Western Michigan wins Great Lakes Invitational 1-0 in overtime
DETROIT -- Justin Kovacs netted the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime and Lukas Hafner made 33 saves to be named Great Lakes Invitational most outstanding player as Western Michigan downed Michigan Tech 1-0 outdoors at Comerica Park on Saturday night.
Kenney Morrison fired a shot off the boards and Shane Berschbach put the rebound on net. Kovacs then skated in and punched the rebound into the net for his team-best ninth goal of the season and all the Broncos (9-8-3) needed on the night. Kovacs, Hafner, Jordan Oesterle and Josh Pitt were all named to the GLI All-Tournament Team.
Hafner (4-2-0) and Michigan Tech’s Phoenix Copley dueled all night long in net with Hafner making 13 saves in the first period, Copley making 11 of his 30 in the second period and Hafner making 12 in the third period. Both teams failed to capitalize on each of the team’s three power plays.
The win was the second overtime win on the weekend for the Broncos and third on the season. It is the second GLI Championship in program history with WMU also winning in 1986. Western Michigan now improves to 2-0 in varsity games played outdoors
Michigan State 3, No. 3 Michigan 0
DETROIT -- An early lead and 29 save performance from goaltender Jake Hildebrand helped the Michigan State shut out third-ranked Michigan 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in the Great Lakes Invitational Consolation Game at Comerica Park. Thomas Ebbing's goal at 1:23 of the first period stood as the difference as the Spartans improved to 6-9-2 on the season.
"Our objective for the weekend was to accomplish two things; win the tournament and to take a step forward and get better, and I thought we did that today," MSU head coach Tom Anastos said. "I thought we made progress in all areas of our game."
MSU consistently created scoring opportunities throughout the game and outshot the Wolverines 40-29.
"We were playing hard and were trying to get pucks in deep and to the front of the net," winger Matt Berry said. "The ice was a lot better [Saturday] so we wanted to stick with the same plan [as Friday] and get as many shots to the net as we could."
A night after making 41 saves, Hildebrand posted another strong effort as he got his first shutout of the season and third of his career.
Matt Berry got the puck from Jake Chelios near the left circle and ripped the it past Racine with three seconds remaining on the power play to put the Spartans ahead 2-0.
Brent Darnell sealed the win at the 13:52 mark of the third period when he beat Racine with a wrist shot from the slot. Darnell threw the puck through the legs of a Wolverine defenseman and it found its way under the pads of Racine to make the score 3-0.
No. 7 Boston College 8, Penn State 2
PITTSBURGH -- Boston College claimed its first trophy of the season in overpowering fashion, throttling first-time opponent Penn State 8-2 in the championship game of the Three Rivers Classic on Saturday evening at CONSOL Energy Center.
Six multi-point performances were highlighted by junior Destry Straight’s hat trick, the first three-goal performance for the Eagles this season.
Junior Johnny Gaudreau was named the Three Rivers Classic Tournament most outstanding player after a five-point performance over the course of both contests with a pair of goals and three assists while seniors Kevin Hayes (1-3-4) and Bill Arnold joined Gaudreau on the All-Tournament Team.
Moreover, Gaudreau broke an already impressive career feat, surpassing his old total and setting a new benchmark, scoring at least one point in his last 13 outings. He has accounted for 25 points (12-13-25) throughout the course of his hot spell. In seven of those 13 games, Gaudreau has attained a multi-point performance.
Ryan Fitzgerald, Danny Linell, Michael Sit, Hayes and Gaudreau joined Straight in the goal scoring column while 13 Eagles combined recorded at least one point in the victory. Fitzgerald (1-2-3) and Austin Cangelosi (0-3-3) both turned in three-point performances.
Vermont 3, No. 9 Clarkson 2
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont received a point from nine different players and Brody Hoffman made 29 saves as the Catamounts held off ninth-ranked Clarkson for a 3-2 victory on day one of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup on Saturday at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts improve to 9-6-1 (4-5-0 HEA) with their sixth win in the past seven games, while the Golden Knights fall to 12-4-1 (6-2-0 ECAC).
Hoffman began the game with a quick right pad save on Clarkson captain Ben Sexton on an open chance just seconds after the opening faceoff. The Catamounts settled in and took the lead at 6:32 as Pete Massar caused a turnover at the UVM defensive blue line. Massar skated down the right side of the Clarkson zone and fired a wrist shot off the left post past Steve Perry. Jonathan Turk and Michael Paliotta had the assists on the first goal of the game.
Roughly two and a half minutes later, Vermont doubled the lead as its top line forced a giveaway in the left corner of the Golden Knight zone. Chris McCarthy dished the puck to the left side of the goal line for Jake Fallon, who touched a pass into the low slow for Mario Puskarich. The freshman directed a quick shot into the open net for his team-high sixth goal of the season.
Seven minutes into the final frame, H.T. Lenz intercepted a Clarkson pass in the UVM defensive zone and lobbed the puck ahead down the middle of the ice. Tom Forgione hopped onto the loose puck with speed and skated in alone on Perry. The freshman deked to his backhand and slipped a shot through Perry's five hole as Vermont restored the two-goal lead.
No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell 5, Canisus 2
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Massachusetts-Lowell opened the second half of the season with a 5-2 win against Canisius n the opening round of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup on Saturday.
"It's a bonus," head coach Norm Bazin said. "I don't care who scores, but getting contributions from your back end is very important over the course of the season."
UMass-Lowell sophomore defenseman Christian Folin scored a goal and added two assists and junior defenseman Zack Kamrass set up three goals to power the River Hawks who were coming off a 21-day break for final exams and the winter holidays.
"I was pleased with our effort," Bazin said. "We responded well after giving up the first goal of the game, we scored on the power play; all positive things. I thought the work ethic continued throughout the game."
UMass-Lowell improves to 12-5-0; Canisius' record drops to 5-9-1.