We preview the ECAC men's hockey tournament series vs. Yale

 Quinnipiac vs. Yale on Feb. 9 in New Haven, (Photo by Steve Musco/Yale Athletics)

Quinnipiac vs. Yale on Feb. 9 in New Haven, (Photo by Steve Musco/Yale Athletics)

By Cliff Nadel

The ninth-seeded Quinnipiac University men's hockey team will make the short trip down Whitney Avenue to New Haven to face its rival, No. 8 seed Yale, at 7 p.m., Friday night at Ingalls Rink.

It is the first game of a best-of-three series in the first round of the East Coast Athletic Conference men’s hockey championship tournament. 

Quinnipiac (14-16-4) faces the Bulldogs (15-13-1) for the third time this season. The Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs, 3-0, in their first meeting this season in November. Yale earned a 3-2 victory over the Bobcats in the second contest between the two on Feb. 9.

The last time Quinnipiac and Yale faced off in the postseason was in the 2013 NCAA national championship game in Pittsburgh, where the Bulldogs won, 4-0. 

The Bobcats hold a 17-7-5 advantage all-time over Yale, and are 16-2 in ECAC first-round games having never lost an opening series.

You can watch game one here, or listen to the game here.