2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Diego Cuglietta scored at 3:55 of overtime for the Lakers
Cuglietta Scores in Overtime to Send Lake Superior State Past Michigan State, 4-3
Senior forward Diego Cuglietta scored at 3:55 of overtime for the Lakers

DETROIT - Lake Superior State hockey overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Michigan State 4-3 in overtime in the Great Lakes Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.

Senior center Diego Cuglietta scored twice, including the game winner in overtime.

The win, which is the first for the Lakers (10-6-1) in the Great Lakes Invitational since 1996, gives the Lakers 10 wins on the season - matching their win total from all of last season when they finished 10-22-4.

Lake Superior State fell behind Michigan State (6-10-1) 2-0 early in the game. Dennis Cesana scored the first goal of the game at 3:31 of the first period and Wojciech Stachowiak scored the second goal at the 10:13 mark.

However, the Lakers would score the next three goals to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

Senior winger Anthony Nellis scored the first Laker goal - unassisted - at 11:09 of the first period to make the score 2-1. He walked the puck out from the right boards along the top of the circle and scored on a wrist shot from the high slot.

Cuglietta tied the game at 2-2 at 15:42 of the first period. Nellis fired a shot looking for a deflection and Cuglietta, stationed near the crease, redirected the puck into the net for a power-play goal. Junior defenseman Collin Saccoman and Nellis assisted on the play.

Junior winger Max Humitz gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead at 7:29 of the second period on a wraparound. Saccoman and sophomore defenseman Lukas Kaelble tallied assists on the play.

After the Spartans scored the only goal of the third period to force overtime, Cuglietta provided the overtime heroics with the game-winning goal at 3:05 to give the Lakers the 4-3 win. Freshman defenseman Jacob Nordqvist skated the puck to just behind the goal line to the right side of the net before passing to Cuglietta, who quickly fired the puck into the net before the goalie could react.

Senior netminder Nick Kossoff (8-2-1) made 29 saves for the Lakers, while John Lethemon (4-6-0) stopped 26 shots for the Spartans.

The Lakers went 1-of-3 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

With the win, Lake Superior State advances to the Great Lakes Invitational Championship Game against Michigan Tech at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Game Summary

Sunday, December 30, 2018
Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, MI)

Game statistics
30 Shots 32
1 / 3 Power Plays 0 / 3
4 / 8 PIM 4 / 8
10-6-1 Records 6-10-1
Lake Superior State Michigan State
Dennis Cesana (2)
Wojciech Stachowiak (1)
Anthony Nellis (11)
Diego Cuglietta (10)
1st/15:42 PP
Max Humitz (5)
Wojciech Stachowiak (2)
Diego Cuglietta (11)
OT/3:05  GW
Lake Superior State Michigan State
Nick Kossoff
63:04, 29 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 8-2-1)

Empty Net
0:01, 0 GA
John Lethemon
62:32, 26 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 4-6-0)

Empty Net
0:33, 0 GA