-- Western Michigan University jumped out to a 3-0 lead
and freshman goalie Frank Slubowski held on to the lead as the
Bronco’s won the 2012 Central Collegiate Hockey Association
tournament championship at Joe Louis Arena. The 3-2 win over Michigan
also meant an automatic NCAA bid. A late Michigan rally came up
appearing in his 31 game for Western (21-12-4) was tournament
MVP. The 20 year old from western Canada finished with 27 saves.
Opposing net minder Shawn Hunwick made 22 saves for the Wolverines.
first line of Chase Balisy, Dane Walters and Shane Berschbach
was the difference for the Bronco’s. They combined for two
WMU goals, one from Walters and one from Balisy. Sophomore defenseman
Luke Witkowski was steady on the blue line and senior captain
Ian Slater got the first tally for the Bronco’s at 13:26
of the first period.
tough to talk after something like that,” WMU head coach
Andy Murray said post game. “I’m just so happy for
our players. This is all about them. It’s all about their
commitment. All year they worked extremely hard.”
who is in his first year at WMU has previously coached in the
NHL, in Europe and for Team Canada.
crowd was 10,421. An added-value activity was the CCHA Fan Fest
at the GM Winter Garden at the Ren-Cen.
more information on the NCAA Frozen Four, visit www.ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1
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