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Friday, 12 April 2013 00:44

Yale Defeats UMass-Lowell, Advances to National Championship

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The Yale Bulldogs are keeping their dream season alive after defeating UMass-Lowell, 3-2 in overtime.

Yale, in their first Frozen Four since 1952, won the game in overtime when junior and team captain Andrew Miller scored just 6:59 into the overtime period. Yale came back to win the game after blowing a 2-0 lead in the second period in the span of 14 seconds.

The Buldogs dominated the Hockey East champs in shooting, 47-18, and had all the shots on goal in the overtime session with seven.

Miller said after the game,

"We were obviously outplaying them, and we wanted to stick to our system and hope one would bounce. Get everything to the net and hopefully pop one."

Yale scored their first two goals by way of the power play in a dominant first period by the Bulldogs. Yale outshot the Riverhawks, 11-5. Mitch Witek and Antoine Laganiere scored the power play goals to give the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead.

The Riverhawks answered right back in the second period with goals by Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pedenza, but the good feelings for UMass-Lowell were short lived as Yale dominated the third period and overtime period.

The loss for the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks ends a fairy tale season that had the once hapless program finally reach the top of the Hockey East and knock off giants like Boston College.

Yale was the 16th and final team to be included in the NCAA Tournament and had to get past hockey powerhouses Minnesota and North Dakota just to get to the Frozen Four.

Yale will be making their first ever appearance in the National Championship game and will await the winner of the Quinnipiac-St. Cloud State game to be contested later this evening.