DETROIT – The Michigan Wolverines will take on interstate rival Michigan State Spartans in the Championship Game of the 50th Annual Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at Joe Louis Arena. The matchup will mark the 300th all-time meeting between the Big Ten rivals and the 13th time the two squads square off in the Championship Game of the GLI. Michigan Tech and Ferris State are set to meet in the Third-Place Game at 3:30 p.m.
The No. 5 Huskies outshot the Wolverines, 41-21, in the opening semifinal of the day, but Michigan was able to hold on against the tournament host, 2-1, to earn a chance to compete for their 16th MacInnes Cup. The game was deadlocked through the majority of the first two periods after Michigan’s Cutler Martin scored at 6:28 and Malcolm Gould responded for Michigan Tech (WCHA) minutes later at 10:28. Zach Hyman netted the game winner on the power-play with a wrist shot at 3:44 of the third period. In his first start since Nov. 1, Michigan goaltender Steve Racine made a season-high 40 saves while Jamie Phillips stopped 19 for the Huskies.
Michigan State defeated first-time tournament participant Ferris State (WCHA), 2-0, in the second semifinal matchup of the day in front of 16,455 college hockey fans. Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand stopped 31 shots, earning his fifth career shutout and first of the 2014-15 campaign. Brent Darnell’s game-winning goal came at 3:35 of the second period and Thomas Ebbing scored the empty-netter to seal the Michigan State victory with 58 seconds remaining in the game.
Tickets to tomorrow’s GLI Championship and Third-Place Game start at $15 and are on sale now at the JLA Box Office, (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com. Both matchups will air live on Fox Sports Detroit-Plus.