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I went .500 in my picks for the semifinals. I will take that.

Tonight, we know that a national champion from the ECAC will be crowned and I am happy for that league, its members, its teams.

Tonight, we also know that hearts will be broken. The older I get and the longer I cover this sport, the more aware I am of how much the loss affects the young men of the national runner-up team.

In the long term, we all know the good an appearance in the Frozen Four can be for the future of a hockey program, even for the three teams that go home without a trophy.

The game

The champion will be the team that imposes its will on its opponent. If the Bulldogs can continue to frustrate and clog and box out and provide that team-wide solid wall, Yale will win. If the Bobcats can fly as they have all season, the Quinnipiac will win.

You know that old adage that speed kills? That’s what I’m thinking.

Quinnipiac over Yale, 4-2