Western Michigan Crowned CCHA Tournament Champions
The Broncos built a 3-0 lead on goals by Ian Slater, Dane Walters and Chase Balisy before Michigan added two late goals to close the lead. Freshman goalie Frank Slubowski made 27 saves en route be being named CCHA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Defenseman Dan DeKeyser and forward Greg Squires, along with Slubowski, were named to the CCHA All-Tournament team.
Western Michigan took a 1-0 lead at 13:26 in the first period on Slater’s seventh of the season and fourth in the playoffs. J.J. Crew fired a shot from just beyond the left circle and Slater wrapped in the rebound. Crew tallied his third assist in three games and Jordan Oesterle also tallied a helper.
WMU pushed the lead to 2-0 at 12:02 in the second period on a power play goal by Walters. Balisy fired a shot from the slot and a scramble ensued for the rebound with Walters back-handing it in for his 16th goal of the season and sixth career goal against Michigan.
Balisy pushed the lead to 3-0 at 17:56 in the second period after Shane Berschbach found him alone at the side of the net for his 13th goal of the season.
Kevin Clare and Lee Moffie each tallied for the Wolverines but the Broncos were able to shut Michigan down for the final minutes to secure their first CCHA Tournament Title since 1986.
Stay tuned to www.wmubroncos.com as their NCAA Tournament future is decided on Sunday afternoon. The NCAA Selection Show can be seen on ESPNU at noon.