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NCAA.com | September 1, 2014

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.

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Round 1: 1985 Rensselaer vs. 1956 Michigan

The 1985 Engineers put together one of the most impressive seasons in Men's Hockey history on its way to winning the national championship.

 

RPI finished the year 35-2-1. The last of those wins a 2-1 victory against Providence in the title game. After starting the season 3-2, coach Mike Addesa’s squad finished the season on a 33-game unbeaten streak.

 

The team was led by future Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates, who compiled 91 points on 31 goals and 60 assists on his way to becoming a finalist for the Hobey Baker and a first team All-American.

 

The team averaged more than six goals per game as nine players scored more than 30 points during the season, including John Carter, who led the team with 43 goals.

 

Daren Puppa, who would go on to a 15-year NHL career, had a 30-1-1 record in the net to go along with his 2.56 goals against average.

Vic Heyliger’s 1956 Michigan squad put together a dominating season, winning 18 of 21 games.

 

In spite of two losses, the Wolverines were able to avenge defeats to both North Dakota and Colorado College. Also, of the 18 wins, just three were by one goal. The Wolverines outscored opponents by an average of more than two to one.

 

In the NCAA tournament, Michigan beat Saint Lawrence 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals and Michigan Tech 7-5 in the championship game.

 

Wolverine goalie Lorne Howes registered 46 saves in the final to earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.

 

Also earning nods on the all-tournament team were defensemen Bob Pitts and Bob Schiller and forwards Tom Rendall and Ed Switzer. The Wolverines' captain, Bill MacFarland, was the team’s leading scorer that season with 47 points on 19 goals and 28 assists.

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