With 11 seconds left in the game, junior Derek Butler rattled a shot off the crossbar, nearly sending the Red Hawks to the Division 1 South quarterfinals.
This time, Butler made sure not to ding any metal as he rifled the puck into the back of the net four minutes into overtime, lifting the Red Hawks to a 3-2 victory against Framingham at Loring Arena Wednesday night.
"That's what high school hockey is all about," Natick coach Karl Infanger said. "There wasn't a seat in the place it was rocking and it was just a madhouse. To take that win was special for the kids."
Butler's late-game heroics helped stave off a furious comeback by Framingham. Junior Jack Murphy scored a pair of goals to give Natick a 2-0 lead, but the Flyers scored two in the third period to even the score.
Framingham sophomore Drew McKinnon delivered the game-tying score with 3:30 left in the final stanza.
"They know you can never be too high and never be too low," Infanger said. "And [in overtime], emotionally, they went to work."
On Sunday, Natick (No. 9) will face No. 1-seeded Archbishop Williams (12-5-4) which lost to Malden Catholic in the Super 8 play-in game.
"They're going to play hard," Infanger said. "We're going to have to bring our A-game and keep it going. No matter who you play, you're in for a fight."