Frozen Four 2013: Top Performers from Epic NCAA Hockey Finale

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Frozen Four 2013: Top Performers from Epic NCAA Hockey Finale
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The 2013 Frozen Four ended in surprising fashion—well, not too surprising. Coming in we knew a Connecticut school would be taking home a national championship after Saturday night’s final.

What we didn’t expect was for top-ranked Quinnipiac to fall to its neighbors in a convincing manner. The Bobcats, who decisively bested their crosstown rivals 6-2, 4-1 and 3-0 in the regular season, also boasted the top seed of the tournament.

Yale barely even earned its chance to compete to begin with, earning a 15th seed. Once things kicked off, though, nobody questioned whether the Bulldogs belonged. They simply got hot at the right time and rode that momentum to a championship.

Quinnipiac struggled uncharacteristically despite having beaten Yale those three times previously. Bulldogs goalie Jeff Malcolm completely shut down the Bobcats despite facing an onslaught in the final period.

Down two goals, Quinnipiac turned up the tempo and started to come to life in the final moments. Malcolm responded, though, and kept the favorites scoreless until the title was Yale’s.

The win is the first by an Ivy League school since Harvard captured the national title in 1989.

Below, we’ll highlight three key contributors who helped Yale win its first men’s hockey national championship.

 

Jeff Malcolm, Yale

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Saturday was Jeff Malcolm’s birthday. And what a day it was.

What started as a goaltender duel between Yale’s Jeff Malcolm and Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell ended in a dominant performance by the underdog netminder. Malcolm finished with an impressive 35 saves and allowed nothing to hit his net.

Malcolm had help from his defensemen, too, but made all of the big saves needed to post one of the most memorable goaltender performances in recent time.

 

Clinton Bourbonais, Yale

Bourbonais's tiebreaking goal with 3.5 seconds to play before the intermission.

Clinton Bourbonais ended the silence after nearly two full periods without a goal. The score came with just 3.5 seconds to play before intermission and came off of a redirect following a last-second shot by Gus Young.

 

Charles Orzetti, Yale

Orzetti's rebound goal put the Yale Bulldogs up by two goals.

The Bulldogs knew a narrow one-goal lead wasn’t enough to ward off the aggressive Bobcats in the final period. Charles Orzetti  delivered a huge boost in their confidence after he put the school up by two goals with 16:25 left to play in the game.

Orzetti, a freshman who scored just his second goal of the season, celebrated after the amazingly angled goal. He knocked the glass out of the stanchion after celebrating by slamming himself into it.

It was a sweet win for the nation's oldest college hockey program.

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