The Western Michigan Broncos stunned the Michigan Wolverines in overtime by a final score of 3-2 to move on to the Great Lakes Invitational Championship Game.
The Broncos held a 2-1 lead late into the third period when Michigan’s Travis Lynch scored unassisted off a turnover at center ice. The turnover was caused by a no call on a tripped Western Michigan defender.
Regulation ended with the teams tied at 2.
It wasn’t until late in overtime when Western Michigan’s Josh Pitt netted the game winner after a tremendous individual effort. Pitt took the puck coast to coast, passed the puck to himslef between two Michigan defneders and went top shelf on goaltender Zach Nagelvoort with time expiring.
See video of the amazing goal below
The win marks the second time in two seasons the Western Michigan Broncos have knocked the Michigan Wolverines out of a tournament. In 2012 Western Michigan defeated the Wolverines in the final of the CCHA tournament capturing the leagues automatic bid into the NCAA tourney.
With the victory, Western Michigan advances to the Great Lakes Invitational Championship game to face Michigan Tech, last years GLI champions. MichiganTech advanced to the final by defeating Michigan State in a shootout.
This will be the first time in tournament history that the championship game will be held outdoors.