My first college hockey experience was definitely a good one! Forget about regular season play, I jumped straight to the Frozen Four at Consol Energy Center and got more than I could ask for. Yale and UMass Lowell were up first in the semi-final and they didn’t disappoint.
Yale got a quick 2-0 lead over UMass Lowell in the first period, including a goal from freshman Mike Witek, which was the first goal of his collegiate career. But UMass Lowell made things interesting and tied the game up just before the end of the second period. After a scoreless third period Yale Senior Andrew Miller got the game winning goal in overtime.
Yale of course was super excited about the overtime win and celebrated on the ice the whole way to the locker room. I caught up with a few players after the game and one in particular was the very giggly freshman, Mitch Witek.
“I’m not really a goal scorer, I think that’s what they are laughing about, probably one of the first interviews and last interviews I’ll ever have,” Witek said while being taunted by his teammates for doing a post game interview for the first time. Witek added, “Don’t put that in there, don’t‘ put that in there.”
I had to put that in there, sorry Mitch! Witek’s teammates were giving him a hard time the entire interview and it was definitely one of my most memorable interviews yet. Check out the whole thing here!
The next semi final game was not much of a game at all. Top seeded Quinnipiac dominated St. Cloud State from start to finish allowing just one goal scored in the 4-1 win. The Bobcats’ first 3 goals were scored in the first period and St. Cloud State could not answer back until late into the second period. But 1 goal just wasn’t enough so it will be Yale vs. Quinnipiac in the NCAA Championship game tomorrow. I talked to a few excited Quinnipiac players in the locker room after the game including team captain, Zack Currie.
“This group of guys is amazing we are all best friends, we get along so well and we’ve worked so hard for this and to see us get to this game and have this opportunity as a group it’s unbelievable,” Currie said of his teammates.
Saturday won’t be the first time these two teams meet this year. They played 3 times this season and Quinnipiac defeated Yale by at least 3 goals every time. But Bobcat forward, Kellen Jones said he doesn’t expect an easy game.
“They are a different team though I think,” Jones said. “They beat UMass and Minnessotta and North Dakota and those are three really great teams so it’s going to be a battle and we are up for it.”
Go here to hear what else Jones had to say.
And to hear my full interview with Quinnipiac senior Ben Arnt go here!
The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
I will be at the Pirate game so tweet me your pictures from the championship game!
XOXO – Abbey
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