DETROIT (WKZO) --The Western Michigan University Bronco Hockey team has bragging rights in the State of Michigan, at least for now after winning the Great Lakes Invitational outdoors at Comerica Park, beating the Huskies of Michigan Tech 1-0 in overtime Saturday night.
You couldn’t have asked for a more competitive tourney with three of the four games going to overtime.
The Broncos and Huskies played to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation. Finally two minutes into the extra period, Bronco Junior Forward Justin Kovacs whacked at the puck during a scrum in front of the Huskie net and it went in.
Michigan Tech was the tourney’s defending champs. Western had only won the tournament once before, in 1986.
The 3rd ranked Wolverines were expected to skate away with the GLI trophy this year, but first the Broncos upset them in the elimination game on Friday with an overtime win.
Then Saturday afternoon, they were beaten 3-0 by Michigan State in the consolation game. The Spartans have just had a miserable season so far this year. No doubt beating their cross state rival has brightened their outlook.
=The Great Lakes Invitational is normally held between Christmas and New Years at Joe Louis Arena, but this year was folded into the NHL’s Winter Classic, which will come to a head New Years day when the Red Wings take on the Maple Leafs at the Big House.*