DETROIT - A lengthy video review confirmed the call on the ice that Michigan Tech's apparent game-tying goal with 29 seconds left was touched with a high stick and therefore disallowed. The score remained 2-1, giving No. 3-ranked Boston College the victory in the third-place game of the 47th Annual Great Lakes Invitational tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
For the second straight night, the Huskies (9-11-1) played right with their nationally-ranked opponent but didn't get the bounces.
With the extra attacker on the ice, Steven Seigo slapped a shot toward the goal and Jordan Baker redirected it. The puck bounced directly to Blake Pietila who buried his shot into an open net. The red light went on, but the referee immediately called it a high stick. The play was reviewed, and it was determined that the puck went directly from Baker's high stick to Pietila.
"You have to trust the replay officials," said head coach Mel Pearson. "We were tied 1-all with a great hockey team after two periods, and I thought we had a really good third period.
"It's disappointing we didn't get better results here this weekend, but our players can walk out of here with their heads up because they played well."
For the second straight game, the Huskies gave up the game's first goal on the power play. Just six seconds into a two-minute minor to Seigo for interference, the Eagles scored on a shot from the left circle. The goal came at the 4:04 mark of the first period.
The second goal of the contest came 11 minutes later, also while the Huskies were in the penalty box. This one evened up the score, however. Dennis Rix stole the puck at the blue line and rifled a shot into the top left corner. The goal-Tech's second shorthanded marker this season-was unassisted.
The teams skated through the second period and half of the third scoreless. That included a full minute of five-on-three power play time for the Eagles (13-7-0) early in the middle stanza.
Boston College scored the game-winner with 10:40 remaining as Brian Dumoulin intercepted a pass at neutral ice, skated down the left wing and buried a shot past Josh Robinson.
Tech had sustained pressure in the BC zone for much of the third period, but couldn't get the equalizer. The Huskies held a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal in the final period to finish the game tied at 25 in that category.
BC's Parker Milner stopped 24 shots while Robinson had 23 saves on 25 attempts for the second straight night.
The Huskies were 0-for-2 on the power play while the Eagles were 1-for-4.
Michigan Tech will take nearly two weeks off before returning to action at home vs Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 13-14.