Which team is the greatest in the history of the Frozen Four? We’re giving you a chance to help decide.
We started with 16 teams. Now, after nearly three weeks of matchups, we’re down to two. Who’s the best team in the history of college hockey? Is it the 2009 BU Terriers or the 1993 Maine Black Bears? Read the arguments for each below, then give us your choice.
The 2009 Terriers posted a 35-6-4 record in sweeping the Beanpot, Hockey East regular season and postseason as well as the NCAA championship.
The national title game was one of the most memorable in NCAA history as BU rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a minute to go in regulation against Miami (Ohio), including a game-tying goal with 17 seconds remaining.
Colby Cohen scored the game-winner at the 11:47 mark of overtime.
The team, which set the school record for wins, was led by Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy who posted 37 points.
Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan was named the national rookie of the year after posting a 29-2-3 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.
Down the stretch, Coach Jack Parker’s team was nearly unbeatable, going 21-1-3 in its final 25 games.
The 1993 Black Bears finished the season with a 42-1-2 record after coming from behind to beat Lake Superior State in the national championship game 5-4.
Offensively, Maine was led by freshman phenom Paul Kariya, who would win the Hobey Baker Award after scoring 100 points on 25 goals and 75 assists.
Kariya was joined on that juggernaut by senior sensation Jim Montgomery, who finished his career with 301 points on 103 goals and 198 assists.
Defensively, Maine had a stellar goaltending duo of Garth Snow and Mike Dunham, both of whom had lengthy NHL careers.
The Black Bears, coached by Shawn Walsh, won the Hockey East regular-season and tournament crowns.
The only loss of the year came in overtime, 7-6 at the hands of Boston U., but Maine was 4-1 against the Terriers that year.
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