The Jug is staying at Oakland, and for the first time in the series a team has won it in back-to-back-years. Defenseman Gino Mini scored the OT winner in a 6-5 win at Rochester College.
Oakland struggled in the first period being out-shot 12-5 but Oakland was down just 2-1 after the first after forward Luke Mackin deflected a laser into the net from defenseman Tyler Simon.
After going down by two goals again, Forward Keegan Nolan in the second period cut the Rochester College lead down to 3-2. Then late in the period Oakland exploded with two goals 12 seconds apart. First forward Nic Fernandez tied the game with 13 seconds left in the second period, then forward Chase Sereno gave OU its first lead of the game at 4-3 with a second left in the second period.
In the third period, the Golden Grizzlies struck quickly again with a goal 13 seconds in by captain Greg Meuser. The game was far from over as the Warriors scored two third period goals to tie it, including with the extra attacker after pulling the goalie late in the third.
That led the teams to overtime where defenseman Gino Mini scored in dramatic fashion to win the Jug for the second straight year for Oakland.
Goalie Joshua Pack (6-5-1) received the start in net making 28 saves on the night in the win.
Next: Oakland host Rochester College at 8pm Saturday at the ONYX Ice Arena. The 2004 ACHA DII National Championship team will be honored before the game.