North Dakota men's hockey national champions: 1958-59
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 08/05/2010
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FRONT ROW (L to R): Asst. Mngr. Tom Neal, George Gratton, Bob Began, Joe Poole, Bill Steenson, Julian Brunetta, Stan Paschke, Bob Peabody, Mngr. Ted Kotyk; MIDDLE ROW: Ron King, Bart Larson, Ralph Lyndon, Jerry Fox, Garth Perry, Guy LaFrance, Art Miller; BACK ROW: Head Coach Bob May, Bernie Haley, Pete Gazley, Ken Wellen, Steve Thullner, Les Merrifield, Ed Thomlinson, Reg Morelli, Asst. Coach Barry Thorndycraft.

Michigan State vs. North Dakota
March 14, 1959
NCAA Championship
RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, N.Y. (6,000)

Scoring 1 2 3 OT F
Michigan State 1 0 2 0 3
North Dakota 0 3 0 1 4

1st Period - MSU: Ed Pollesel (Thomas Mustonen, Andre LaCoste) 14:38

2nd Period - UND: Ralph Lyndon (Reg Morelli, Art Miller) 7:21; UND: Gerry Walford (Ron King, Bernard Haley) 8:57; UND: Stan Paschke (Ralph Lyndon) 9:37

3rd Period - MSU: Andre LaCoste (Jack Roberts, Bob Norman) 8:05; MSU Jack Roberts (Andre LaCoste) 16:20

Overtime - UND: Reg Morelli (Art Miller, Guy LaFrance) 4:18

Penalties - UND 7-14; MSU 7-14

Shots - UND 5-17-7-1--30; MSU 6-4-13-1--24

Saves - UND Gratton 5-4-11-1--21; MSU Selinger 5-14-7-0--26

  • The 1959 NCAA Championship win against Michigan State played at the RPI Fieldhouse in Troy, N.Y., became the first national hockey title for the Fighting Sioux. North Dakota was in the title game the year before, losing 6-2 to Denver in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Bill Steenson, defenseman from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was a captain on the 1959 NCAA Championship team. Steenson was named an All-America player for the third time, 1957, 1958 and 1959.
  • Steenson was also a NCAA All-Tournament team selection in 1958.
  • Forward Reg Morelli, Hamilton, Ontario, was named the 1959 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
  • Morelli and Ed Thomlinson, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, were named to the 1959 NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team. Forward Joe Poole, Thief River Falls, Minn., and defenseman Ralph Lyndon, Winnipeg, Manitoba, were named to the second team.
  • The Western Collegiate Hockey Association did not select an All-WCHA team in 1958-59.
  • North Dakota had played Michigan State five times during the 1958-59 season with UND holding the edge, 3-2-0.
  • The final three games of the 1959 Championships were all decided by scores of 4-3 and two of the three games went to overtime.
  • UND head coach Bob May coached for just two years, 1957-59, and won a national championship and placed second. May had a coaching record of 44-17-2 (.714).
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