Frozen Four's Finest Round 1:
1979 Minnesota vs. 1993 Maine
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 1979 Golden Gophers beat North Dakota 4-3 on March 23, 1979 in Detroit to win the national title.
Minnesota beat Bowling Green 6-3 in a first-round contest before beating New Hampshire 4-3 in the semifinals prior to the matchup with North Dakota.
The Gophers finished 32-11-1 in the final season under legendary coach Herb Brooks, winning all seven of their postseason games to claim WCHA and NCAA titles.
Senior defenseman Bill Baker captained the squad and earned All-American honors after setting what was then a school record for points by a defenseman with 54 (12 goals and 42 assists).
Steve Christoff was the team’s leading scorer with 38 goals and 39 assists for 77 points.
Steve Janaszak, the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finished the season with a 3.23 goals-against average.
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.
Frozen Four's Finest