COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It may have just been a stick blade in the way of a slap shot but it was enough to make history for the Michigan Tech hockey program.
MTU's David Johnstone redirected a slap shot by defenseman Daniel Sova 3:30 into overtime to down host Colorado College 4-3 and send the Huskies on to their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five tournament since eliminating the Tigers in Colorado Springs in 2007.
"In overtime, it's a bounce of the puck here or there," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "We were lucky to get the bounce."
"I just stuck my stick out there and the shot hit it," said Johnstone. "I didn't know it had gone in until my brother (Jacob Johnstone) started celebrating. It's a great feeling."
The win gives MTU (16-18-4) the road series sweep and surpasses the previous three years' combined win total (15).
"It's huge for our program, not just this year," Pearson said. "I couldn't be happier for the seniors. They went through some tough times and now they're going to the Final Five."
"The seniors are so excited, words can't describe how they must be feeling," Johnstone said. "This win is about them."
The Huskies, seeded eighth in the first round of the playoffs, will be reseeded as either the fifth or sixth seed for Thursday's quarterfinals of the Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. MTU's seeding will be determined by the result of Game 3 of the No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 3 Denver series at 9:07 p.m. Eastern Sunday.
For more on Saturday's game, check out Monday's Daily Mining Gazette.