Michigan's Defense Wins CCHA Championship and Awards

March 17, 2011

DETROIT, Mich. -- Senior left wing Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) and senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) of the University of Michigan ice hockey team were each honored for their defensive prowess at the CCHA Awards held on Thursday (March 17) at the Fox Theatre. Hagelin was voted the league's Best Defensive Forward, while Hunwick collected the Best Goaltender award.

The CCHA regular-season champion Wolverines led the league in team defense, surrendering just 2.04 goals per game. Hunwick is the third Michigan goaltender to earn the Best Goaltender accolade (Steve Shields, Marty Turco).

In CCHA play, Hagelin led the Maize and Blue in every major statistical category: goals (15), assists (22) and points (37). He was also tops in power-play goals (6), game-winning goals (5) and plus/minus (+14). He committed just seven penalties and helped U-M to a penalty kill rate of 87.2 percent. Overall, Hagelin boasts a season line of 17-30-47 to pace U-M. With two assists against Bowling Green last week, he reached the 150-point plateau for his career (60-90-150 in 165 games). Hagelin is the seventh Wolverine to earn Best Defensive Forward, following in the footsteps of Mike Stone (1994), John Madden (1997), Jed Ortmeyer (2003), Dwight Helminen (2004), Eric Nystrom (2005) and Tim Miller (2009).

The Best Goaltender award is determined by goals-against average. Hunwick boasted the best GAA (1.95) and highest save percentage (.931) among starting netminders in the CCHA. Hunwick started the final 18 games of the CCHA season and earned a record of 14-6-1 with two shutouts; he also shared one shutout. The 14 wins also tie for most in the CCHA. Nevertheless, he was left off the All-CCHA teams last week, which are voted upon by the league's coaches.

Michigan heads to Joe Louis Arena this weekend (Fri-Sat., March 18-19) for the CCHA Championship. The Wolverines will face Western Michigan at 8:05 p.m. on Friday with television provided by FS Detroit Plus. The result of Friday's semifinal game will dictate the Maize and Blue's schedule on Saturday against either second-seeded Notre Dame or third-seeded Miami. The third-place game (3:35 p.m.) will precede the title game (7:35 p.m.), while both games will be televised by FS Detroit Plus.

Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423

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