Friday, December 30, 2011

Michigan vs. Michigan State for 2011 GLI Title

College hockey's most-played rivalry will take center ice at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday when No. 14 Michigan State faces No. 20 Michigan in the championship game of the 2011 Great Lakes Invitational.

MSU (11-6-2 overall) advanced to tonight's game with a 3-1 victory over Michigan Tech, on the strength of 45 saves by Drew Palmisano. Michigan (10-8-3) topped No. 3 Boston College by a 4-2 count, as Luke Glendening tallied a goal and an assist, including an empty-netter to ice the contest with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Spartans and Wolverines last met on Dec. 9-10. Michigan won the first contest, 4-3, in Ann Arbor before the two schools skated to a 3-3 tie the following night in East Lansing (with MSU winning the ensuing shootout, 1-0).

ADDENDUM: Michigan won, 3-2 in overtime, on a goal by Kevin Clare to earn its 15th GLI title all-time. Palmisano had 45 saves for MSU and set a GLI record with 90 stops in two games.

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