Final Four's Finest Round 1:
'87 North Dakota vs. '65 Michigan Tech
Which team is the greatest in the history of the Frozen Four? We're giving you a chance to help decide.
Each weekday through Oct. 3, we'll present you with a matchup from our bracket. You decide which team moves on to the next round. After the final matchup on Oct. 3, we'll have your choice for the greatest team in the history of the Frozen Four.
The 1987 North Dakota squad won an NCAA-record 40 games en route to the national title.
Coach Gino Gasparini’s team won 24 of its final 26 games, including a 5-3 victory against Michigan State in the championship game.
Tony Hrkac had perhaps the greatest individual season in NCAA history with an NCAA-record 116 points (46 goals and 70 assists), a mark which stands to this day. Hrkac was so dominant in winning the Hobey Baker Award winner as well as the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player that the team came to be known as the "Hrkac Circus."
Bob Joyce was also an offensive juggernaut; he scored a school-record 52 goals. Defensively, Ian Kidd had an outstanding season, earning All-America honors as well as earning a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament team.
Freshman phenom Ed Belfour compiled a 19-3 record between the pipes before embarking on what would turn into a 13-year NHL career and ultimately a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Huskies posted two dominating victories en route to the 1965 NCAA crown with a 4-0 victory against Brown in the semifinals and a 8-2 blowout of Boston College in the national title game.
The 4-0 win in the semis was the first shutout in the history of the NCAA tournament.
Forward Gary Milroy was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after registering two goals and two assists in the championship game.
He was joined on the all-tournament team by Wayne Weller, defensemen Pete Leiman and Dennis Huculak and Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Tony Esposito.
Coached by John MacInnes, the squad posted a 24-5-2 record and claimed the WCHA championship en route to the Huskies’ second national championship.
Weller led the team during the season in scoring with 45 points on 26 goals and 19 assists.
Frozen Four's Finest