By: Keith Kountz, News 8
(WTNH) — A lot of people are already dubbing it the ‘Whitney Avenue War.’ The hockey teams of Yale and Quinnipiac will square off in Pittsburgh Saturday night for the National Championship.
At Quinniapic and down the road at Yale students are showing school pride, now that just one game will decide who’s the top team in college hockey.
“We’re gonna win it, we’re gonna go hard, we’re gonna rage, we’re going to have a great time,” said QU student Matt Goldblatt.
“I think it’s awesome, I go to other sports games and the hockey is probably the biggest spirit sport here,” said Yale student Anna Keusch, “the games are intense so I think it’s incredible.”
And intense is a good way to describe how both teams made their way to the championship game.
QU knocking out St. Cloud State in the semis, and Yale going to overtime to send U-Mass Lowell packing.
Students on both local campuses are planning parties Saturday night to cheer on their teams.
“I mean gotta step up now, it’s one of the biggest rivalry we got and you know leave it all on the table, go big or go home,” said QU student Joseph Skryzepek, “but we’re gonna win it, we’re going to win it.”
Yale students are even being urged to support their bulldogs from the very top.
“Everyone involved, we got an e-mail from the President today to have school spirit and everything,” said Yale student Lauren Hollingsworth, “it’s really exciting.”
That’s Yale’s president she’s referring to, not President Obama in Washington.
And perhaps best of all when the final horn sounds Saturday night one legion of fans, in Hamden or New Haven, will be doing a whole lot of bragging.
“I think that Yale’s probably going to give us all they got,” said QU student Brittany McQuinn, “but you know in the end we’re going to pull this out because we want it a lot more.”