2013 Frozen Four: Yale dominates HF’s All-Frozen Four squad

By Ian Altenbaugh

2013 Hockey's Future All-Frozen Four Team

Photo: Quinnipiac's Jordan Samuels-Thomas (C) had this first period opportunity in the national championship game, but Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm (L) was equal to the task as defenseman Mitch Witek (R) looks on. All three players were named to HF's All-Frozen Four Team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 2013 Frozen Four featured many spectacular individual performances, with several players achieving career milestones. Below is the Hockey’s Future All-Frozen Four Team. All six players were selected based not only on their individual play, but on how their play contributed to their team’s success.

Forwards

Andrew Miller – Yale

The Yale captain scored the game-winning overtime goal in the semi-final game against UMass Lowell, sending the Bulldogs to their first-ever appearance in a National Championship game. Miller also figured into Yale’s first goal of the semi-final game, assisting on a slapshot from defenseman Mitch Witek. The 24-year-old saved some magic for the championship game, when at the 9:06 mark into the third period, he put Yale up 3-0, securing their first ever NCAA Championship. For good measure, Miller would also assist on Jesse Root’s empty net goal at the end of the game, giving him two goals, two assists, and nine shots in the tournament. His four points were the most by any player at the event. A senior, Miller finished his career at Yale as the school’s all-time leader in assists with 114 in 141 games.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas – Quinnipiac

Though Samuel-Thomas was not able to get on the scoresheet for the Bobcats in the championship game, he was indispensable for Quinnipiac in the semi-final match, scoring the opening goal and assisting on the second marker. In both games, the towering, 6’4” power forward was absolutely dominant down low, around the net, and along the boards, using his giant frame and long reach to protect the puck and create chances for his linemates. Through two games, Samuels-Thomas posted a goal, an assist, nine shots, and a plus-one rating.

Clinton Bourbonais – Yale

Bourbonais scored the only goal Yale would need to win the national championship. With 3.5 seconds remaining in the second period, Barbonais managed to deflect a point shot from defenseman Gus Young, slipping the puck between Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell’s legs. The 23-year-old junior also figured into Yale’s second goal, providing forward Charles Orzetti with a cross-ice pass at the 3:30 mark of the third period. Bourbonais posted a goal, an assist, and seven shots in two games, and was a key part of Yale’s high-octane offense.

Defense

Mitch Witek – Yale

Witek picked a fantastic time to score the first goal of his career. He opened the scoring in the semi-final game against UMass-Lowell, launching a shot from the point past goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Witek also helped shut down the River Hawks top scoring line. Known as a stay-at-home defenseman, the 21-year-old freshman provided a physical shutdown presence for Yale in the championship game, and was a key penalty-killer for a Yale team that took five minor penalties, including a five-on-three midway through the second period.

Gus Young – Yale

Young was Yale’s top defenseman in the championship game, registering three shots and assisting on the Bourbonais championship-winning goal. Young was a major factor in Yale’s transition game, providing a steady supply of shots from the point and a solid offensive presence from the blue line. Paired with Rob O’Gara for much of the two games, Young was also frequently matched against the opposing team’s top line and acquitted himself well. He and O’Gara each finished with a +4 rating, best among any player in the Frozen Four.

Goalie

Jeff Malcolm – Yale

In a Frozen Four filled with amazing goaltending performances, Jeff Malcolm’s shutout in the championship game was the best. Malcolm was arguably the most important player for Yale. He faced a combined 54 shots in both games, and allowed only two goals in over 126 minutes of play. He was a stabilizing force for Yale in the championship game, where he faced a total of 78 shots attempted and made 36 saves. The senior goaltender celebrated his 24th birthday on the day of the championship game.

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