University of Toronto goalie Jim Boulieris was nearly flawless stopping the shots he saw by Miami of Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
The problem was the one he didn't see.
It was a seemingly harmless 60-foot slap shot by defenseman Pat Hanley, but it got past Boulieris 76 seconds into overtime to give the Redskins a 3-2 victory in a semifinal of the Great Western Bank Freeze-Out at the Forum.
"I didn't see it at all," said Boulieris, who made 41 saves before he was screened on the decisive goal.
Miami will play New Hampshire at 4 p.m. today in the championship game. Toronto drops into the 1 p.m. consolation game against Clarkson.
The Redskins (3-5-1), ranked fourth in the nation in one preseason poll, struggled to win despite a 44-15 advantage in shots on goal.
Miami took a 2-0 lead on a first-period goal by Matt Oates and a second-period score by Marc Boxer. But 10 seconds after Boxer scored, Toronto's Ted Wilson pulled the Blues (5-10-2) within 2-1 midway through the second period. Toronto tied the score on Tim Welsh's wrist shot with 33 seconds to play in the period.
New Hampshire 7, Clarkson 3--Eric Boguniecki's power-play goal 25 seconds into the third period gave New Hampshire the lead for good. Boguniecki scored two goals.
After Clarkson (2-4-2) took a 3-2 lead with 5:09 to play in the second period, the Wildcats (9-1), ranked in the top 10 in several polls, took control.
The attendance for the two-game session Saturday was 4,582.