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VIDEO: Josh Pitt lifts WMU Hockey to second straight GLI Title game appearance with overtime goal

by Carolyn Binder

DETROIT, MI (WKZO) -- The first round of the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational went to overtime where Western Michigan defeated Michigan 3-2 in front of 25,449 at Comerica Park to secure a spot in the GLI finals for a second straight year.

The Broncos were outshot by the Wolverines 32-30 in their first ever outdoor game, but Western Michigan held a 5-3 shots-on-goal advantage in the extra five minute period.

The teams skated to a scoreless opening frame. The Broncos outshot the Wolverines 9-7 in the first. Michigan got on the board in the second period when JT Compher slid a shorthanded score past Lukas Hafner at the 6:38 mark to put the Wolverines up 1-0.

Western Michigan responded nearly four minutes later on Shane Bershbach's eighth tally of the season. Bershbach hammered a feed from Jordan Osterle and Josh Pitt past Zach Nagelvoort to tie the game 1-1 at the 10:11 mark of the second period. The Broncos struck again when Will Kessel fired a shot over the shoulder of Nagelvoort at the 15:48 mark of the frame. Kessel's first goal of the season gave Western Michigan a 2-1 lead. Travis Lynch netted the game-tying goal at the 5:46 mark of the final period to force overtime.

Josh Pitt played the hero in the extra session. Pitt skated in alone to the Wolverine zone and handled a bouncing feed from Jordan Osterle to slip the game-winning goal past Naglevoort with 18 seconds remaining in the overtime period.

The Broncos were whistled for seven penalties in the contest, but held Michigan scoreless on eight power play chances. Western Michigan finished 1-for-4 on the power play in the game. Lukas Hafner finished with 30 saves on the night.

For a second straight year, Western Michigan will face Michigan Tech in the GLI Finals Saturday night. Face off is set for 7 pm.