• Quinnipiac not only boasts high-scoring forwards. Its
defensive unit has accounted for 115 points this season, third-best in the
country behind only St. Cloud State (121) and Boston College (117)
• RIT has only been a Division I program for 10 years, but
it has caused damage in its only two NCAA tournament appearances. In 2010, it
won a regional in Albany to reach the Frozen Four and last year, also the 16th
overall seed, upset No. 1 Minnesota State in its opening game. The Tigers,
since 1999, have been coached by Wayne Wilson, father of Yale senior forward
• Yale’s penalty kill is on pace to shatter the NCAA
single-season record for effectiveness. The Bulldogs 94.3 percent success rate
(82-for-87) would best the record of 92.0 percent set by Michigan State in
1999. Yale has killed 34 straight penalties dating back to Jan. 23.
• The nightcap between Yale and UMass Lowell is not only a rematch
of the 2013 Frozen Four semifinal, but pits the nation’s two best defensive
teams. Yale leads at 1.74 goals-per game; UMass Lowell is second at 1.82.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Quinnipiac: Sam Anas, Jr. F (23-25-48); Travis St. Denis,
Sr. F (20-24-44); Tim Clifton, Jr. F (18-21-39); Michael Garteig, Sr. G (1.90
GAA, .923 save percentage)
RIT: Josh Mitchell, Sr. F (6-30-36); Myles Powell, So. F
(15-17-32); Gabe Valenzuela, Fr. F (13-15-28)
Yale: Joe Snively, Fr. F (10-18-28); Stu Wilson, Sr. F
(8-18-26); John Hayden, Jr. F (16-7-23); Alex Lyon, Jr. G (1.59 GAA, .938 save
UMass Lowell: C.J. Smith, So. F (17-21-38); Adam Chapie, Sr.
F (16-19-35); Joe Gambardella, Jr. F (8-27-35); Kevin Boyle, Sr. G (1.77 GAA,
.935 save percentage).
Chip has covered Yale and Quinnipiac hockey for the New Haven Register since 1999. His book "Hockey Haven: How Yale and Quinnipiac reached the top of the college game" chronicles the rise of both programs and their magical run to the 2013 national championship game.
He has also served as beat writer for UConn and Yale football and covered Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL for multiple publications.