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DETROIT (WKZO) – Western Michigan was unable to find the back of the net Sunday night in the Great Lakes Invitational final at Joe Louis Arena, falling 4-0 to the Michigan Tech Huskies.
Mike Leone and Dan DeKeyser were named to the All-Tournament team, but it was the performance of Husky goaltender Phoenix Copley that powered Michigan Tech to the GLI title. Copley stopped 32 Western Michigan shots in the final game, and didn’t allow a goal all weekend which earned him the tournament’s MVP award. Michigan Tech finished Sunday’s game being outshot 32-22.
An early power play goal for Michigan Tech was waved off in the opening frame when it was ruled that Frank Slubowski was interfered with. Junior forward Dennis Rix put the Huskies on the board later in the period on his sixth goal of the season. Uncharacteristic of the Broncos, they incurred two five-minute major penalties in the game, sending Josh Pitt and Matt Stewart to the locker room.
Listen to Coach Murray's comments on their conduct here.
Michigan Tech extended their lead just 3:23 into the final period when Blake Hietala found the Bronco defense out of position, and fired a shot from the slot to give his team the 2-0 lead. The Huskies added an empty net goal and a power play goal in the final seconds of the game to seal the win.
Western Michigan’s power play came up empty for a second straight night, finishing 0-for-7 in Sunday’s final.
The Broncos next series is with another WCHA opponent in Bemidji State on January 4th and 5th in Minnesota. Both games can be heard on 96.5 FM WKZO at 8 pm.