Michigan Tech claimed its 10th GLI title with a 4-0 victory over No. 7-ranked Western Michigan at Joe Louis Arena.
The Huskies’ Phoenix Copley
who slammed the door on Michigan in a 4-0 win the night before, became just the second goaltender in GLI history to post back-to-back shutouts.
He was named the winner of the John MacInnes Trophy as the tournament MVP.
The MacNaughton Cup, 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.
Similar to the 4-0 victory over Michigan…Tech needed to weather an early storm from the opposition.
WMU, which entered the GLI with one of the nation’s top 10 power play units, did not convert on two chances in the first seven minutes.
At 18:28 of the first period, Dennis Rix of the Huskies, connected on a harmless-looking shot from the left point.
The quick wrist shot beat Frank Slubowski, WSU goalie, over his glove shoulder.
Tech maintained a 1-0 advantage through the second period.
And that was all that Tech really needed…though they did get three more goals.
By: Mike Plourde