By Aarif Deen, Assistant Sports Information Director
DEARBORN, Mich. – The No. 1 seed University of Michigan-Dearborn men's hockey team defeated No. 4 seed Lawrence Tech in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament semifinal on Saturday at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena.
The Wolverines scored three goals in a four-minute stretch late in the second period to pull away for a 4-1 victory, advancing to the WHAC Championship Game and improving to 28-2-1 on the season.
After taking an early 1-0 lead off a goal from Billy Brock, UM-Dearborn got into penalty trouble. A power-play goal from the Blue Devils tied the game at 1-1 before the first intermission. In the second, the Wolverines took three straight penalties, but Thomas Proudlock stood tall in goal to keep the game tied.
After killing off the first two penalties, UM-Dearborn capitalized on the third shorthanded opportunity, as Tyler Groat went in on a breakaway and to make it 2-1. The Wolverines took control from there, as John Barlow added a goal just over a minute later.
UM-Dearborn took advantage of its third power play of the night, as Brock added his second of the game to give the Wolverines a three-goal lead before the break.
In goal, Proudlock recorded 16 saves, including six during the early portion of the second period, to earn his 25th victory of the season.
The Wolverines look for a second straight WHAC Postseason Tournament Championship at 1 pm tomorrow at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena. UM-Dearborn will play No. 2 seed Indiana Tech, which defeated No. 3 Aquinas in the second semifinal on Saturday.
WHAC Conference Awards for UM-Dearborn:
Player of the Year: Tyler Groat
Newcomer of the Year: Dawson Richard
Coach of the Year: Chris Haltinner
Champion of Character: Tyler Dalton
WHAC Tournament Results:
Friday, March 8
No. 4 Lawrence Tech 5, No. 5 Concordia 2
Saturday, March 9, 2019
No. 1 UM-Dearborn 4, No. 4 Lawrence Tech 1
No. 2 Indiana Tech 7, No. 3 Aquinas 1
Sunday, March 10
No. 1 UM-Dearborn vs. No. 2 Indiana Tech, 1 PM