GLI: Lake Superior State holds off Michigan Tech in back-and-forth game to take home first GLI title

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: The Lake Superior State Lakers win the 2018 Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament championship game against the Michigan Tech Huskies 6-3 at Little Caesars Arena on December 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** (Dave Reginek/photo: Detroit Red Wings)
Lake Superior State claimed the 2018 Great Lakes Invitational with a 6-3 win over Michigan Tech on Dec. 31 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit (photo: Detroit Red Wings).

In a game with plenty of plot turns, the final turn belonged to Lake Superior State as the Lakers held off Michigan Tech 6-3 to capture the Great Lakes Invitational title for the first time in program history.

The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on goals by Diego Cuglietta and Hampus Erikkson just 62 seconds apart in the first period.

But Michigan Tech rallied with a Jake Lucchini goal before the end of the first and a tying tally by Alex Smith early in the second.

Lake Superior regained its two-goal lead, though, as Max Humitz scored at 9:23 of the middle frame and Bryan Basilico potted a power play marker at 16:12.

Tech, though, wouldn’t go away easily. At the three minute mark of the third, Trenton Bliss pulled the Huskies within a goal at 4-3. But that’s where the offense finished.

Cuglietta and Steven Ruggiero scored empty-net goals for the 6-3 final.

CONSOLATION: Michigan 2, Michigan State 2 (OT)

Despite outshooting the Spartans, 47-26, Michigan had to rally from deficits twice to earn a 2-2 tie in the GLI consolation game. The two clubs will share third place.

Michigan State carried a 2-1 lead out of the first period before Michigan’s Nick Pastujov tallied the equalizer at 1:15 of the third.

 

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