Ice Hockey: Michigan Coasts in GLI Opener

On the ice for the first time since being swept by No. 3 Notre Dame, the Wolverines got back on the winning track against Michigan Tech on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Michigan knocked off the Huskies 4-1 despite the absences of both Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano. Captain Matt Hunwick recorded two goals for the Wolverines.

No Jack Johnson or Andrew Cogliano? No problem. Michigan improved to 13-7-0 in the seasons second half opener with a convincing 4-1 win over Michigan Tech in the opening round of the 42nd annual Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday night. Captain Matt Hunwick led the Michigan offense with his first two goals of the season, and Travis Turnball and Brian Lebler each chipped in with a goal apiece.

After opening the first period with back and forth play that saw both sides whittle away scoring chances, Michigan captain Matt Hunwick put the Wolverines on top with the first goal of the game in the final minutes of the first period.

Hunwick, pinching in from the right point, picked up a backhand pass from Kevin Porter between the circles and fired a shot over the near side shoulder of Huskies goalie Rob Nolan from the right face-off circle at 18:43.

Michigan out shot Michigan Tech 10-8 in the opening frame and held the 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes.

Travis Turnball made it 2-0 at 4:14 of the second period. Grabbing control of the puck in the neutral zone, T.J. Hensick relayed a pass up to winger Kevin Porter. Porter flew in along the left boards and fired another backhand pass, this to Turnball. Turnball picked up the puck between the circles and faked the forehand before flipping it over Nolan's shoulder with the backhand.

Hunwick's second goal of the night, another wrist shot into the top-shelf of the net put the game out of reach at 10:11. Hunwick picked the puck up on a cross-ice feed from the right corner that drew Nolan out of position.

Michigan made it 4-0 four minutes later. Brian Lebler scored his sixth goal of the season from just off the left post after a forehand fake from Morgan Ward drew Nolan to the near post. Tim Miller also recorded an assist on the play after flying through the air to catch a clearing attempt and keep the puck in the Wolverines offensive zone.

Michigan out shot the Huskies again in the second frame and held a 4-0 lead through the period.

Both teams exchanged scoring opportunities over the final period. Michigan Tech scored their lone goal of the night with 1:16 left on the clock beating Michigan goalie Billy Sauer on a rebound from just outside the crease while skating with a power play. Sauer recorded 27 saves in the net for the Wolverines.

With the win, Michigan advances to the GLI Championship Game against Michigan State scheduled for 7:36 p.m. on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. FSN Detroit will provide television coverage as the Wolverines attempt to claim the GLI for the first time since 1996.

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