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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Gophers Win First National Title In 23 Years

ESPN Classic will present Minnesota's thrilling overtime win over Maine in the 2002 NCAA hockey championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Minnesota ended its futility at the NCAA Tournament. In front of a rowdy hometown crowd in St. Paul, the Golden Gophers edged recent nemesis Maine 4-3 in overtime to win their first NCAA national hockey title in 23 years.

Adam Hauser made 42 saves for the Gophers in the fourth OT final in the last five years.

Adam Hauser
Adam Hauser had the last laugh Saturday, silencing his critics by winning a national title.
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Grant Potulny scored on a power play 16:58 into overtime, giving the Golden Gophers a 4-3 victory over Maine on -- their first championship since 1979.

Minnesota was less than a minute from having to wait at least another year for its elusive fourth national title, but Matt Koalska tied it on a sixth-attacker goal with 52.4 seconds left in regulation after the Black Bears took a 3-2 lead with 4:33 remaining on Robert Liscak's goal.

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