1972–73 Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey season
The 1972–73 Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in college ice hockey. In its seventh year under head coach Bob Johnson, the team compiled a 29–9–2 record (18–9–1 against Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) opponents) and outscored all opponents 217 to 139. The Badgers received one of the WCHA's automatic bids to the 1973 NCAA University Division Men's Ice Hockey Tournament by winning the 1973 WCHA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. They defeated the Cornell Big Red in the Frozen Four semifinals and then beat WCHA-rival Denver Pioneers 4–2 to win their first national championship in Boston, Massachusetts.
|1972–73 Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey season|
Big Ten, Champion
WCHA Tournament, co-Champion
NCAA Tournament, Champion
|Conference||1st (tied) Big Ten|
3rd (tied) WCHA
|Home ice||Dane County Coliseum|
|Overall||29–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Coaches and Captains|
|Head Coach||Bob Johnson|
|Assistant Coaches||Bill Rothwell|
|Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey seasons|
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Forward Dean Talafous was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. He had the winning goal in both of Wisconsin's victories as well as a tying score in the waning moments of the Badgers' semifinal match.
Coming off of a then-season-best 27 wins, and second NCAA tournament appearance in three years, Wisconsin was looking to take the final step towards winning a National Championship. After losing to a dismal Colorado College team in their first game, Bob Johnson's Badgers went on an eleven-game tear and announced themselves as early-season contenders. In hindsight their 11-1 record was a bit misleading due to having faced CC and Michigan (the two worst WCHA teams) four times each as well as a series against 15th-place Colgate, going 9-1 in those games. Once Wisconsin began to face difficult opponents their record came back to earth. While their overall mark dipped as the season wore on, Wisconsin's home record remained in the stratosphere, not dropping a single match at the Dane County Coliseum until March and finishing with an astounding 17-1 record at home.
Key to the Badgers' success was a very evenly distributed offense. While none of Wisconsin's players finished anywhere near the top of the NCAA leaderboard, the team produced five 20-goal scorers and a further five 10-goal scorers, a feat some NHL teams struggle to achieve in twice as many games. The balanced Badger attack kept Wisconsin alive as they slowly dipped in the standings especially with their trouble on the road. After Minnesota ended Wisconsin's winning streak the Badgers won the St. Louis Invitational Tournament over the Christmas break but split the next two true away series. Starting with a loss to Michigan State on January 13th the Badgers dropped the final five road games and were in jeopardy of slipping to 4th in the conference when the Golden Gophers beat them at home in the penultimate game of the regular season. A win in the last match, however, kept them tied with Michigan State in the standings and with the tie-breakers in Wisconsin's favor the Badgers were able to avoid a potential matchup with league-leading Denver in the WCHA tournament.
Wisconsin began the conference tournament facing Minnesota and got a measure of revenge for earlier struggles with a pair of two-goal victories. The second round saw the Badgers pitted against Notre Dame and, because of a weekend sweep by the Fighting Irish at the end of February, Wisconsin was forced to face their foe in the opponent's building. Despite the game technically being a neutral-site meeting the hostile crowd let everyone know was favored. The two teams battled to a 4-4 tie in the first game, leaving the second match as a winner-take-all affair. Miraculously Wisconsin proved the victor with a 4-3 score and won their way into the NCAA tournament for the third time.
For their first match Wisconsin was set against the powerhouse ECAC Hockey champion Cornell Big Red. The boys from Ithaca possessed one of the strongest defenses in the nation, surrendering only 83 goals in 27 games en route to posting a 23-3-1 record. The favored Big Red didn't disappoint, scoring the opening goal 40 seconds into the game. After a second marker in the first frame and another 30 seconds into the middle period the Badgers were behind the eight-ball. Cornell score yet again four minutes later and before the game was even half over the Badger's already appeared to have been defeated. The decentralized Badger attack finally made itself known in the second half of period two with a pair of markers to cut Cornell's lead in half. With the Wisconsin faithful chanting 'SIEVE' at Dave Elenbaas Cornell didn't seem to mind and scored their third goal in the first minute of a period to take a 5-2 lead. Somehow, despite being outplayed, Wisconsin pulled to within one with goals at 12- and 3-minutes to play. With time winding down the Badgers furiously fired the puck and with five seconds left on the clock Dean Talafous notched the tying goal and sent the building into a frenzy. The overtime session saw several opportunities by both squads but as fatigue began to set in mistakes were made and just before the first extra frame ended a trio of Badgers rushed towards the goal. Elenbaas tried to meet them head-on but the puck found its way onto the stick of Talafous who shot it into the net and allowed Wisconsin to capture an improbable 6-5 overtime win.
