This is the same headline The Shad wrote two weeks ago when I speculated about an all Connecticut, indeed an all-Greater New Haven college hockey championship game between Yale and Quinnipiac. Now that it has come to be, the Connecticut and national media are finally writing about it.
Both the Bulldogs and the Bobcats won their Frozen Four semi-final games yesterday to set up the showdown. As a lifelong hockey player, I sort of saw this coming. I liked Yale because they are simply on a roll—they have “The Big Mo’.” Just squeaking into the tournament, they upset three perennial powerhouse teams in Minnesota (in overtime), North Dakota and then yesterday (again in overtime), they bested UMass-Lowell. All three teams were ranked higher than Yale.
The overtime goal by Andrew Miller against UMass-Lowell was an absolute gem.
Quinnipiac came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in the country. They’ve taken care of business against Canisius (NY), powerhouse Boston College and St. Cloud St. (MN) to reach the finals. They’re consistent, strong on the puck and strong in goal.
If I had to make a pick for national champion, I have to go with “The Q.” They’re just that good. But again, Yale has been the Cinderella Story of the Frozen Four. Either way, Saturday’s night’s final will be fun to watch and Connecticut should be proud of both these teams.