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ECAC Hockey rivals Quinnipiac, Yale to meet for NCAA title

By Ken Schott
Thursday, April 11, 2013

EZAC no more!

For the first time since 1989, an ECAC hockey team will win the NCAA title on Saturday night. Yale and Quinnipiac, neighbors in the New Haven, Conn., area, advanced to the NCAA hockey tournament Frozen Four with victories in the semifinals Thursday night.

Andrew Miller scored 6:59 into sudden-death overtime, giving Yale a 3-2 win over UMass-Lowell in the first semifinal.

In Game 2, Quinnipiac jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked back as it rolled to a 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State.

The last time an ECACH team won the national title was Harvard in 1989. The last ECACH team to reach the final was Colgate in 1989.

The final will mark the first time two ECACH teams have played for the national title. Boston University beat Boston College, 5-3, in 1978.

The last two current ECACH teams to face off for the NCAA championship were Cornell and Clarkson in 1970. Cornell won, 6-4, capping off a 29-0 season.

The ECACH has been criticized for being a weak league, leading to the nickname "EZAC." That nickname can now be buried.

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