In Wisconsin's first championship game they faced the other top team in the NCAA, Denver. The Pioneers possessed an even stingier defense, led by WCHA Most Valuable Player and All-American Ron Grahame. While Denver had a good offense and four First Team All-WCHA players, the Badgers' unheralded bunch had combined to score more than Denver had and managed to earn two Second Team positions. The Badgers got out to an early lead just over three minutes into the game but the Pioneers responded with one of their own less than a minute later. While the play favored Wisconsin the score didn't and Denver was able to take a lead with a power play marker 54 seconds into the second period. just over three minutes later Bob Young took Denver's only penalty of the game and it proved a costly one as Wisconsin was able to tie the score on the ensuing man-advantage. Just over four minutes after that Dean Talafous scored his third goal of the tournament to put the Badgers into the lead for the second time. The score remained that way until the third minute of the final period when Jim Johnston gave Wisconsin a two-goal lead. Denver was unable to match the Badger's fervor and Jim Makey's stellar goaltending allowed Wisconsin to skate off with their first National Title.
Wisconsin's win brought the crown back to the WCHA for the first time in four seasons and started a five-year run of western dominance where no eastern team could even make the title match. Dean Talafous scored both game-winning goals for the Badgers as well as notching the tying marker in the semifinal so it came with no surprise that he was named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Along with Talafous, Jim Makey, John Taft and Stan Hinkley were named to the All-Tournament Team After the tournament had ended the NCAA wanted to enforce a new policy that would make students who had played for Canadian junior team ineligible as they received a nominal stipend for room and board which the NCAA considered a payment making those players professionals. To ease the transition the NCAA told the universities that they wanted their programs to declare their own players ineligible and afterwards the NCAA would restore status to the players, effectively 'grandfathering' in the prohibition on major junior players. While most teams, including Wisconsin, acquiesced to the NCAA, Denver refused to follow suit and had their players not only ruled ineligible but their participation in the 1973 tournament vacated.
|Championship: Wisconsin, Denver|
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
|† indicates conference regular season champion|
|Date||Opponent||Score||Result||Venue||Location||Record (WCHA / Big Ten)|
|Nov. 3, 1972||Colorado College †||6–10||Loss||Broadmoor World Arena||Colorado Springs, CO||0–1 (0–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 4, 1972||Colorado College †||5–0||Win||Broadmoor World Arena||Colorado Springs, CO||1–1 (1–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 10, 1972||Colgate||13–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||2–1 (1–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 11, 1972||Colgate||13–1||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||3–1 (1–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 17, 1972||Colorado College †||6–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||4–1 (2–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 18, 1972||Colorado College †||5–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||5–1 (3–1 / 0–0)|
