Almost as spooky as it is disappointing for Colorado College, the curse lives on.
Once again, for the third time since 1994, the Tigers have seen a promising season screech to a halt at the hands of visiting underdog Michigan Tech.
Freshman left wing David Johnstone's goalmouth deflection at 3:30 of overtime Saturday lifted the eighth-seeded Huskies to a come-from-behind 4-3 sudden-death victory over CC and a sweep of their best-of-three playoff series at the World Arena.
Tech, which advances to next week's WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn., forced the extra session with 1:05 left in regulation and senior goaltender Josh Robinson on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker.
It was MTU's first extra-skater goal of the campaign.
Robinson, who finished with 29 saves, got some help from the cross bar as CC's William Rapuzzi and Alexander Krushelnyski each hit iron with the score knotted at 2-2, Rapuzzi midway through the second period and Krushelnyski early in the third a couple minutes before setting up Scott Winkler to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead at 8:52.
"I'm disappointed we didn't have a chance to play that third game," said Scott Owens, who will need to wait until next season to enjoy his 300th career victory as Colorado College's head coach. "It's disappointing for our seniors. In overtime it can go any way. We got bottled up in our own end and we couldn't get it out."
Michigan Tech's third goal resulted from a similar predicament. Junior defenseman Steven Seigo, all alone in the high slot after New Jersey Devils draftee Blake Pietela fed a pass to him from the right-side boards, unleashed a wrist shot through traffic in front to tie the contest after several failed attempts by CC to clear the zone.
Tallies by junior right wing Andrew Hamburg at 8:23 of the first frame period and 3:50 of the second wiped out a 2-0 Tech cushion after Johnstone, who finished with four points in the first-round playoff series, and senior team captain Brett Olson struck in the opening seven minutes of play.
MTU finished with a 41-32 advantage in shots on goal, with sophomore netminder Josh Thorimbert steering away 37 of them. The Huskies improved to 16-18-4 for the season while the Tigers ended up with an 18-16-2 overall record.