While the Hunting Valley University School hockey team was serenaded by its student body after its 3-2 double-overtime win over Dublin Coffman in a state semifinal March 10 at Nationwide Arena, Shamrocks coach Darcy Cahill recognized his players with applause as they left the ice.

While the Hunting Valley University School hockey team was serenaded by its student body after its 3-2 double-overtime win over Dublin Coffman in a state semifinal March 10 at Nationwide Arena, Shamrocks coach Darcy Cahill recognized his players with applause as they left the ice.

Coffman, seeking to become the first central Ohio team to advance to the state final, let alone win the state championship, finished 28-9-3. The Shamrocks were making their second state appearance and first since 2010, when they lost to eventual runner-up Sylvania Northview 4-0 in a semifinal.

Columbus-area teams are now a combined 0-10 at state.

University School improved to 26-11-2 and will play Cleveland St. Ignatius or Toledo St. Francis in the championship game March 12 at Nationwide Arena. The Preppers are seeking their third state title overall and first since 2009.

With the teams skating 4-on-4 per OHSAA rules in second overtimes during the postseason, University School's Robby Engoglia scored the winning goal against goaltender Grant Powell just 54 seconds into the period. Tommy Nook assisted on the goal, setting up Engoglia with a pass from behind the net.

Powell, one of 11 seniors for Coffman, finished with 41 saves.

"We left it all out on the ice," Powell said. "We gave it our all. It's huge for central Ohio hockey. It put us back on the map. It shows that any team from central Ohio can compete with anybody up north, and it's huge for this community. I'm really proud of all the players."

Preppers coach Andre Lacroix lauded Powell's performance.

"We should have finished the game way before that," Lacroix said the winning goal. "We had so many good chances. Guys were coming to the bench and saying, 'I can't believe he made that stop.' Their goalie played unbelievable."

University School goalie Alec Silver had 26 saves.

Coffman opened the scoring with a goal by Luke Babner on assists from Cameron Fiorita and Michael Aman with 3:33 left in the first period. But with 47 seconds remaining in the period, the Preppers tied the score on a goal by Alex Hoyen.

University School took a 2-1 lead on J.D. Clemens' goal 34 seconds into the second period, but the Shamrocks' Kyle Talebi tied the score at 2 with 4:54 left in the period. Talebi's goal was assisted by Ryon Malas and Matthew Riley.

There was no scoring in the third period or in the first eight-minute overtime. Babner nearly gave Coffman the win in the first overtime, blasting a shot off the goal post.