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Yale and Quinnipiac offer different styles, history as NCAA championship looms

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 1:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Yale and Quinnipiac offer different styles, history as NCAA championship looms

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Quinnipiac and Yale are located 10 miles apart, connected by a stretch of Connecticut highway but not much else.

When the two schools meet for the NCAA hockey title on Saturday night, it will be a clash of styles and history.

The Bulldogs have the oldest college hockey program in the country and their school is part of Ivy League royalty. The top-seeded Bobcats didn't join Division I until 1998 and serve as the benchmark for a rapidly growing university.

Quinnipiac has won all three meetings between the schools this year, outscoring Yale by a total of 13-3. The Bobcats say they're treating this like just another game, and coach Rand Pecknold insists Yale is much improved from the team that lost 3-0 to Quinnipiac three weeks ago.

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