The Central Collegiate Hockey Association noticed the fine play of one Western Michigan University defenseman and named him the Gladiator Defenseman of the Week.
In addition to the standout work defending by Garrett Haar, Haar also had a productive weekend offensively. He scored a goal in each of the two games against St. Lawrence which doubled his total from last season.
“I’m just starting to get the puck on net and stuff’s starting to fall,” said Haar. “Coach has always harped on me for just getting the puck through. And that’s what I’ve been doing, and things are falling in.”
One of the goals scored by Haar, a sophomore from Huntington Beach California, ended up being the game winner in Saturday night’s contest. The win was a big one for the Broncos who had lost to the same team Friday night, and were down by a goal going into the third period.
“Going into the third… we knew what we had to do,” said Haar. “After last night, obviously we were disappointed, but I thought we came back tonight and played really hard in the first and third periods. Second period we struggled a little bit, but obviously in the third we came back and did what we had to do. So it was an exciting game.”
The Broncos are off to a 1-1 start on the young season. There are high expectations for the team this year after winning last year’s CCHA tournament and qualifying for the NCAA tournament. With returning defenders like Haar and Danny Dekeyser, WMU should be very competitive within the CCHA.
“I think we’re playing really well,” said Haar. “We’re a young team. We’re still working out some kinks. We’re gonna come back on Monday and work at it. We’re a work in progress for sure, but I know that within a couple weeks we’re gonna find our groove.”
Anyone wishing to see the Gladiator Defenseman of the Week, as well as the rest of the WMU hockey team, in action should come to Lawson Ice Arena this weekend as the Broncos will host Canisius Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.