In their third all-time appearance, the Bowling Green Falcons claimed their first MacInnes Cup with a 4-1 win over the Michigan Tech Huskies in the Great Lakes Invitational championship game on January 2 during the first GLI at Little Caesars Arena. Michigan defeated Michigan State, 6-4, in the third-place game of the 53rd annual holiday tournament.
Bowling Green competed in the GLI for the first time since 1984 and was led to victory by freshman goaltender Eric Dop, who made 29 saves in the championship game win and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Bowling Green sophomore forward Lukas Craggs was named GLI MVP after earning two goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in the tournament.
Lake Superior State will join the tournament field next season, joining Michigan, Michigan State and host Michigan Tech. More information about the 54th annual Great Lakes Invitational will be announced at a later date.
The most-played rivalry in the history of college hockey once again took center stage on February 10 as Michigan edged Michigan State, 3-2, in the first-ever Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena.
With goals from forwards Cooper Marody and Jake Becker and defenseman Quinn Hughes, the Wolverines eked out a victory over their bitter rivals, earning the coveted Iron D trophy and winning the season series against the Spartans.