University of Michigan ice hockey freshmanDavid Wohlberg(South Lyon, Mich.)
earned CCHA Rookie of the Year honors, while seniorTim Miller(Davisburg, Mich.)
was recognized as the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Awards Show on Thursday evening (March 19) at the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.
Wohlberg is the second straight Wolverine freshman (Max Pacioretty, 2008) to be named CCHA Rookie of the Year. U-M has collected 11 CCHA Rookie of the Year awards. Miller is the sixth Michigan player to garner CCHA Best Defensive Forward accolades. U-M won three straight from 2003-05 (Jed Ortmeyer, Dwight Helminen, Eric Nystrom).
Wohlberg finished the regular season tied for the CCHA rookie scoring title with an 11-12-23 line in 28 games. The New Jersey Devils' draft pick led CCHA freshmen with three gamewinners. Overall, Wohlberg ranks fourth in points on U-M's squad with 14-15-29 totals. His 14 goals are second on the team. Wohlberg has nine multi-point games on the season, including a pair of two-goal games and a pair of three-assist efforts. Early last week, Wohlberg was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. In December, the freshman earned Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month and CCHA Rookie of the Month honors. Billy Maday (Notre Dame) and Zac Dalpe (Ohio State) were the other two finalists for the Rookie of the Year award.
Miller posted 7-6-13 totals in 28 games of CCHA play, and had a +10 plus/minus rating. The senior forward has excelled at both ends of the ice with a career-high 10 goals overall for a total of 18 points this season. He has a +11 rating and has registered 59 PIM. His 22 blocked shots also lead U-M forwards this season. Miller guided Michigan to a91.8-percent success rate in CCHA penalty killing, which ranks second in the conference, and its overall 88.1-percentpenalty-killing rate is seventh in the country. Over the last six games, the Wolverines have negated 28-of-29 power plays faced. The other Best Defensive Forward candidates were Carter Camper (Miami) and Erik Condra (Notre Dame).
Michigan heads to Joe Louis Arena this weekend (March 20-21) for the CCHA Championship. The Wolverines will face Alaska at 8:05 p.m. on Friday and will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The result of Friday's semifinal game will dictate the Maize and Blue's schedule on Saturday against either second-ranked Notre Dame or Northern Michigan. The third-place game (3:35 p.m.) will precede the title game (7:35 p.m.), which will be broadcast on FSN Detroit. Contact:
Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423