DETROIT -- Western Michigan's Josh Pitt netted the game-winning goal with 18.3 seconds left in overtime to down No. 3 Michigan 3-2 to advance to the Great Lakes Invitational Championship game on Saturday night against Michigan Tech at Comerica Park.
With the man advantage and time winding down Pitt picked up the puck at the Bronco blue line and skated through all four Wolverines on the ice and buried his shot into the corner of the net for his seventh goal of the season.
WMU also picked up goals from Shane Berschbach and Will Kessel on the night and Lukas Hafner, who earned an assist on the game-winning goal, made a game-high 30 saves. Pitt finished the night with two points after assisting on Berschbach’s goal and Jordan Oesterle finished with two assists for the second consecutive game. The Broncos were outshot 32-30 but killed off all eight Michigan power plays.
JT Compher gave Michigan a 1-0 at 6:35 in the second period on a short-handed goal. Kevin Clare flipped the puck down the ice to Compher and he skated in and beat Hafner stick side for his sixth goal of the season.
WMU squared the game 1-1 at 10:11 on Berschbach’s eighth goal of the season and the first outdoor goal in Bronco varsity program history. Pitt created a turnover in the Michigan zone and Oesterle found Berschbach alone in the slot. He settled the puck before burying it stick side.
The Broncos took a 2-1 lead minutes later at 15:48 when David Killip created another turnover and found Kessel at the top of the right circle. Kessel fired it and beat Zach Nagelvoort stick side for his first goal of the season.
The Wolverines opened up the third period with a goal at 5:24. Travis Lynch picked up the puck in the neutral zone and fired a shot that deflected off of a Bronco defender and into the net for his second goal of the season, tying the game at 2-2.
No. 7 Boston College 5, Bowling Green 0
PITTSBURGH -- Boston College called upon its defensive unit to shut out Bowling Green 5-0 in the first semifinal game of the second annual Three Rivers Classic on Friday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. The Eagles’ defense not only posted its second shutout of the season, four blue liners combined to score in the triumph. Junior Brian Billett anchored the victory, posting his first-career shutout in his 20th start as an Eagle.
Johnny Gaudreau did not let the holiday break plug up his scoring streak. He matched a career high, extending his point streak to 12-consecutive games with a one goal, two assist effort.
Gaudreau’s linemates, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold were also multi-point scorers with a pair of helpers each, while sophomore defenseman Travis Jeke made a big impression in his hometown debut. The Pittsburgh native, who dressed in his first game of the season, notched his first-career multi-point game with a goal and an assist.
Along with Jeke’s strike, sophomores Teddy Doherty and Michael Matheson along with rookie Scott Savage were amongst the other three defensemen to find the back of the net. Not only did BC’s defense play an offensive role, but the Eagles’ penalty-killing unit has not allowed a power play goal in five-straight games.
Billett turned away 27 shots in the shutout while BGSU’s Tommy Burke stopped 33-of-38 Boston College attempts.