GLI Champions!

No. 1 Michigan is the GLI Champion for the first time in over 10 years. 2:32 into double-overtime period, junior Travis Turnbull broke a scoreless tie with a redirection in front of the Michigan Tech Huskies net to give the Maize and Blue its first GLI title since the 1996 season. Billy Sauer made 37 saves in the win.

DETROIT -- It took 82 minutes for the Wolverines to beat Michigan Tech goalie Rob Nolan, but when they did it was the only one they would need to claim he 2007 Great Lakes Invitational Championship in Saturday nights tournament title game at the Red Wings Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

2:32 into the second overtime period, junior Travis Turnbull tipped a Scooter Vaughan shot into the left side of the net to propel the Wolverines to their first GLI title in over 10 years with a 1-0 win over the hosting Michigan Tech Huskies.

Michigan goalie Billy Sauer recorded his second straight shutout, this one brushing aside 37 shots, to backstop the Wolverines and earn the tournaments Most Valuable Player honors.

"We all know that goalkeeping is huge in big games and we treated this weekend as a big weekend for Michigan," Michigan coach Red Berenson said after Michigan's hard-fought 1-0 win in the tournaments final game.

"I know these players are tired about hearing about how many years we have lost. Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik are our only two seniors, and they know the heartbreak that comes when you lose the championship game.

"So, when you get the goalkeeping that Billy Sauer gave us, it just makes our team that much better."

Sauer was tested early and often. Despite the Maize and Blue holding a 13-12 edge in shots in the first period, the physical nature of the game was more to the Huskies suiting.

Michigan Tech continued to apply pressure into the second period. The Huskies out shot the Wolverines 10-6 in the second period, but each goalie skated with the 0-0 tie into the third period.

1:50 into the final period Sauer made the save of the game. After a pinching defenseman failed to keep the puck on the Huskies side of the ice, Tyler Shelast carried the puck into the Michigan zone all by himself. He tried quickly snapping the puck over Sauer's glove side, but the Michigan goalie snatched the puck out of midair to maintain the shutout.

Tim Miller skated in with a breakaway in the final two minutes to give the Wolverines their best scoring chance of the game. His backhand shot was pushed wide of the net by Nolan, and the teams would eventually skate into overtime still 0-0.

Miller would get another chance minutes into the first overtime, but after being tripped and colliding into the Michigan net, the goal was waved off as the net started to lift off its moorings before the puck trickled over the line.

Sauer made one final save going post-to-post to deny Jimmy Kerr the game-winning goal just over halfway through the period.

In the second overtime, the Huskies rang a shot off Michigan's right post just minutes before Turnbull's game-winning goal.

Sauer made 88 saves on 88 shots to run his shutout streak to 166:07. The stretch shatters his old record, set earlier this year, by near 40 minutes.

Now 18-2-0 on the season, the No. 1 Wolverines receive the weekend off before skating in an exhibition against the U.S. National Team Developmental Program Under-18 team on Tue., Jan. 6, at Yost Ice Arena.

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