No program in U.S. college hockey has won as many national titles as the nine by the University of Michigan, though Denver and North Dakota are breathing down the Wolverines’ necks. And no Michigan team has won a title since 1998, when a freshman by the name of Scott Matzka jumped on a loose puck in the offensive zone and got it to Chris Fox, who pivoted behind the net and passed to Josh Langfeld, who managed to squeeze the puck through an impossibly small hole between Scott Clemmensen’s skate and the right post at 17:51 of overtime. Hail to the Victors indeed. That team had 11 freshmen on it. They were replacing the most illustrious graduating class in school history, and nobody expected them to do much of anything. But they kept grinding away – all the way to overtime of the Frozen Four ...
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