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Michigan Tech wins first GLI title in 32 years

December 31, 2012
By The Associated Press , The Mining Journal

DETROIT - Michigan Tech goalie Pheonix Copley notched his second straight shutout as Michigan Tech beat Western Michigan 4-0 Sunday in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

One night after stopping 38 shots in a 4-0 win over Michigan, Copley turned away 32 shots as the Huskies (6-10-3) won their first MacInnes Cup in 32 years.

The trophy, which is named after former Tech coach John MacInnes and given to the GLI Champion, is in the possession of the Huskies for the first time since 1980, when head coach Mel Pearson was a Huskies' player.

"I'm enjoying this more as a coach. You realize you're representing not only your team, but your university and community," Pearson said. "I couldn't be more proud of our guys. We went out, played as a team and earned this. It's special."

Copley had 14 saves in the second period and 12 in the third. Western Michigan outshot the Huskies 32-22.

Dennis Rix scored in the first period and Blake Hietala in the third for Michigan Tech, which came into the tournament winless in its previous seven games. Tanner Kero and Aaron Pietila scored in the last minute.

Frank Slubowski had 17 saves and Lukas Hafner one for Western Michigan (11-5-2).



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