Behind a stellar effort from senior captain Jed Ortmeyer, the Wolverines were able to overpower Michigan Tech in a thrilling 5-3 victory on Saturday. Ortmeyer scored Michigan's first two goals, and provided assists on goals number four and five.
The Wolverines took an early lead on the Ortmeyer's first goal at the 11:48 mark of the first period. However, Michigan Tech's answered with just 24 seconds left in the period.
With momentum on their side entering the second period, Michigan Tech grabbed the lead with a streak of luck, as the puck bounced of a leg and slipped behind the Michigan goal tender. The score came just 4:10 into the period. But Ortmeyer scored his second goal at the 10:35 mark, to knot the game up at 2-2. Michigan retook the lead at the 15:07 mark, when freshman forward Jeff Tambellini scored a power play-goal.
From that point on, the Wolverines didn't look back. Sophomore defenseman Brandon Rogers added another power-play goal just 5:19 into the third period, giving Michigan a more comfortable 4-2 lead. At the 17:35 mark, Michigan freshman forward Andrew Ebbett put the game out of reach with yet another power-play goal. Michigan Tech added a late goal, with just 27 seconds left in the game, leaving a 5-3 final score in favor of the Wolverines.
With this victory, Michigan advances to the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament, where they will face Boston University. The game will be played on Sunday (Dec. 29) at 5:05pm at Joe Louis Arena. Perfect timing for Detroit Lions fans; leaving Ford Field after the team's final game of the season. For those who enjoy watching the game at home, Michigan's match-up with Boston University will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit, coverage starting at 5:00pm EST.
(AP Photo/Paul Warner)
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