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Kovacs' OT goal earns WMU first GLI Championship since 1986

by Carolyn Binder

DETROIT, MI (WKZO) – For the first time since 1986, Western Michigan hockey hoisted the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational Championship trophy, knocking off the host Michigan Tech Huskies 1-0 in overtime in front of 26,052 at Comerica Park Saturday night. The Huskies were looking for the first back-to-back titles since winning five straight between 1976 and 1980. 

Following 60 minutes of scoreless play, Justin Kovacs stuffed the game-winning goal past Husky netminder Phoenix Copley in a goalmouth scramble 2:01 into the overtime period. Kovacs earned All-Tournament honors on his ninth tally of the season. Shane Berschbach and Kenney Morrison were credited with the assists.

Sophomore goalie Lukas Hafner stopped all 33 Michigan Tech shots on his way to All-Tournament Goaltender and Most Valuable Player honors, making 63 saves on the weekend. Phoenix Copley recorded 29 saves in the championship game. Both teams were 0-for-3 on power play chances.

Forwards Josh Pitt and Justin Kovacs earned All-Tournament Team honors while Jordan Osterle earned All-Tournament Team honors on defense.

After collecting a pair of wins in the programs first ever outdoor experience, the Broncos will return indoors hosting Miami January 10th and 11th. Both games are set for 7:05 pm.