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1996-97 NCAA Champions -- UND Fighting Sioux

FRONT ROW: Aaron Vickar, Mark Pivetz, Dane Litke, Assistant Coach Mark Osiecki, Head Coach Dean Blais, Assistant Coach Scott Sandelin, Kevin Hoogsteen, Ian Kallay, Mitch Vig, Toby Kvalevog; MIDDLE ROW: Aaron Schweitzer, Matt Henderson, Jay Panzer, Jesse Bull, Jeff Ulmer, Tyler Rice, Adam Calder, Jason Blake, Jason Ulmer, Curtis Murphy, Tom Philion; BACK ROW: Athletic Trainer Mark Poolman, Brad Williamson, Lee Goren, Brad DeFauw, Tim O'Connell, Joe Blake, Peter Armbrust, David Hoogsteen, Equipment Manager Mike Schepp

Boston University vs. North Dakota
March 29, 1997
NCAA Championship
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI (17,537)

1st Period
BU-1: Peter Donatelli (Tom Poti) 8:44
BU-2: Chris Drury (Tom Poti, Albla O'Connell) 15:08 ppg
2nd Period
UND-1: Curtis Murphy (Ja Panzer, Matt Henersen) 7:06
UND-2: David Hoogsteen (unassisted) 8:38
UND-3: Matt Hendersen (unassisted) 12:35 sh
BU-3: Chris Kelleher (unassisted) 13:56 ppg
UND-4: Matt Hendersen (Adam Calder, Dane Litke) 15:49 ppg
UND-5: David Hoogsteen (Curtis Murphy) 19:54
3rd Period
BU-4: Jon Coleman (Chris Kelleher, Miky Sylvia) 19:24
UND-6: Adam Calder (unassisted) 19:47 sh

Penalties: UND 6-12; BU 5-10
Shots: UND 10-16-4--30; BU 11-10-8--29
Saves: UND Schweitzer 9-9-7--25/60:00; BU Larocque 10-11-3--24/58:28

1996-97 Season Notes

  • In his seocnd season as head coach, Dean Blais took the Sioux to their sixth NCAA title.
  • The Milwaukee site was the closest to Grand Forks that the Sioux had ever won a national championship
  • UND's recovery from an 0-2 deficit was its second ever come-from-behind championship, and the largest. In UND's first championship in 1959, Michigan State opened with a 1-0 lead before UND caught up in the 2nd.
  • UND's two short-handed goals were UND's first ever in an NCAA Championship game
  • UND's 5 goals in the second period tied the school's record of 5 goals in the first period of the 1963 championship
  • Matt Hendersen, White Bear Like, Minn, was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament

1996-97: The road to victory
North Dakota 6 North Dakota 6 North Dakota
NCAA Champion
Colorado College 2
Boston University 3 Michigan 2
Boston University 4
Oct. 18/Oct. 19 Denver
W 3-2 (ot)/W 6-2
Oct. 25/Oct. 26 at Michigan Tech
W 7-3/W 4-3
Nov. 01/Nov. 02 Northern Michigan
W 3-2/W 5-0
Nov. 08/Nov. 09 at Minnesota
L 2-3/L 6-10
Nov. 15/Nov. 16 St Cloud St
L 2-5/W 5-3
Nov. 22/Nov. 23 at Alaska Anchorage
L 2-3/W 5-3
Nov. 29/Nov. 30 at Minnesota-Duluth
W 8-4/W 4-3
Dec. 06/Dec. 07 Colorado College
T 5-5 (ot)/W 7-3
Dec. 27/Dec. 28 Boston University
W 6-4/T 2-2 (ot)
Jan. 03/Jan. 04 at Western Michigan
W 6-3/W 5-3
Jan. 10/Jan. 11 at St Cloud St
L 3-5/W 6-1
Jan. 17/Jan. 18 Wisconsin
L 2-5/W 8-6
Jan. 25/Jan. 26 at Colorado College
W 3-0/L 3-8
Jan. 31/Feb. 01 Minnesota
W 6-4/W 6-2
Feb. 07/Feb. 08 Michigan Tech
W 4-2/W 7-2
Feb. 14/Feb. 15 at Northern Michigan
L 1-2/W 5-3
Feb. 21/Feb. 22 Alaska Anchorage
W 2-0/W 4-0
Feb. 28/Mar. 01 at Denver
L 3-6/L 0-5
Mar. 07/Mar. 08 Michigan Tech
WCHA First Round Playoffs
W 4-1/W 3-0
Mar. 14 at Colorado College
WCHA Final Five
W 5-1
Mar. 15 at Minnesota
WCHA Final Five
W 4-3 (ot)
Mar. 23 at Cornell
NCAA West Regional
W 6-2
Mar. 27 at Colorado College
NCAA Semifinal
W 6-2
Mar. 29 at Boston University
NCAA Championship
W 6-4

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