Wolverines Overpower Spartans in GLI

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan was ultimately too much for Michigan State to handle.
Travis Turnbull and Brandon Naurato each had a goal and an assist and Bryan Hogan made 19 saves to lift the Wolverines to a 5-1 win over the Spartans in the championship game of the 44th Annual Great Lakes Invitational on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
Ben Winnett, Brandon Naurato, Tim Miller and Louis Caporusso, the tournament MVP, also scored for Michigan (13-7-0) and Chris Summers added three assists.
"Our team skated well tonight for whatever reason," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We had our legs and we were jumping."
It was Michigan's third win in three games over their archrivals Michigan State this season, but the first time Michigan has beaten Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational's championship game since 1995, after losing five consecutive title contests to the Spartans.
Matt Schepke scored for Michigan State (5-12-3) and Jeff Lerg stopped 49 shots.
Michigan outshot Michigan State 36-5 in the final two periods.
"Once they got going, there was nothing we could do," Michigan State coach Rick Comley said. "Our young kids just couldn't handle all of that speed and strength."
Michigan scored three goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead.
Winnett scored his second goal 2:11 into the period, Naurato put in a power-play goal with 5:22 left in the middle period for his fourth tally and Miller got his goal fifth goal, with 2:32 remaining in the period.
"We just stuck with the game plan" in the second period, Caporusso said.
He added his 18th goal and fourth of the tournament on the power-play 1:16 into the third period.
Schepke opened the scoring with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 7:32 left in the first period. It was his 10th goal and he also scored all three of MSU's goals for the tournament.
Turnbull tied it with 3:42 left in the opening period.
Joining Caporusso on the All-Tournament Team were Schepke, Michigan Tech's Jordan Baker, Michigan defenseman Chris Summers, Michigan defenseman Chad Langlais and Hogan.


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