DETROIT — The Bowling Green State University hockey team defeated Michigan Tech 4-1 in the championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational played at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.
The Falcons (10-6-6) claimed their first-ever title in their third appearance in the GLI, after beating Michigan 6-4 on Monday for the program’s first win in the tournament.
The Huskies moved to 10-8-5 on the season.
Bowling Green forward Brett D'Andrea (18) prepares to pass the puck during the first period of a Great Lakes Invitational college hockey game against Michigan Tech Tuesday in Detroit.
Brett D’Andrea gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead after one period, when he scored with 1 minute, 43 seconds left. D’Andrea scored on his 24th birthday as BG skated with a 4-on-3 advantage.
The Huskies tied the game at 1-1 when Jake Lucchini netted a power-play goal at 2:37 of the second, but the Falcons regained the lead when Connor Ford scored at the 8:04 mark.
Then Bowling Green pulled away with a pair of goals 63 seconds apart in the third. John Schilling scored at 12:10, and Tyler Spezia found the back of the net at 13:13.
BG’s Eric Dop finished with 29 saves in the contest, while Robbie Beydoun of Michigan Tech stopped 21 shots.
The Falcons’ Lukas Craggs was named tournament MVP, while Dop and Alec Rauhauser also were named to the all-tournament team.
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