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New era begins at Boston University

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 3:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

A new era in one of the most storied college hockey programs began on Oct. 11 when David Quinn stepped behind the bench for Boston University for his first NCAA game against the University of Massachusetts.

Quinn has the unenviable task of replacing a legend. He took over from Jack Parker, who in 40 years with the Terriers set the NCAA record for career wins at one school with 894, won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009, and left his successor with some huge shoes to fill.

How does the 11th coach in BU history pick up where Parker left off?

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Penn State readies for first game at Pegula Ice Arena

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

When Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula made an initial $88 million contribution to Penn State University in 2011, the campus-wide anticipation for the first game of the 2013-14 college hockey season began in earnest. The hefty donation was made so the school could establish two NCAA Division I hockey programs, both of which would play in a new, state-of-the-art arena.

Two years after Pegula's game-changing contribution to Penn State, the day finally is here.

The Nittany Lions open their second season as a Division I program Friday against Army. In the process, they'll open the doors of Pegula Ice Arena, a 6,000-seat, multi-purpose facility that is the talk of college hockey.

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Ten candidates who could win Hobey Baker Award

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Johnny Gaudreau had about as fine a season as a hockey player could ask for in 2012-13.

A sophomore forward at Boston College, Gaudreau led all NCAA hockey players with 1.46 points per game. His 51 points tied him for fourth among all players, and his 21 goals and 30 assists each ranked in the top 10. His six game-winning goals were tied for second, and his plus-19 rating was second on his team.

Perhaps most impressively, only 13 of his points came on the power play, meaning the 5-foot-9, 150-pound New Jersey native was at his best at even-strength play.

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Yale relishes upset win over Quinnipiac

Sunday, 04.14.2013 / 1:51 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – It was a meeting of ECAC rivals Saturday, but polar opposites in the national rankings entering the NCAA tournament.

So, how did No. 16 Yale University take down No. 1 Quinnipiac by a 4-0 score?

"Our goaltending is good. Their goaltending is good," Yale coach Keith Allain said two days ago.

Saturday, Yale's was better.

"[Jeff Malcolm] was the best player on the ice," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said about the Bulldogs' goaltender without hesitation. "I still think [goaltender] Eric [Hartzell] is the best player in the country and should have won the Hobey, and we are not here without him. But it's the best game I've ever seen [Malcolm] play."

"To get a shutout in the national championship in unbelievable," Yale coach Keith Allain -- a former goaltender at his alma mater -- said about his netminder's effort.

Quinnipiac defeated Yale three times previously this season.

"I think the details in our game and our individuals was better now than they were the last time we faced them," Allain said Friday.

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Yale celebrates first national championship

Sunday, 04.14.2013 / 12:32 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- It was a good night, indeed, for Yale University's Clinton Bourbonais, Jeff Malcolm and their teammates.

When the Consol Energy Center belted out a pre-game rendition of the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," the fans in Bulldog blue got that feeling going in the stands with thundering support for their Yale underdogs, the 16th and final seed against the Quinnipiac Bobcats – the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 1 team in the country.

Put a whole bunch of zeroes after any number 1-9, and you catch the drift of the number of times any hockey kid dreams of scoring the championship-winning goal.

Or slamming the door between the pipes.

Yale, held scoreless by Quinnipiac in their last two meetings, pumped home four goals to make it a very good night for the folks in New Haven, Conn., taking home the NCAA hardware in the 4-0 final.

Bourbonais, the junior from Dexter, Michigan, got Yale on the scoreboard just four ticks from the end of the second period with what proved to be the game-winning goal to get Yale off and running to the best night in program history.

Bourbonais also assisted on the insurance goal at 3:35 of the third period when freshman Charles Orzetti beat Hartzell on a tough angle from the corner that slipped by Hartzell's short side.

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Yale beats top-seeded Quinnipiac for first NCAA title

Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 11:29 PM / On Campus

Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Yale University has produced five U.S. Presidents, 19 Supreme Court justices ... and now an NCAA hockey champion.

