Undaunted by a two-goal deficit, West Michigan battled back to claim a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
West Michigan never led in the game until netting the game winner. West Michigan was down 2-0 after a power play goal by Pittsburgh\’s Nicholas Lyon at 8:04 in the first period. West Michigan tied things up at 2-2 on a goal by Charlie Osborne at 13:03 in the third period. West Michigan got the game winner at 19:20 in the third period on a goal by Osborne.
West Michigan was led by Dakota Ulmer, who tallied one goal.
West Michigan racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and three majors for 69 minutes in penalty time. West Michigan surpassed its season average of 26.0 penalty minutes per game. West Michigan kept Pittsburgh\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Jacob Stack made 48 saves on 51 shots.
Pittsburgh was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 41 minutes in penalty time. Pittsburgh had been averaging 13.0 minutes in penalties per game. Pittsburgh excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances. Pittsburgh forced West Michigan goalie Maxwell Barr to work between the pipes, taking 32 shots.
Pittsburgh was helped by Gavin Cummings, who finished with one goal. Cummings scored on the power play 4:02 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh earned a power play opportunity when Trevor Temple was put in the box for cross checking. Dominick Glavach picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Adam Schaffer, who had one and Elijah Williams, who had two.
Maxwell Barr made 30 saves for West Michigan on 32 shots. Team\’s Zach Hand and Ryan Price were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. Pittsburgh registered two goals on nine power play opportunities.