By @StefanKubus –
DETROIT – It took 60 minutes, a five-minute overtime and a lengthy shootout, the Huskies have advanced to the 2018 Great Lakes Invitational championship game.
Tommy Parrottino scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Michigan Tech a victory over former coach Mel Pearson and the Michigan Wolverines to start the annual holiday tournament at Little Caesars Arena.
Tech will play the winner of Michigan State/Lake Superior State.
Alec Broetzman and Brian Halonen scored the regulation goals for MTU, while Robbie Beydoun recorded the win between the pipes.
Hear from Michigan Tech coach Joe Shawan, Alec Broetzman and Robbie Beydoun:
Broetzman opened the scoring at 2:55 to put his Huskies out in front. Broetzman took a short pass from Parrottino (Rochester Hills) behind the net and roofed a short-side shot past Strauss Mann from the bottom of the left circle. It took a lengthy review, but the goal was confirmed before play resumed.
Following the goal, the Wolverines had two power-play opportunities of their own, but could not solve the Plymouth native Beydoun.
The Huskies came close to striking again late in the frame, as Alex Smith stared at an open net on a rebound opportunity off Mann’s glove, but Wolverines defenseman Griffin Luce got his stick on the attempt to keep it a one-goal game.
The Wolverines found the back of the net at 6:02 of the second stanza, as Moyle drove the net and saw a puck deflect off him past Beydoun. The goal was reviewed for goalie interference as the freshman forward made contact with Beydoun near the top of the crease, but it was ultimately ruled a good goal and Moyle had the first of his collegiate career.
The tie would be short-lived as Halonen gave the Huskies a one-goal lead once again at 7:11. The Michigan Tech freshman forward took the puck behind the net, curled out in front and fired a wrist shot past Mann.
Winborg potted his second of the year at 17:46 of the period to even the game at two, as he tipped home a point shot from Washington, Mich. native and Romeo High School alum Nick Blankenburg.
Both teams traded chances in the third period, including a breakaway attempt by junior forward Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills) that Beydoun denied.
That was as close as we got to a resolution in the period, as extra time was needed to settle it.
In the shootout, Parrottino potted the game-winning marker, beating Mann to send the Huskies to the championship game.
Hear from Michigan coach Mel Pearson and team captain Joseph Cecconi: