Crosstown Rivalry Anything But Frozen

Andrew Miller scores in overtime for Yale against UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck to advance the Bulldogs to the Frozen Four final game against Quinnipiac at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The 2013 men’s NCAA Division I Frozen Four, the holy grail of college hockey,  featured two Connecticut teams that brought molten action to the Steel City. Throughout the series, crosstown rivals Yale and Quinnipiac lit up the Consol Energy Center, the state-of-the-art home ice of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the first semifinal game, Yale captain Andrew Miller (above) breaks a 2-2 tie in overtime against UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck to advance the Bulldogs to the Frozen Four championship game. Miller would later add another crucial goal in the championship game.

Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell and his defensive teammates including Kevin Bui (9), at left, shut down Brooks Bertsch (21) and the St. Cloud State offense 4-1 in the Frozen Four semifinal game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Quinnipiac would face Yale in the national championship game.

In the second semifinal game of the night, Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell and his defensive teammates including Kevin Bui (9), at left, shut down Brooks Bertsch (21) and the St. Cloud State offense 4-1 in the Frozen Four semifinal game at the Consol Energy Center. Quinnipiac would face Yale in the national championship game.

Quinnipiac goalie and Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell joins his coach and family at the awards ceremony in Pittsburgh. From left is Quinnipiac head hockey coach Rand Pecknold, Hartzell and his mom Mary Beth, his dad Kevin Hartzell and at right is Hartzell's aunt, Michelle Matthews.

On the eve of the national championship showdown between the two Connecticut teams, Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell joins his coach and family at the Hobey Baker Awards ceremony in Pittsburgh. From left is Quinnipiac head hockey coach Rand Pecknold, Hartzell and his mom Mary Beth, his dad Kevin Hartzell and at right is Hartzell’s aunt, Michelle Matthews.

Yale head hockey coach Keith Allain leads his team into the Frozen Four championship venue at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 13.

Yale head hockey coach Keith Allain leads his team into the Frozen Four championship venue at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 13.

Yale players Clinton Bourbonais (15) and Charles Orzetti (27) celebrate after they go ahead 1-0 at the end of the second period against Quinnipiac.

Yale players Clinton Bourbonais (15) and Charles Orzetti (27) celebrate after they go ahead 1-0 at the end of the second period against Quinnipiac.

Yale goes up 2-0 on Quinnipiac at 16:25 in the third period.

Yale goes up 2-0 on Quinnipiac at 16:25 in the third period.

Yale captain Andrew Miller strikes again to make it 3-0 against Eric Hartzell and Quinnipiac in the third period of the Frozen Four championship game.

Yale captain Andrew Miller strikes again to make it 3-0 against Eric Hartzell and the Bobcats in the third period of the Frozen Four championship game.

Yale fans begin to celebrate (with Yale captain Andrew Miller's likeness) in the third period as Yale's Miller opened up a 3-0 lead over Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four championship game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Yale fans celebrate (with Yale captain Andrew Miller’s likeness) late in the third period after Miller opened up a 3-0 lead over Quinnipiac on a breakaway goal.

Yale celebrates it stunning 4-0 win over Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four championship game

Yale players rush to embrace their goalie, Jeff Malcolm, after a stunning 4-0 shutout of top-ranked Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four championship game.

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Malcolm gets his chance to hoist the NCAA championship trophy after a week in Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center.

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