1973 NCAA championship team returns this weekend for 40th anniversary

<b>Badger fans celebrate a trip to the Frozen Four</b>

Badger fans celebrate a trip to the Frozen Four

Jan. 23, 2013

MADISON, Wis. –- They were pioneers in setting the path for the Wisconsin men’s hockey program by reaching the pinnacle of the college hockey world. This Friday, members of Wisconsin’s 1973 NCAA championship team return to Madison to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their triumph. The team brought home the first of what is now six NCAA men's ice hockey championships.

Names like team captain Tim Dool, tournament MVP Dean Talafous, Olympians John Taft, Bob Lundeen and Steve Alley, and others are expected back at the Kohl Center this weekend. The returning members of the team and its staff will be introduced on the ice during the first intermission of this Friday’s game against Alaska Anchorage.

The 1973 team played in one of the most memorable games in Wisconsin hockey history against Cornell in the NCAA semifinals on March 16, 1973 at Boston Garden. The Bob Johnson-led Badgers trailed 4-0 early in the second period and 5-2 early in the third period, but scored the final four goals of the game to grab a 6-5 overtime victory. Talafous scored the tying goal with five seconds left in regulation, then another with 33 seconds left in overtime, to claim the victory. The team then fell behind the next night against Denver in the national championship game, but scored the final three goals for the 4-2 victory. It was Talafous again who scored the game-winning goal.

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