The Denver University Pioneers captured the 2004 NCAA Division I hockey championship, edging the University of Maine Black Bears, 1-0, in front of 18,597 at the FleetCenter in Boston. The crowd was the largest to watch a hockey game at the FleetCenter, home of the NHL's Boston Bruins. It was also the third-largest crowd for an NCAA championship game.
For Denver (27-12-5), the championship was their first national title since 1969. The Pioneers won five national titles in a 12-year span in the 1950s and '60s, but none since 1969.
The game was just the third shutout in championship game history, the second involving the Pioneers, who beat North Dakota 4-0 in 1968. Boston University beat Cornell 4-0 in 1972. This was also the fifth consecutive year a Hockey East school faced a Western Collegiate Hockey Association team in the championship game.
In Thursday's national semifinals games, Denver rallied from an early defecit to skate past Minnesota-Duluth, 5-3, before Maine edged Boston College, 2-1, in the nightcap.
Greg Moore (right), who was acquired by the Rangers in the March 6 deal that sent Chris Simon to the Calgary Flames, and the Black Bears fell short of their third career national championship. Maine won titles in 1993 and '99.NCAA FROZEN FOUR
- Boston, Massachusetts (FleetCenter)April 8, 2004 - NCAA Division I Semifinals
Denver 5, Minnesota-Duluth 3
Maine 2, Boston College 1April 10, 2004 - NCAA Division I National Championship
Denver 1, Maine 0
______________________________MOORE HELPS MAINE REACH NCAA FROZEN FOUR
March 28, 2004 - The Frozen Four matchups have been set and feature Boston College vs. Maine and Denver vs. Minnesota-Duluth is college hockey's national semifinals on Thursday, April 8 at the FleetCenter in Boston.
The Rangers, who had 10 of their 13 college prospects participate in the opening rounds of the NCAA tourney are down to only one at the Frozen Four - Maine forward Greg Moore, whose game-winning goal at 15:50 of the third period lifted the Black Bears to a 5-4 East Regional victory over Harvard.
Below is a recap of the NCAA regional matchups. REGIONAL BRACKETS:EAST REGIONAL
- Albany, New York
1 - Maine (30-7-3 / HE champions) - Greg Moore
2 - Ohio State (26-15-0 / CCHA champions) - Nathan Guenin
3 - Wisconsin (21-12-8)
4 - Harvard (18-14-3 / ECAC champions) - Rob Flynn, Dylan ReeseMarch 26, 2004
Maine 5, Harvard 4 - Maine forward Greg Moore broke a 4-4 tie with the game-winning goal at 15:50 of the third period to lift the Black Bears to a 5-4 win over Harvard ... With the win, Maine advances to face Wisconsin on Saturday (6:00 PM ET), with the winner advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four in Boston ... Harvard's Dylan Reese opened the scoring with a power play goal at 17:01 of the first period.
Wisconsin 1, Ohio State 0 (OT) March 27, 2004 - EAST REGIONAL FINALS
Maine 2, Wisconsin 1 (OT)
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 - North Dakota (29-7-3)
2 - Denver (23-12-5)
3 - Miami-Ohio (22-13-4)
4 - Holy Cross (22-9-4 / AHA champions)March 26, 2004
North Dakota 3, Holy Cross 0
Denver 3, Miami-Ohio 2March 27, 2004 - WEST REGIONAL FINALS
Denver 1, North Dakota 0
- Manchester, New Hampshire
1 - Boston College (27-8-4)
2 - Michigan (26-13-2) - Dwight Helminen
3 - New Hampshire (20-14-6) - Nathan Martz
4 - Niagara (21-14-3)March 27, 2004
12:00 PM ET - Boston College 5, Niagara 2
3:30 PM ET - Michigan 4, New Hampshire 1March 28, 2004 - NORTHEAST REGIONAL FINALS
Boston College 3, Michigan 2 (OT)
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 - Minnesota (26-13-3 / WCHA champions) - Jake Taylor
2 - Minnesota-Duluth (26-12-4)
3 - Michigan State (23-16-2) - Lee Falardeau, Corey Potter
4 - Notre Dame (20-14-4) - Mike WalshMarch 27, 2004
12:00 PM ET - Minnesota-Duluth 5, Michigan State 0
3:30 PM ET - Minnesota 5, Notre Dame 2March 28, 2004 - MIDWEST REGIONAL FINALS
Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota 1
* Dartmouth forward Hugh Jessiman, Boston University forward Ken Roche and Colorado College forward Joseph Crabb have concluded their 2003-04 seasons ... Dartmouth suffered a 2-1 loss to Harvard in the ECAC Semifinals on March 19 ... BU was defeated by Maine, 1-0, in the Hockey East Semifinals on March 19 ... Colorado College's season ended with a 4-1 loss to the University of Alaska-Anchorage in WCHA Semifinals action on March 18.RELATED LINKS:Rangers Prospects Compete in NCAA Conference Tournaments (3/21/04) >>Rangers 2003-04 Prospect Scoring >>