Not many sting as bad as this one.
Less than 14 ticks away from what would have been its biggest sweep in recent memory, Colorado College saw the mirage go up in smoke on Saturday.
The University of North Dakota tied the game with 13.2 seconds left in regulations then struck just 51 seconds into overtime, snatching a 3-2 sudden-death victory from CC that earned the visitors a split of their two-game set at the World Arena.
Freshman winger Drake Caggiula, who scored a pair of goals in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Tigers, ended the series finale on a quick one-timer from just inside the right faceoff circle. Junior netminder Josh Thorimbert, who played brilliantly all night, got a piece of the shot but it glanced off his left shoulder and into the cage.
Thorimbert, who finished with 38 saves, was on the verge of backstopping a 2-1 triumph until junior defenseman Dillon Simpson pulled UND?even with goaltender Clarke Saunders on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker. Rocco Grimaldi, another freshman, found Simpson open in the slot with a pass from the right corner after senior defenseman and team captain Andrew MacWilliam was able to keep a CC clearing attempt from crossing the blue line.
"It hurts," said Colorado College head coach Scott Owens. "It really hurts. You're 13 seconds away from sweeping the No. 7 team in the country, and then you don't even get a tie."
Senior center Rylan Schwartz and junior winger Archie Skalbeck accounted for a goal and an assist apiece for the Tigers, who dropped to 8-7-1 overall and 5-3 in WCHA?play. Skalbeck's sixth red lighter of the season, off a quick tip of defenseman Mike Boivin feed through traffic from the right boards, gave CC?its 2-1 lead at the 7-minute mark of the third period.
Schwartz's tally at 4:14 of the opening frame wiped out an early 1-0 deficit after North Dakota's Corban Knight's pass from deep on the left side caromed past Thorimbert off a defender just 34 seconds into the contest.
UND, which out-shot the Tigers by a 41-20 margin after launching the only three attempts in overtime, improved to 7-5-2 overall and 4-2-2 in league play.