Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boola! Boola! It Took More Than 100 Year to Do It, but Yale Finally Wins College Hockey Crown Late Goal in Second Period Opens Door to 4- 0 Victory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boola! Boola! It Took More Than 100 Year to Do It, but Yale Finally Wins College Hockey Crown Late Goal in Second Period Opens Door to 4- 0 Victory

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Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm was without question the least-heralded goalie to make his way to Pittsburgh for the Frozen Four.

But Saturday night, he played the game of his life at Consol Energy Center.

Malcolm and the Yale Bulldogs shut out Quinnipiac, 4-0, to win the first national championship for a program with roots that go back more than a century to 1893.

"I just felt comfortable in there," said Malcolm, who made 36 saves. "We got some bounces. And, yeah, here we are. ... It was one of our goals at the start of the season to get here. It's just an amazing feeling right now."

A crowd of 18,184 watched the Bulldogs hoist the NCAA championship trophy as confetti rained from the rafters.

The Bulldogs broke open a scoreless game on a goal with 3.5 seconds left in the second period.

Clinton Bourbonais tipped the puck through Eric Hartzell's five- hole just before the break.

Hartzell, a Hobey Baker finalist, had gone behind the net to clear a shot and was back at the corner of the crease facing the shooter, but the puck was deflected by Bourbonais at the last second.

The shot from Gus Young was launched just above the left circle at the wall. It had the makings of a routine, albeit odd-angle shot until the deflection.

"It was just a flukey goal," Hartzell said. "That's what happens when you get pucks on nets, just weird things happen. I didn't really see the shot. It was deflected, it was bouncing, he redirected it right to my five hole."

Just 3:35 into the third period Charles Orzetti gave Yale a 2-0 lead with another shot through Hartzell's five-hole, this one a wrister from the left circle.

Andrew Miller then made it 3-0 at 9:06 of the third period on a breakaway, and Mt. Lebanon's Jesse Root scored into an empty net at 13:02.

Yale and Quinnipiac had played three times previously this season with the Bobcats winning all three games. …

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