Senior forward Diego Cuglietta’s second goal of the day gave Lake Superior State the 4-3 overtime victory in the late Great Lakes Invitational semifinal and sent the Lakers into Monday’s final at Little Caesars Arena.
Cuglietta’s shot went past Michigan State goalie John Lethemon with 1:55 remaining in the overtime period.
The Spartans leapt out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Dennis Cesana and Wojciech Stachowiak in the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Lakers tied it up with two goals in just under five minutes, then took a 3-2 lead with a goal 13 minutes into the second period. Stachowiak tied it up with his second goal of the season, with an assist from Cesana in the third period, but the Spartans managed just six more shots on goal for the rest of the period.
The Spartans will face Michigan in the third-place game of the GLI at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Little Caesars Arena, followed by the championship game between Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech at 2:30. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.
LSSU will be going for its first ever MacInnes Cup; the Lakers’ only other GLI title game appearance came in a loss to Michigan in 1996. Michigan Tech hasn’t won the GLI since 2012, when the Huskies stopped Western Michigan at Joe Louis Arena.
Michigan Tech 2, Michigan 2 (MTU advances in SO): After having three weeks off, the Wolverines got an early wakeup call in Sunday’s GLI semifinal. Michigan was whistled for interference just 19 seconds in and game up the first goal of the game 106 seconds later.
The Wolverines tied the game up early in the second, but the Huskies came right back with a goal just more than a minute later. Michigan tied it at two with 2:14 left in the second when junior Adam Winborg redirected a Nick Blankenburg short from the point.
Neither team scored in the third period or a five-minute overtime, meaning a shootout was needed to determine the GLI championship participant. Both teams missed on their first two shootout attempts, then connected on their third try to send the shootout to extra rounds.
Finally, in the fifth round, Michigan’s Luke Morgan missed and Michigan Tech’s Tommy Parrottino buried his shot to claim the title-game berth.
Michigan has won the third-place game in each of the past two GLIs. The Wolverines haven’t won the GLI since beating Michigan Tech in the final in 2015.