March 31, 2013

Underdog Bulldogs pull off another upset, reach Frozen Four

By Jesse Connolly


Jeff Malcolm made 24 saves in  Yale's 4-1 win over North Dakota Saturday. (Photo: DSPics.com)
 

Trailing 1-0 with possibly just half a period remaining in their season Saturday, Yale exploded for four goals to pull off a stunning, 4-1 upset victory over North Dakota in the West Regional final out in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Bulldogs’ thrilling win punches their ticket to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.

Josh Balch buried the tying tally 12:25 into the final frame. A little over a minute later, Yale went on the power play.

Jesse Root, who scored in overtime the night prior to knock off top-seeded Minnesota, tallied on the man advantage, putting the Bulldogs ahead with 4:56 to go. His goal proved to be the game-winner.

Stu Wilson made it a two-goal game with 2:21 left and Kenny Agostino got the empty-netter with a minute remaining.

‘‘Both of my goals this weekend were special,’’ Root told reporters after the win. ‘‘Any time you get to move on is real special.’’

After needing help to get into the NCAAs thanks to a few untimely losses, the Bulldogs (20-12-3) are now two victories away from potentially capturing their first Frozen Four title.

‘‘It’s a great accomplishment for any team,’’ senior forward Andrew Miller said. ‘‘We've been close. Getting over the hump and actually doing this is a great feeling.’’

Yale will face UMass-Lowell on April 11 in Pittsburgh for the right to advance to the national championship game.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com