NCAA hockey final will feature first-timers

Yale right wing Andrew Miller (17) slips the puck between the legs of UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the winning goal during overtime of an NCAA Frozen Four college hockey game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Yale won 3-2.

PITTSBURGH — Connecticut hockey rivals will meet for college hockey's biggest prize after winning NCAA men's hockey semifinal games on Thursday night.

Yale's Andrew Miller swooped past a couple of UMass Lowell defenders then slipped a backhand shot between the legs of Connor Hellebuyck 6:59 into overtime to lift Yale to a 3-2 win in the first game.

"That's probably the biggest goal in the history of Yale hockey," Allain said.

Jeff Malcolm made 16 saves for Yale but faced just three shots over the game's final 27 minutes and none in the extra period. Yale will face in-state (Connecticut) rival Quinnipiac in the finals on Saturday.

• Quinnipiac jumped to an early lead and cruised past St. Cloud State 4-1 on Thursday in the NCAA hockey semifinals.


Jordan Samuels-Thomas had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Bobcats while Ben Arnt, Kellen Jones and Jeremy Langlois also scored for Quinnipiac (30-7-5), who will play in-state rival Yale in the final Saturday.

Hobey Baker Award finalist Eric Hartzell stopped 32 shots for the Bobcats, easily outshining fellow finalist Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State. LeBlanc was held scoreless as the Huskies (25-16-1) struggled to keep up with Quinnipiac. Joey Benik scored his tournament-leading fifth goal for St. Cloud State but it wasn't nearly enough.

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