It looked like both Great Lakes Invitational semifinals would be decided via the shootout, until Western Michigan's Josh Pitt split the Michigan defense and scored a pretty goal with just under 19 seconds remaining in overtime to give Western Michigan a 3-2 overtime victory over Michigan. The win for Western Michigan sets up a rematch of last year's championship game between the Broncos and Michigan Tech, who advanced to the final earlier in the day with a shootout victory over Michigan State.
Courtesy of CJ Fogler, here's video of Pitt's pretty, game-winning goal:
Michigan got a shorthanded goal from JT Compher in the second period, less than two weeks after he was sent home from the US World Junior team with what appeared to be a broken foot, as well as a goal in the third period from Travis Lynch that sent the game to overtime.
The Wolverines will face Michigan State in the consolation game tomorrow afternoon, immediately followed by the championship game between Western Michigan and Michigan.