PITTSBURGH -- Yale has done an amazing job on the forecheck and in the offensive zone all night, and finally, with 3.5 seconds in the second period, it paid off.
Quinnipiac was unable to clear the puck after a sustained shift of pressure from the Bulldogs, and junior Clinton Bourbonais was able to get his stick on a puck in front of goalie Eric Hartzell. It deflected through the five-hole and into the back of the net, and the Bulldogs hold the 1-0 lead heading into the final period.
The Bobcats have been in close games like this a lot this season, so they'll undoubtedly come out firing in the third. But the Bulldogs have done a fantastic job of bottling up QU's transition game, and the Bobcats haven't had nearly the same amount of time to create chances when they do control the puck in the Yale end.
It's surprising there wasn't more scoring in the second period. In an odd sequence midway through the period, Yale took a bench minor for too many men on the ice, then 50 seconds later took another penalty when Bourbonais collided with Hartzell in the crease. Before the first penalty could even expire, though, Quinnipiac took a too many men penalty of their own, then followed it up with a goalie interference penalty when Zach Davies collided with Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm.
Both penalty killing units were up for the task, though, and neither team had many chances with the man advantage. Shots are 26 to 23 in favor of Quinnipiac after 40 minutes of play, but the Bulldogs are 20 minutes from their first national championship.