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Frozen Four's Finest

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.


Round 1: 2014 Union (N.Y.) vs. 1961 Denver

After stumbling out of the gate with a 3-3-2 record after eight games, the Dutchmen righted the ship en route to a 32-6-4 record, which included the ECAC  regular season and tournament crowns and the 2014 NCAA title.


In its quest for the national title, Union defeated second-seeded Boston College 5-4 in the semifinals and No. 1 seed Minnesota 7-4 in the championship game.


Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player after he registered a +7 in the championship game. He was joined on the all-tournament team by goalie Colin Stevens, defenseman Mat Bodie and forward Daniel Ciampini.


Of its six losses during the year, only one was by more than one goal (two against Colgate) and they were never shut out the entire season. Union also finished the season on a 17-game unbeaten streak (16-0-1).


Offensively, Union had a balanced attack as seven players scored more than 30 points, including Daniel Carr, who had 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists.

The 1961 Pioneers squad had perhaps dominant performance in NCAA tournament history.


Coach Murray Armstrong’s team beat Minnesota 6-1 in the semifinals and Saint Lawrence 12-2 in the championship game. The latter remains the most lopsided NCAA final in history, even though the Saints scored the first goal of the game.


Bill Masterson, who led the team in scoring with 80 points on 24 goals and 56 assists, had a hat trick in the championship game en route to Most Outstanding Player honors.


Masterson was joined on the all-tournament team by  defensemen Marty Howe and Grant Munro as well as fellow forwards Trent Beatty and Jerry Walker.


Denver finished the season with a 30-1-1 record. Its only loss came to Michigan Tech by the score of 3-2.


The Pioneers would get their revenge as they would defeat the Huskies in the other three matchups that season by a combined score of 22-5.

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