|Nov. 24, 1972||Michigan ‡||5–3||Win||Yost Ice Arena||Ann Arbor, MI||6–1 (4–1 / 1–0)|
|Nov. 25, 1972||Michigan ‡||7–2||Win||Yost Ice Arena||Ann Arbor, MI||7–1 (5–1 / 2–0)|
|Dec. 1, 1972||Notre Dame †||5–4*||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||8–1 (6–1 / 2–0)|
|Dec. 2, 1972||Notre Dame †||5–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||9–1 (7–1 / 2–0)|
|Dec. 8, 1972||Michigan ‡||6–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||10–1 (8–1 / 3–0)|
|Dec. 9, 1972||Michigan ‡||10–4||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||11–1 (9–1 / 4–0)|
|Dec. 22, 1972||Minnesota||4–4*||Tie||Williams Arena||Minneapolis, MN||11–1–1 (9–1–1 / 4–0–1)|
|Dec. 23, 1972||Minnesota||2–4||Loss||Williams Arena||Minneapolis, MN||11–2–1 (9–2–1 / 4–1–1)|
|Dec. 28, 1972||Colorado College %||6–2||Win||St. Louis Arena||St. Louis, MO||12–2–1 (9–2–1 / 4–1–1)|
|Dec. 31, 1972||Minnesota %||5–1||Win||St. Louis Arena||St. Louis, MO||13–2–1 (9–2–1 / 4–1–1)|
|Jan. 5, 1973||Denver †||3–2||Win||Denver Coliseum||Denver, CO||14–2–1 (10–2–1 / 4–1–1)|
|Jan. 6, 1973||Denver †||1–2||Loss||Denver Coliseum||Denver, CO||14–3–1 (10–3–1 / 4–1–1)|
|Jan. 12, 1973||Michigan State ‡||4–3||Win||Munn Ice Arena||East Lansing, MI||15–3–1 (11–3–1 / 5–1–1)|
|Jan. 13, 1973||Michigan State ‡||5–7||Loss||Munn Ice Arena||East Lansing, MI||15–4–1 (11–4–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Jan. 19, 1973||Clarkson||5–4*||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||16–4–1 (11–4–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Jan. 20, 1973||Clarkson||8–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||17–4–1 (11–4–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Jan. 26, 1973||North Dakota †||8–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||18–4–1 (12–4–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Jan. 27, 1973||North Dakota †||4–3||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||19–4–1 (13–4–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Feb. 2, 1973||Michigan Tech †||1–7||Loss||Student Ice Arena||Houghton, MI||19–5–1 (13–5–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Feb. 3, 1973||Michigan Tech †||3–5||Loss||Student Ice Arena||Houghton, MI||19–6–1 (13–6–1 / 5–2–1)|
|Feb. 9, 1973||Michigan State ‡||5–2||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||20–6–1 (14–6–1 / 6–2–1)|
|Feb. 10, 1973||Michigan State ‡||6–4||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||21–6–1 (15–6–1 / 7–2–1)|
|Feb. 16, 1973||Minnesota–Duluth †||6–2||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||22–6–1 (16–6–1 / 7–2–1)|
|Feb. 17, 1973||Minnesota–Duluth †||9–2||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||23–6–1 (17–6–1 / 7–2–1)|
|Feb. 23, 1973||Notre Dame †||5–8||Loss||Joyce Center||Notre Dame, IN||23–7–1 (17–7–1 / 7–2–1)|
|Feb. 24, 1973||Notre Dame †||3–4||Loss||Joyce Center||Notre Dame, IN||23–8–1 (17–8–1 / 7–2–1)|
|Mar. 2, 1973||Minnesota †||3–4||Loss||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||23–9–1 (17–9–1 / 7–3–1)|
|Mar. 3, 1973||Minnesota †||3–0||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||24–9–1 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Mar. 5, 1973||Minnesota||8–6||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||25–9–1 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Mar. 6, 1973||Minnesota||6–4||Win||Dane County Coliseum||Madison, WI||26–9–1 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Wisconsin Wins Series 14-10|
