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.