Jeff Malcolm made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season, Clinton Bourbonais and Andrew Miller each had a goal and an assist and Yale won its first national championship by beating local rival Quinnipiac 4-0 on Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

"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."

Charles Orzetti and Pittsburgh native Jesse Root added third-period goals for the Bulldogs (22-12-3), who capped an improbable run to what was the first NCAA championship in 24 years for the traditionally lightly-regarded Eastern College Athletic Conference. Fellow Ivy League school Harvard was the most recent ECAC winner -- in 1989.

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St. Cloud State's LeBlanc wins Hobey Baker Award

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 6:47 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Drew LeBlanc, a senior forward from St. Cloud State, was named Friday as the 33rd winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college hockey player in the United States.

LeBlanc is the first Hobey Baker winner from St. Cloud State and the 16th from the Western College Hockey Association. He finished ahead of the other two Hobey Hat Trick finalists -- Johnny Gaudreau, a sophomore forward from Boston College, and Eric Hartzell, a senior goaltender from Quinnipiac University.

LeBlanc was named winner of the Hobey Baker in a ceremony at the Consol Energy Center less than 24 hours after Hartzell and the Bobcats beat St. Cloud State 4-1 in the NCAA Frozen Four.

The trophy is presented in honor of Baker, a star player at Princeton who was killed in a flight-training accident at age 26, while serving in World War I. The criteria for the award include displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

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Yale, Quinnipiac provide ECAC defining moments

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 12:00 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- If you are a college-hockey fan -- especially of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference -- and pick lottery numbers, you might include 1-10-23-24-35 among upcoming selections.

It's been one year removed since Union went to the Frozen Four, but 10 since a previous ECAC team reached the Frozen Four (Cornell, 2003); it's been 23 since a team from the league, established in 1961, played for the national championship (Colgate, 1990); it's been 24 years since the last ECAC team won an NCAA title (Harvard, 1989); and it's been 35 years since two ECAC teams met in the final game of the season (Boston College vs. BostonUniversity, 1984, prior to both joining Hockey East).

With just six national championships in ECAC history, a seventh is assured with the Yale Bulldogs meeting their league rival Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday in the 2013 NCAA championship game.

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Yale, Quinnipiac to meet for NCAA championship

Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 11:38 PM / On Campus
The NCAA championship game will decide a national title -- and local bragging rights.

Yale and Quinnipiac, a pair of Connecticut schools separated by about 15 miles, will face off for the national championship Saturday night after winning semifinal games Thursday at the Frozen Four at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh

Yale, the 16th and final team in the field, advanced by beating UMass-Lowell 3-2 on Andrew Miller's goal 6:59 into overtime. Quinnipiac, the top seed in the tournament, scored three times before the game was 12 minutes old and beat St. Cloud State 4-1.

The ECAC rivals will be meeting for the fourth time this season -- the Bobcats (30-7-5) won each of the first three, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-3.

In the opener, Yale (21-12-3) blew a 2-0 lead in the second period when UMass-Lowell (28-11-3) scored twice in a span of 14 seconds. But the Bulldogs outshot the River Hawks 16-3 in the third period and had all seven shots on goal in OT to finish with a 47-18 advantage.
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Frozen Four boasts solid crop of undrafted FAs

Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 12:13 PM / On Campus

Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Two summers ago, Antoine Laganiere had an internship with a bank.

Sometime soon, he almost certainly will have an internship of sorts with a National Hockey League team.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward from Yale, Laganiere will have a pretty secure safety net should the whole professional hockey thing not work out -- an Ivy League economics degree. But as his role, production and body have all grown over the past three years, so have his National Hockey League prospects.

Laganiere's Bulldogs (20-12-3) advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1952 and will play UMass Lowell (28-10-2) in the first of two national semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Consol Energy Center. Quinnipiac (29-7-5) and St. Cloud State (25-15-1) follow at 8 p.m.

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