Colorado College's hockey team lit the lamp so many times during the 1950 Frozen Four, they nearly burned out the bulb.
The Tigers won their first NCAA hockey championship with a 23-goal barrage in two games, including a 13-4 victory against Boston University on March 18, 1950 — the sports moment judged the greatest in Colorado College history.
“A lot of us were from the Boston area so it was good to send those guys back home with their tails between their legs,” Bill MacDonald told the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2010. “People back home were stunned. ‘You lost to Colorado College? Where’s that?’ The titles (1950 and 1957) put Colorado College and Colorado Springs on the map.”
The Tigers demolished Boston College 10-3 in the semifinals then closed out BU with 10 goals in the third period of the championship game at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, the Tigers' home ice.
MacDonald, who died in 2012, recorded a goal and three assists in the two games, setting up tallies by Tony Frasca and Cam Berry 15 seconds apart.
“(The third period) was all just a blur,” Ron Hartwell, who set a school record with 112 career goals in only three years, told the Gazette. “We were all hyped up.”
Milo “Mike” Yalich, who died in 2010, was the captain.
Frasca was named to the all-tournament team, along with defenseman Jim Starrak. Frasca coached the Tigers in 1960-63.
Harry Whitworth was the team's leading scorer with 60 points.
"I guess it didn't matter who we played," goalie Clark Wilder told the Gazette.
Ironically, the other team's goalie — BU's Ralph Bevins — was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, which USCHO explained in 2012.
Cheddy Thompson was the Tigers' head coach, taking over in 1945 after going to Colorado Springs on assignment by the Air Force during World War II.
In his decade behind the bench, the Tigers went 149-72-6 (.670) with six NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Tigers missed the tournament for two consecutive years before returning in 1955, losing to Michigan 5-3 in the championship game. Thompson resigned after the season.
The Tigers won their second national championship in 1957, beating Michigan 13-6 with Tom Bedecki behind the bench.
CC didn't return to the NCAA Tournament until 1978 and the championship game until 1996, losing to Michigan 3-2 in overtime.
But the accomplishments of the 1950 championship team remain frozen in time. More than 65 years later, their 23 goals in two games, 13 goals in one game (twice) and 10 goals in one period remain Frozen Four records.
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Above: Colorado College's 1950 NCAA champions. (Courtesy Colorado College Archives)
Middle: Ron Hartwell, left and Tony Frasca still rank among Colorado College's all-time scoring leaders. Both averaged more than two points per game during their CC careers. (Courtesy Colorado College Archives)
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