For the first time in 61 years, the Yale men’s hockey team will take to the ice for a NCAA Men’s Frozen Four tournament game.
Yale (20-12-3) plays UMass-Lowell (28-10-2) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. The other local favorite, Quinnipiac, plays St. Cloud State in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. The national championship game is April 13 at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs’ Coach Keith Allain, who took over the team in 2006, told the Hartford Courant during a recent press conference: “I truly thought that at Yale you could have the best of both worlds, the best education in the world and compete in hockey at the highest levels in the country of Division I hockey. I wanted to do it on a regular basis. I didn't want to have a good year, four of five lean years. So our mission is to consistently compete for championships. I feel like we're doing that. Now we want to win a championship.”
Allain '80, the Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, has been named one of the seven finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the top coach in Division I men's hockey.
This is the second time the Bulldogs have reached the NCAA semifinal tournament. The first time was in 1952 at the Broadmoor Arena in Colorado Springs. Yale fell 4-3 to Colorado College, and went on to beat St. Lawrence 4-1 in the consolation game, finishing the year 17-8.