On This Day In History: NMU Wildcats capture a national title with win over BU


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On this day in history (March, 30th, 1991), the Northern Michigan Hockey team captured their first and only, national championship when they topped the Boston University Terriers in triple-OT, 8-7, in what many call one of the greatest hockey games ever played.

The Wildcats would fall behind 3-0 in the 1st period but would score the next six goals with five of those goals coming in the second.

NMU led 7-4 with eight minutes to play, but Boston would come roaring back tieing the game at 7 with less than a minute to play.

After two overtime periods without the puck finding the back of the net, both teams took the ice exhausted for a third overtime frame.

It would be Darryl Plandowski’s memorable goal off a give-and-go with Mark Beaufait that would seal the deal for the Wildcats, 8-7, in the third overtime. It was plandowski’s third goal of the game and it was the 14th hat trick in a national championship game.

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