As all eyes are college basketball’s Final Four, also underway is college hockey’s equivalent, the Frozen Four. And now that the teams are set, there is a rare situation unfolding. Yale and Quinnipiac are both in the Frozen Four, pitting two teams from the same metro area to compete for the NCAA hockey championship. Boston is usually the place from where the top teams come but Greater New Haven is currently the center of the college hockey universe.
The teams took different paths to the Frozen Four. Yale had to pull off a couple of upsets. They beat powerhouse Minnesota 3-2 and then whipped perennial contender North Dakota 4-1. They’ll need another upset to beat UMass-Lowell a week from today to reach the final.
Quinnipiac spent most of the season atop the national rankings and were ranked no. 1 going into the tournament so they were expected to do well. As it turns out, they needed an epic comeback to beat Canisius (NY) in the first round. They trailed the Buffalo-area school 3-1 with 3:43 left in the game. They miraculously scored three times to win. Their second round game was easier as they breezed past Union College (NY) 5-1. They’ll be the favorite when they face St. Cloud State (MN) to get to the finals, also a week from today.
Just for fun, think of this: If both Yale and Quinnipiac win their next games, they will face each other for the college hockey national championship.