|Mar. 9, 1973||Notre Dame †||4–4*||Tie||Joyce Center||Notre Dame, IN||26–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Mar. 10, 1973||Notre Dame †||4–3||Win||Joyce Center||Notre Dame, IN||27–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|Wisconsin Wins Series 8-7|
|March 25, 1973||Cornell||6–5*||Win||Boston Garden||Boston, MA||28–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|March 26, 1973||Denver||4–2||Win||Boston Garden||Boston, MA||29–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
|217–139||29–9–2 (18–9–1 / 8–3–1)|
* Denotes overtime periods
† WCHA game
‡ Big Ten and WCHA game
% St. Louis Invitational Tournament
(W1) Denver vs. (W2) WisconsinEdit
|March 17||Denver||2 – 4||Wisconsin||Boston Garden|
|1st||WIS||Dave Pay||Johnston and Eaves||3:05||1–0 WIS|
|DEN||Jim Miller||McNab and Pearson||3:55||1–1|
|2nd||DEN||John Pearson – PP||McNab||:54||2–1 DEN|
|WIS||Tim Dool – PP||Cherrey and Bentley||4:17||2–2|
|WIS||Dean Talafous – GW||Lundeen and Deprez||8:30||3–2 WIS|
|3rd||WIS||Jim Johnston||Winchester and Pay||2:34||4–2 WIS|
|12||Dennis Olmstead||Freshman||C||Calgary, AB||40||23||32||55||16|
|17||Dean Talafous||Sophomore||C||Duluth, MN||40||21||32||53||34|
|22||Lloyd "Max" Bentley||Junior||C||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||40||23||29||52||29|
|8||Gary Winchester||Junior||C||Calgary, AB||40||24||24||48||12|
|21||Norm Cherrey||Senior||RW||Souris, MB||39||24||21||45||10|
|9||Dave Pay||Freshman||LW||St. Catharines, ON||36||18||17||35||36|
|10||Jim Johnston||Junior||RW||Peterborough, ON||40||14||19||33||35|
|23||Tim Dool||Junior||LW||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||40||12||19||31||22|
|20||Stan Hinkley||Junior||LW||Ponoka, AB||40||12||18||30||48|
|7||John Taft||Freshman||D||Minneapolis, MN||40||9||18||27||28|
|4||Bob Lundeen||Sophomore||D||Minneapolis, MN||36||7||20||27||26|
|11||Steve Alley||Freshman||LW||Anoka, MN||40||8||15||23||12|
|5||Dave Arundel||Junior||D||Minneapolis, MN||40||1||18||19||26|
|15||Billy Reay, Jr.||Junior||RW||Chicago, IL||32||10||6||16||38|
|3||Jack Johnson||Freshman||D||Bloomfield Hills, MI||38||4||11||15||16|
|2||Tom Machowski||Sophomore||D||Chicago, IL||40||1||13||14||48|
|19||Don Deprez||Sophomore||LW||Stony Mountain, MB||28||4||4||8||12|
|16||Bob Shaughnessy||Junior||C||Blind River, ON||17||1||2||3||4|
|24||Doug Kelso||Senior||C||Madison, WI||8||1||0||1||2|
|30||Doug McFadden||Sophomore||G||Peterborough, ON||1||0||0||0||0|
|23||Steve Short||Freshman||D||Roseville, MN||2||0||0||0||4|
|1||Dick Perkins||Senior||G||St. Paul Park, MN||17||0||0||0||0|
|30||Jim Makey||Senior||G||Dunnville, ON||22||0||0||0||0|
|13||Tom Kuklinski||Junior||LW||Mosinee, WI||–||–||–||–||–|
|14||Ernie Blackburn||Senior||D||Bemidji, MN||–||–||–||–||–|
|18||Mark Lomenda||Freshman||RW||Esterhazy, SK||–||–||–||–||–|
|25||Chris Wright||Senior||C||Milwaukee, WI||–||–||–||–||–|
|1||Doug Spitzig||Junior||G||Saskatoon, SK||–||–||–||–||–|
|No.||Name||Games||Minutes||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals Against||Saves||Shut Outs||SV %||GAA|
Players drafted into the NHL/WHAEdit
|= Did not play in the NHL|
|4||53||Dean Talafous||Atlanta Flames|
|7||101||Tom Machowski||Atlanta Flames|
|9||132||Dave Pay||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|9||140||Jack Johnson||Chicago Black Hawks|
|9||141||Steve Alley||Chicago Black Hawks|
|= Did not play in the WHA|
|1||13||Dean Talafous||Cincinnati Stingers|
|6||65||Dave Pay||Alberta Oilers|
|7||85||Tom Machowski||Minnesota Fighting Saints|
|7||90||Steve Alley||New England Whalers|
|10||113||Jack Johnson||Cincinnati Stingers|
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