1959 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1959 NCAA Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 4
Finals Site
Champions North Dakota Fighting Sioux (1st title)
Runner-Up Michigan State Spartans (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Bob May (1st title)
MOP Reg Morelli North Dakota

The 1959 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1958–59 NCAA men's ice hockey season, the 12th such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 12 and 14, 1959, and concluded with North Dakota defeating Michigan State 4-3 in overtime. All games were played at the RPI Field House in Troy, New York.

This was the last tournament to be won by an independent school. (as of 2016)

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The Big Ten and Tri-State League champions received bids into the tournament as did two independent schools.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 St. Lawrence Tri-State League 14–5–1 At-Large 4th 1956 1 Michigan State Big Ten 16–5–1 At-Large 1st Never
2 Boston College Independent 19–7–0 At-Large 6th 1956 2 North Dakota Independent 18–10–1 At-Large 2nd 1958

Format[edit]

The Tri-State League champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the Big Ten champion was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. All games were played at the RPI Field House. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2][edit]

  Semifinals
March 12–13
National Championship
March 14
                     
E1 St. Lawrence 3  
W2 North Dakota 4*  
  W2 North Dakota 4*  
  W1 Michigan State 3  
W1 Michigan State 4
E2 Boston College 3     Third Place Game
  E1 St. Lawrence 6
  E2 Boston College 7**

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Semifinals[edit]

St. Lawrence vs. North Dakota[edit]


Michigan State vs. Boston College[edit]


Consolation Game[edit]

St. Lawrence vs. Boston College[edit]


National Championship[edit]

Michigan State vs. North Dakota[edit]


Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MSU Ed Pollesel Mustonen and LaCoste 14:38 1–0 MSU
2nd UND Ralph Lyndon Morelli and Miller 7:21 1–1
UND Gerry Walford King and Haley 8:57 2–1 UND
UND Stan Paschke Lyndon 9:37 3–1 UND
3rd MSU Andre LaCoste Roberts and Norman 8:05 3–2 UND
MSU Jack Roberts LaCoste 16:20 3–3
1st Overtime UND Reg MorelliGW Miller and LaFrance 4:18 4–3 UND

All-Tournament Team[4][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "North Dakota 2015-16 Hockey Yearbook" (PDF). North Dakota. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17.