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Broncos Claim Great Lakes Invitational Championship

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 12/28/2013
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DETROIT, Mich. -- Justin Kovacs netted the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime and Lukas Hafner made 33 saves to be named Great Lakes Invitational MVP as the Western Michigan hockey team downed Michigan Tech 1-0 outdoors at Comerica Park on Saturday night.

Kenney Morrison fired a shot off the boards and Shane Berschbach put the rebound on net. Kovacs then skated in and punched the rebound into the net for his team-best ninth goal of the season and all the Broncos (9-8-3) needed on the night. Kovacs, Hafner, Jordan Oesterle and Josh Pitt were all named to the GLI All-Tournament Team.

Hafner (4-2-0) and Michigan Tech’s Phoenix Copley dueled all night long in net with Hafner making 13 saves in the first period, Copley making 11 of his 30 in the second period and Hafner making 12 in the third period. Both teams failed to capitalize on each of the team’s three power plays.

The win was the second overtime win on the weekend for the Broncos and third on the season. It is the second GLI Championship in program history with WMU also winning in 1986. Western Michigan now improves to 2-0 in varsity games played outdoors.

Western Michigan has a bye week before hosting NCHC rivals Miami on Jan. 10 and 11.