In the first semifinal at the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational, host Michigan Tech skated to what will officially go down as a 2-2 tie with Michigan State. The two teams competed in a shootout to determine which team would advance to tomorrow evening's championship game, and which team would be swimming in tomorrow's consolation game. Michigan Tech won the shootout 2-1 in five rounds, with Ryan Furne netting the deciding goal.
The game started slowly, with no goals scored in the first half of the game. Jacob Johnstone got the scoring started for Michigan Tech at 13:10 of the second period to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead heading into the final frame.
In the third period, the action picked up with MIchigan State's Matt Berry getting the Spartans on the board when he scored a power play goal at the side of the net just 52 seconds into the period. Ryan Keller gave Michigan State a lead at 4:02 of the third when he deflected a shot by John Draeger from the point, and the puck took a big bounce off the hard, outdoor ice and over goalie Pheonix Copley.
But Michigan State could only hold the lead for 4:11, as Alex Petan scored what would go down as the game-tying goal for Michigan Tech.
Michigan Tech advances to tomorrow's championship game where they will meet the winner of the second semifinal between Michigan and Western Michigan. The Huskies will be looking for their second straight GLI title after ending a 32-year drought last year. Michigan State will face the loser of the second semifinal tomorrow afternoon in the consolation game.