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Wilson Family Excited For Second Frozen Four

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It's been an NCAA tournament full of upsets, and the Yale Bulldogs pulled the first one with an overtime win over #1 seed Minnesota. Right in the thick of it was Pittsford's own Stu Wilson.

"It's unbelievable, especially for it to happen so fast into the overtime. We were just getting settled on the bench and started celebrating right away," he said.

The next day, Yale turned that upset win into a Cinderella run, topping North Dakota by a 4-1 count to earn the school's first trip to the Frozen Four since 1952. Wilson had an ever-important third period tally that gave the Bulldogs a two-goal lead and allowed coach Keith Allain's aggressive system to go into shutdown mode.

Proudly watching from the stands was Stu's father, RIT coach Wayne Wilson.

"Being in one of these regionals that I had brought him to as a young kid, he just can't believe he's in that situation," said Wayne. "And now in his first year, going to a Frozen Four, all I'm telling him is 'just enjoy it, because you never know if you're going to get back there ever again.'"

It's a situation and an experience the coach knows himself from leading RIT to the 2010 Frozen Four.

"What's going on on their campus happened here at RIT, so it's bringing back a lot of good memories for me, to be quite honest with you. My son is going through an experience that I had a chance to go through, and it seems like I'm going through it a second time - although not with RIT. I wish we were going through it again. I'd love to be playing Yale."

But it's Yale against UMass-Lowell, and Wilson's a big reason why. What a transition to college hockey: nine goals and 17 points in 35 games as a freshman. It has a heavily traditional program alive at the pinnacle of the college hockey season.

"I'm really learning. I'm a freshman. It's kind of been a whirlwind, really. I've been to a lot of regionals, watching my dad's team and stuff like that, and now, to finally be in one, it's a really interesting experience," Stu said.

An experience that becomes all the more on Thursday in the national semi-finals; just two wins away from Yale's first national title in school history.

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