Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold admitted his team was pressing when it gave up a breakaway goal to Yale's Andrew Miller 9:06 into the third period.
Still, Miller, as he has all weekend, pounced on the moment.
Miller finished the weekend with two goals and two assists and was named the most outstanding player of the Frozen Four.
Miller was the leading scorer on the weekend and captained the Yale team that went from the last team into the tournament to the Division I champions Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.
He also showed a flair for the dramatic. Thursday, his overtime goal against Massachusetts Lowell sent the Bulldogs on to the championship.
Like most captains, Miller didn't take singular credit for his performance.
"A national championship is a team effort," he said. "Everyone competed their hardest and to bring a national championship back to Yale is an honor"
Miller headlined the Frozen Four all-tournament team. He was joined by teammates goalie Jeff Malcolm, defenseman Gus Young and center Clinton Bourbonais. Quinnipiac placed defenseman Zach Davies and right winger Jordan Samuels-Thomas on the team.
A sight for sore eyes
Bourbonais' goal with 3.5 seconds left in the second period snapped a 148:05 scoreless streak for the Bulldogs against Quinnipiac this season.
The teams played three times in the regular season and Quinnipiac took all three contests by a combined score of 13-3.
Bourbonais' goal, which gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead heading into the third period, gave Yale its first lead in the rivalry since they were ahead, 2-0, in the first period of the teams' first meeting Feb. 2.
The Bobcats stormed back to beat Yale, 6-2, in that game and wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 win against their cross-town rival in the ECAC third-place game.
Both coaches, though, said their teams weren't totally motivated for that one.
"This is a different team than when we beat them in Atlantic City," Pecknold said. "They've got some new jam, they're competing hard. They're doing some things, and have some players that are on a different level than they were three or four weeks ago."
A long time coming
With the win, Yale became the first Ivy League school to win a Division I hockey championship since Harvard in 1989.
The Crimson's win that year also was the previous championship for ECAC hockey. The Bulldogs' win was their first NCAA title in any varsity sport since the women's fencing team in 1985.
With two of his state's teams battling for the title, Connecticut governor Dan Malloy was in the building at Consol Energy Center. Malloy, a Connecticut native, graduated from undergraduate and law school at Boston College. He has served as governor since 2011.
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