The University of Maine hockey team’s thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Lake Superior State in the 1993 NCAA championship game will be re-broadcast on April 18 and 19 on three Maine television stations and streamed on Facebook Live.
It was UMaine’s first of two national championships, the other coming in 1999.
It will be aired on Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m. on WVII-TV/ABC 7 in Bangor, WPXT-CW (51) in Portland and on Maine Black Bears Facebook Live.
It will also be shown on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. on WMTW/ABC 8 in Portland.
The idea for the re-broadcast came from Justin Barnes of Learfield IMG College, the general manager of Black Bear Sports Properties, and Tyson McHatten, UMaine’s senior associate director of athletics for external operations and communications.
In the 1993 game in Milwaukee, the Black Bears trailed the Lakers 4-2 after two periods. But UMaine captain Jim Montgomery scored three third-period goals, all set up by Hobey Baker Award-winning freshman Paul Kariya, to annex the title.
“As our fans comply with the CDC guidelines and stay at home, our external team brainstormed creative ways in which we could still provide the excitement of UMaine athletics,” McHatten said. “One topic that was brought up was the opportunity to rebroadcast the 1993 Men’s ice hockey national championship game. In this unprecedented time, we hope this will provide some exciting nostalgia for fans to relive the event and also a sense of joy to those fans who have never had the chance to view the game.”
McHatten thanked Barnes and the team at Black Bear Sports Properties, along with UMaine athletics partners at WVII and the presenting sponsors at Bangor Savings Bank, ClearPoint Capital, Sullivan Tire and Auto Services and U.S. Cellular for helping make the broadcast possible.”
Montgomery was a Hobey Baker Award finalist that year as the Black Bears finished with a remarkable 42-1-2 record under coach Shawn Walsh.
The line of Montgomery (32 goals, 63 assists), centering Kariya (25 & 75) and Cal Ingraham (46 & 39) combined for 103 goals and 177 assists for 280 points.