Goal with 1.5 seconds remaining lifts DIII hockey over Aurora to advance to ACHA semifinals
Needing just one more win to get a guaranteed spot in the semifinals of the American Collegiate Hockey Association National Tournament, the Central Michigan Division III hockey team was able to get the job done as they defeated Aurora University in a high scoring affair 7-6.
CMU started off the scoring with a power play goal by senior defenseman Tyler Carr. However, with just 22 seconds left in the first period, Aurora was able to tie it up with a goal of its own.
After each team recorded two more goals second period, it was tied 3-3 heading into the final period of play.
CMU was getting outshot 27-22 after the first two periods.
Aurora scored the first two goals of the third period at 39 seconds and another at 2 minutes and 15 seconds into the period. Both goals came on the power play.
Down 5-3, CMU managed to tie the game at 5-5 with goals by senior forward Nolan LeClaire and sophomore defenseman James Gleason. Those two goals came less than two minutes apart.
Halfway through the third, Aurora was able to get another goal via the power play, breaking the tie yet again and taking a 6-5 lead.
That tie wouldn’t last long as senior forward Nathan Allgaier tied the game up just three minutes later.
With time running out in regulation, Allgaier was able to score his second goal of the game with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. It was his fourth point of the game.
The faceoff was taken and the Chippewas took their third straight victory in the tournament.
CMU beat every member in its pool of pool play — pool C. The Chippewas to the semifinals where it will take on the winner of Oakland University and Metro State University of Denver on Friday at 7 p.m.