Senior forward Tim Miller and freshman forward David Wohlberg were honored as the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward and Rookie of the Year respectively at the CCHA Awards tonight.
Miller posted 7-6-13 in 28 conference games and had a +10 rating. He helped the Wolverines penalty kill unit dismiss 91.8% of their opponent’s chances in conference action, which ranked second in the league, and he led all U-M forwards with 22 blocked shots. Miller really found his role as a defensive specialist this season and has been a joy to watch on the penalty kill with his nonstop hustling and tying up the puck in the opponent’s zone. It’s great to see him get recognized for his efforts.
Wohlberg is the second consecutive Wolverine to receive Rookie of the Year honors (Max Pacioretty won last season). Another great story this season, here’s a kid who last season played with the U.S. Under-18 Team, got demoted to the Under-17 Team, started out on the fourth line with the Wolverines, and worked his way up the chart to the top line and playing in all situations. Quite a journey to say the least.
Wohlberg posted 11-12-23 in CCHA action and tied for the rookie scoring title with Notre Dame’s Billy Maday. He led all CCHA freshmen with three game-winning goals, was fourth in overall team scoring with 29 points, second with 14 goals, and had nine multi-point games. Wohlberg was recently named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team and in December was both the CCHA Rookie of the Month and Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Month.
Michigan will face off against Alaska in the CCHA Semifinal Friday night at 8:05 p.m. ET at Joe Louis Arena. If you can’t catch the game, the live blog will be rolling along here, so stop by and join us!