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Yale rides upsets to 2013 NCAA hockey national title

Apr 14, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

Jeff Malcolm AP

The Yale Bulldogs wrote the last chapter of their underdog story on Saturday, topping the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-0 to earn the school’s first-ever hockey national championship. They did so in front of a reported crowd of 18,184 at the Consol Energy Center.

As NHL.com points out, Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm starred on Saturday, making all 36 saves.

“I came back to prove that you could go to the best university in the world and compete in hockey at the highest level,” said Bulldogs coach Keith Allain, a former goalie at the school who has 13 years of experience as a National Hockey League assistant coach. “And this group has proven that this year.”

This serves as an upset on many levels. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Yale (ranked 15th out of the 16 tournament teams) beat top-ranked Quinnipiac.
  • They had lost to Quinnipiac three times before tonight’s game.
  • Malcolm managed to steal the spotlight from well-regarded opposing goalie and Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell.
  • The Toledo Blade points out that Yale became the first fourth seed to win it all.

For more, check out NCAA.com’s extensive coverage. (Get another idea of the odds Yale overcame in PHT’s Frozen Four preview.)

  1. 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Why do I feel like I’ve read a bunch of stories about bottom seeds and playoff glory somewhat recently?

  2. bayafan - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Please add college hockey talk!

    • 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      That would actually be really cool. Seriously guys, you should think about this.

  3. modellforprez - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    as a pittsburgher it was awesome hosting the frozen four. the games were great but the people that came to support their teams were special too and we loved having you all and cant wait to see you again…….

    • johninpa - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      It’s just a shame that tickets for Thursday’s games were $200 and for Saturday’s championship game were $140.

  4. twesty85 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    This tourney is a joke. Look at how many people went to these games most were half full. This is due to the NCAA wanting neutral sites so the eastern schools who’s fans don’t travel well.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Then don’t watch it, no one needs your horrible attitude. The games were all great, like they usually are.

      Not sure why you need people in the stands to make it a solid game but I guess when you don’t have the ability to develop your own opinion that’s what happens.

    • rsmaggiemae - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      I am from Minnesota and I went to Grand Rapids, Mich to see the Gopher play Yale and we lost… there was hardly any people there except those from the schools.
      I then went to Toledo to see St Could State play and the exact same thing, hardly any people there, they have to put the play offs in states where hockey is number one sport…
      It was really quite sad…..Went to Pittsburgh and it was a very good turn out and fun.
      Glad Drew LeBlanc won the Hobey Baker awared… he is from such a small town here in Minnesota and Connelly from Duluth wont it last year..

      One reason I dont put much into the eastern schools winning is that they have a lot of Candadian players on thier teams, and here in Minnesota at the University we dont…
      I dont think we have ever had one.. not sure have to look that up
      I know some of the other schools in MN and North Dakota and Wisc do, but not the University.
      The problem as I saw the Gopher lose to Yale, was the majority of the first line was so worried about thier career in the NHL that they forgot to play hockey for the University.
      SAD

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