North Dakota men's hockey national champions: 1962-63
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 08/13/2010
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FRONT ROW (L to R): Dudley Otto, Bill Selman, Dan Storsteen, Maurice Roberge, George Goodacre, Dave Merrifield, George Baland;  MIDDLE ROW: Head Coach Barry Thorndycraft, Bob Bartlett, Jack Matheson, Bill Borlase, John Sutherland, George Chigol, Peter Stasiuk, Joe Lech; BACK ROW: Asst. Coach Bob Peters, Alan McLean, Ernie Dyda, Don Ross, Arnie Steeves, Will Stirrett, Wayne Gurba, Don Stokaluk, Mngr. Murray Olson.

Denver vs. North Dakota
March 16, 1963
NCAA Championship
McHugh Forum, Boston, Mass. (4,200)

Scoring 1 2 3 OT F
Denver 2 2 1
North Dakota 5 1
0 -

1st Period- UND: Don Stokaluk (Dave Merrifield, Bob Bartlett) 1:57; UND: Al McLean (John Sutherland, Bob Bartlett) 3:11; UND: Ernie Dyda (Jack Matheson, Dave Merrifield) 7:25; DU: Greg Lacomy (Jim Kenning, Dominic Fragomeni) 12:55; DU: Bob Hamill (Jack Wilson, Jon Art) 13:13; UND: Don Stokaluk (Maurice Roberge) 14:20; UND: Jack Matheson (Don Ross) 15:14

2nd Period- UND: Al McLean (unassisted) 5:01; DU: Greg Lacomy (Jack Wilson, Marshall Johnston) 7:05; DU: Bob Hamill (Bill Staub) 13:09

3rd Period- DU: Bob Hamill (Doug Kowel, Lawrence John) 13:19

Penalties- UND 5-10; DU 3-6

Shots- UND 15-15-9--39; DU 7-8-2--17

Saves- UND Lech 5-6-1--12; DU Unis 10-14-9--33

  • Just four years after winning its first championship, UND put its second championship in the Fighting Sioux record book.
  • Avenging the loss to Denver in the title game in 1958, the Soux defeated the Pioneers in the 1963 Championship by a 6-5 score.
  • UND had three first team All-Americans: defenseman Don Ross, Roseau, Minn., forward Al McLean, New Westminster, B.C., and forward Dave Merrifield, Thunder Bay, Ont. It would be the most first-team selections until it was equalled in 1987.
  • McLean was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
  • On the all-tournament team were George Goodacre, Red Deer, Alberta., Ross, McLean, Merrifield, and Don Stokaluk, F, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Ross, Merrifield, McLean, and Joe Lech, Glen Bain, Saskatchewan, were named All-WCHA.
  • Head coach Barry Thorndycraft, in the third of his four-year coaching career at UND won his only NCAA title in 1963. Thorndycraft finished his coaching career at UND with a 71-65-8 (.521) mark from 1959-64.
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