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2018 NCAA Regional Big Hit for Bulldogs

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WBA Shines in Partnership with Yale, Fairfield



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Yale Athletics Department played a large role in a highly successful Division I NCAA Regional event last weekend at Webster Bank Arena (WBA). Nearly 11,000 fans at the 2018 NCAA Men's Hockey East Regional saw three one-goal games and a finale that was decided with 27 seconds left in the third period.

Notre Dame, the top seed in the region, came out on top in the regional that included schools from four different conferences. The Fighting Irish move on to the 2018 Frozen Four at St. Paul, Minn., next week.

The Yale hockey team, which has competed in two Bridgeport Regionals, would have loved to have been competing last weekend on the WBA ice. The building shined from every angle as the Irish, Providence, Clarkson and Michigan Tech experienced a classic tournament showcase that they all raved about during their visit.

Yale, co-hosting with Fairfield University for the fifth time, provided, athletic training, equipment services, doctors, laundry, skate repair, video and media services along with statistics while working with ESPN to provide TV coverage.

The weekend included a Fan Fest, replete with the giant, inflatable Yale Bulldog, and some hockey related activities for kids of all ages. This was just one of the many benefits associated with the two host schools partnering with WBA.

The weather forecast early in the week of the tournament forced Yale to adapt and accommodate two teams arriving earlier than expected. Notre Dame and Michigan Tech needed a place to practice on Wednesday, and Ingalls Rink at Yale turned out to be the perfect place for their preparation. Both programs really enjoyed seeing the historic hockey arena and the Yale campus.

The 3-game tournament known as the regional required hours of preparation for many members of the YUAD staff, but everyone enjoyed being part of a smooth-running show that garnered positive feedback from each participant and the many volunteers from schools around the region who helped with the operation.