GLI 2012: Michigan Tech takes the title over Western Michigan, 4-0

Alexander Hassenstein

The Michigan Tech Huskies won the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational in convincing fashion, shutting out the Western Michigan Broncos, 4-0.

The Michigan Tech Huskies crushed the Western Michigan Broncos on Sunday night, 4-0, for their first Great Lakes Invitational title in 32 years.

Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Pheonix Copley led the Huskies in their victory, stopping all 32 shots he faced en route to his second consecutive shutout.

The Broncos were missing defensemen Garret Haar and Dennis Brown with injury and could not matchup with the high powered Michigan Tech offense. Dennis Rix put the Huskies on the board first, scoring 1:32 remaining in the first period, and Blake Hietala added a second goal early in the third.

Western Michigan's offensive pressure increased as the game progressed, but they were unable to convert shots into goals, as 14 shots in the second period and 12 shots in the third period all went for nothing. Michigan Tech took advantage, scoring both an empty net goal and a power play goal with the last two minutes to put the game away.

Michigan Tech's victory in the Great Lakes Invitational marks their first championship in the tournament since 1980.

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