(NEWS CENTER Maine) -- The school has been calling it the miracle goal. Colby's Justin Grillo scored with just 1.6 seconds left on the clock to give the Mules a 2-1 win over Geneseo and send them to the Division III Frozen Four.
The team will now play at the site of the 1980 Miracle on Ice game, as they fight for their first, and the state's first, DIII hockey title.
"The feelings, the emotion in the locker room...you can't go to the fifth aisle in Target and buy this," says head coach Blaise MacDonald. "This is pretty special stuff that only very few people have the opportunity to experience."
It hasn't been all roses and rainbows for the Mules up to this point.
"We had to really get down into a valley before we could climb back out," says MacDonald.
After going 1-6 in early January, the Mules turned it around. They're unbeaten in their last nine games, despite being on the road for almost six weeks straight.
"We're road warriors at this point, so it doesn't really affect us," says junior Thomas Stahlhuth. "We're used to it."
They're even practicing away from home, opting to spend Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine's Olympic-sized rink, similar to the one they will be playing on in Lake Placid this weekend.
"It's awesome to be going to that 1980 rink where the U.S. beat the Soviets," says senior Cam MacDonald. "Special things can happen there."
"You just gotta take it in, and also remember why we're there," says freshman Justin Grillo, who scored the game-winning goal in Colby's last outing. "I mean there's going to be a lot of distractions and a lot of cool things going on, but you've got to remember that we're here to win a national championship."