Cal sophomore Brendan Cook scored the game-winning goal with 2:02 left in overtime, sending the Golden Bears to the national championship game with a 13-12 victory.
The Golden Bears took an early 3-1 lead to start the game and held that edge at the first intermission, but Tech was ready for the second quarter. The Ramblin' Wreck outscored the Bears, 4-1, with Devin Raun's second goal of the game coming with 39 seconds left in the half to send the Jackets into the break with a 5-4 cushion.
Cal opened the second half with two goals to the lead back, 6-5. It was a short-lived edge. The Jackets exploded for four straight goals, two by Tim Peterson along with a goal and a dime from Conrad McEvoy in the run, giving the Yellow Jackets a 9-6 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Miles Rosberg pulled one back for Cal before the end of the frame, leaving the top seed with a two-goal deficit and 15 minutes to play.
The game of runs continued, and this time it was the Bears' turn. In the span of 7:35, Cal tallied four unanswered goals to regain the lead, 11-9. Pistotnik posted a natural hat trick during the run. Tech countered with three straight over a four minute span, with Raun netting two more in the run that had the Jackets up, 12-11, with 3:11 remaining.
Cook, giving a preview of what would end the game, tied the game off a dish from Keany with just 36 seconds left. Then came overtime.
Freshman Devin Raun finished with four goals and an assist to lead Georgia Tech while Tim Peterson added a hat trick. Gino Pagliaro had nine stops in cage. Tech's season ended with an unprecedented 18-2 record with only losses coming to the two teams in the national championship final.