UAA Hockey upsets Boston College
The Scrappy Underdogs

When the unheralded UAA hockey team traveled to mighty Boston College for the opening round of the 1991 NCAA Championships, the Seawolves were considering little more than an appetizer for the Eagles. Turned out the underdog dined.

The Seawolves engineered a sweep of the best-of-3 series – they won 3-2 and 3-1 – to deliver one of the most shocking upsets in college hockey history.

Buoyed by Paul Krake’s remarkable goaltending and the belief that their best made them competitive with any team, the Seawolves bucked overwhelming odds.

After all, Boston College of the Hockey East recently was a national semifinalist the previous season. UAA did not belong to a conference.

Boston College’s hockey history spanned more than 70 years. UAA was in just its 12th season under program founder Brush Christiansen.

Boston College was making its 18th NCAA appearance. UAA its second.

And Boston College featured David Emma, the winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s best college player. UAA had talented players, but major college programs had taken a recruiting pass on them all.

UAA crushed conventional wisdom and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it fell to eventual national champion Northern Michigan University.

Still, the Seawolves had authored an upset that remains one of the jaw-droppers in college hockey history, and they savored the celebration.

— Doyle Woody