Baltus Sends Michigan Tech Past Michigan State, 3-2, In Overtime At GLI
Junior forward Brent Baltus scores game-winning goal with 1:02 left in overtime for Huskies

Junior forward Brent Baltus scores game-winning goal for Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:24  MSU1-0 EV Matt DeBlouw (2)JT Stenglein/8, Rhett Holland/2
2nd 13:05  MSU2-0 PP Mackenzie MacEachern (8)Michael Ferrantino/11, Brennan Sanford/2
3rd 8:44  MTU1-2 EV Alex Gillies (2)Mark Auk/6, Brent Baltus/3
3rd 18:34  MTU2-2 EV Jake Lucchini (3)Mark Auk/7, Alex Gillies/5
OT 3:59  MTU3-2 EV GW Brent Baltus (5)Cliff Watson/3, Chris Leibinger/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Michigan State  11002
Michigan Tech  00213
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Michigan State  958123
Michigan Tech  91311336
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan State (5-12-2)  1/4 4/8 0
Michigan Tech (11-6-2)  0/4 4/8 0
Michigan State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jake Hildebrand (L, 5-11-1)63:593 9139233
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jamie Phillips (W, 11-5-2)63:592 848121

DETROIT - Brent Baltus scored the game-winning goal 3:58 into overtime to give Michigan Tech a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational semifinals today (Dec. 29) at Joe Louis Arena.

Alex Gillies and Jake Lucchini also scored for Tech, which advances to its third GLI title game during the Mel Pearson era. The Huskies last won the tournament crown in 2012.

"I thought it was an even game and a good game," said Pearson. "We've been off two weeks since our last game so you never know what you're going to get. We got better as the game went on and their goalie was great for two periods. I'm extremely proud of our players for staying with it and that's one thing about this team - they'll play until the end."

The comeback started 8:22 into the third period when Gillies knocked home a loose puck from the edge of the crease. After going hard to the net, Gillies was pushed into Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand but managed to regain his feet, find the puck sitting in the crease and bat it under Hildebrand to make it 2-1.

Then, with just 1:26 to play in regulation, Lucchini buried from the right circle to tie it. The play started when Mark Auk settled a loose puck and drew a defender to him before feathering a pass to Lucchini. The freshman moved to his forehand and put a wrister into the back of the net, setting the stage for Baltus' heroics.

The Huskies carried play for the majority of the contest and outshot Michigan State 36-23 - including a 27-14 advantage in the game's final 43:58.

Jamie Phillips started between the pipes for the Huskies and collected his 11th win of the season after turning in a 21-save effort.

Auk (0-2), Gillies (1-1) and Baltus (1-1) all had two points in the victory, while Cliff Watson and Chris Leibinger collected single assists.

Michigan Tech (11-6-2 overall; 9-6-1 WCHA) will play the winner of Michigan and Northern Michigan tomorrow (Dec. 30) in the 51st Great Lakes Invitational championship game. Puck-drop is set for 7 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena and the game can be seen live on FOX Sports Detroit.

NOTES: The Huskies were 0-4 on the power play. MSU scored once in four chances with the man-advantage ... Gillies' two-point night matched a single-game career-high ... Tech will be trying to win its 11th GLI title. The Huskies have previously won the event in 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 2012.