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Wolverines
win NCAA
title in 3-2
OT thriller
By Pranay Reddy
Daily Sports Writer
BOSTON With Michigan and
Boston College about to head into
overtime in Saturday's NCAA cham-
pionship game, Michigan assistant
coach Mel Pearson approached the
dry-erase board in the FleetCenter
lockerroom and scrawled two words
- deji vu.
Pearson was referring to the 1996
title game, in which an overtime goal
gave the Wolverines the national cham-
pionship and a 3-2 victory over
Colorado College.
A short while later, Michigan for-
ward Josh Langfeld went out and ful:
filled Pearson's prophecy, scoring a
goal with 2:09 left in overtime to give
the Wolverines another 3-2 victory and
their ninth NCAA championship in
school history.
D6ja vu - all over again.
"When we finally won it (in 1996) it
was a monkey off everyone's back at
Michigan," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "This game, we should-
n't have been here, we shouldn't have
won - yet we did. And its an even
greater feeling."
Langfeld's goal was set up by a
pass from Michigan defenseman
Chris Fox, who sent the puck from
the left corner of the rink. Langfeld
then wristed a low shot that slipped
by Boston College goaltender Scott
Clemmensen. But it almost never
happened.
The Eagles, who ended the season
27-9-5, almost scored on several occa-
sions during overtime, firing shots off
the crossbar and the left post during the
sudden death period.
"If a few bounces would have gone
our way it would have been a different
game" Boston College forward Marty
Reasoner said. "Sometimes you don't
get those bounces."
Although the victory was eerily
reminiscent of Michigan's champi-
onship victory in 1996, this group of
national champions has an identity
all its own.
While the 1996 team was led by
seasoned veterans, this season's
Michigan hockey team, which went
34-11-1, was best defined by youth-
ful exuberance -- and on Saturday
night, it showed.
Michigan's three goals were scored
by freshmen - on a night when
seniors such as captain Matt Herr and
assistant captain Bill Muckalt were
bottled up by a stingy Boston College
defense.
"This team is something special,"
Herr said. "This was a total team effort.
Billy and I didn't score a goal tonight
- everybody else did. That's what
wins championships - great team-
work:"
On Saturday night, it was a combi-
nation of strong play by Michigan's
freshmen forwards, such as Mark
Kosick (2 goals) and Langfeld, as
well as superb goaltending by senior
Marty Turco, that pushed the
Wolverines to victory.
See CHAMPS, Page 8A

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michigan goaltender Marty Turco celebrates the Wolverines' national championship at the FleetCenter on Saturday night. The 3-2 overtime victory gave Michigan its second NCAA hockey title in three years.

Fans crowd A2 streets, fill Boston bars

Erin Holmes,
ie Plona
and Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporters
Whether they were running through the streets of
Ann Arbor or dining on lobster and champagne in
Boston on Saturday night, Michigan fans celebrated

horns blared and shouts resounded from fraternities,
residence halls and bars alike.
"We're going nuts! We're all going nuts!" screamed
University alumnus Rob Pollock, a hockey season
ticket holder, as he hoisted a pitcher of beer into the air
and toasted his friends. "This is the best final that's
ever been played," Pollock said.

hockey team's victory in Ann Arbor, some die-hard
fans traveled to Boston for the championship game.
Michigan enthusiasts were largely outnumbered
by Boston College fans in Boston's FleetCenter, but
their awe-filled voices rose to the rafters after
Michigan forward Josh Langfeld scored the game-
winning goal in overtime to squeak out a victory
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Inside:
Pep rally honors
hockey team's
accomplishments.
Page 82
A special four-page
wraparound section
m SportsMonday
commemorates
Michigan's latest title.

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