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By JERAMY STOVER, SPORTS EDITOR

The Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League will hold its annual conference tournament this week, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn will do the honors of hosting it.

The postseason tournament will kickoff Thursday night when Eastern Michigan and Rochester College square off in a play-in game. The winner of that game will go on to face the number one seed Davenport on Friday afternoon.

The hosting Wolverines have clinched the third seed in the tournament. They will play Indiana Tech Friday night at 8 p.m.

The Wolverines have struggled against Indiana Tech this season – losing two of the three games.

Head coach Chris Haltinner is confident his team will have plenty of motivation for the game.

“It’s exciting; I think guys can get up for it. They’re a little upset with the losses we had against them. This is a chance to rebound,” Haltinner said.

If the Wolverines can get past the Warriors they will play in the semifinals Saturday at 8 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday at 2 p.m. If the Wolverines don’t make the finals, it is likely to be between the top two seeded teams, Davenport and Adrian.

While it’ll be a hectic week for the staffs of both the hockey team and the Fieldhouse, Haltinner is happy his team doesn’t have to travel and is looking to claim victory on home ice.

“Guys are excited to play at home. It gives our seniors more time to play at home,” Haltinner said. “It’s our playoffs we’re gonna try and win it; if you’re not trying to win then what are you here for?”

With a national tournament bid sealed for the Wolverines, it’s fair to wonder if Haltinner will play his regular lineup. As of right now it sounds like the answer to that question is yes.

“As of right now we plan on going with our lineup because they’re gonna have some time before nationals. We want to get them ready,” Haltinner said. “We gotta get through Indiana Tech and we’ll go from there.”