.  The Yale Bulldogs are the first #4 seed to win an NCAA championship.

Photo: NCAA Associated Press

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