Oct 222016

Max McHugh scored twice, but the Chargers could not dig out of another early hole in a 5-2 loss to Lake Superior State at the Von Braun Center on Saturday.

UAH (2-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 WCHA) is now winless in its last six games, while the Lakers remained undefeated at 4-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in WCHA play.


The first crucial error was committed by the Lakers, and the Chargers’ leading scorer pounced. A turnover behind the net led to a loose puck in the slot, and Max McHugh was there to chip it over Lake Superior goaltender Gordon Defiel for a 1-0 UAH lead just one minute in.

LSSU tied the game at the 8:50 mark on the power play following a Hans Gorowsky holding penalty. J.T. Henke’s shot from the left point bounced off UAH goalie Jordan Uhelski and left him staggered, and Anthony Nellis was there to put in the rebound.

With 4:06 left in the period, the Lakers took a 2-1 lead after a UAH turnover. It left Bryan Basilico with the puck, getting around a defender, and backhanding it past Uhelski.

Lake Superior padded the lead early in the second, when Mitch Hults beat Uhelski from the slot at 1:33.

Nellis scored his second goal of the game with 5:40 left in the second. He was all alone in front of Uhelski, receiving a Henke pass from the boards, dekeing Uhelski, beating him high, and making it 4-1 Lakers.

McHugh then got his second goal of the night on a power play early in the third to put the Chargers within striking distance. After Nellis tripped Brennan Saulnier, McHugh shot the puck from the goal line, ricocheting it off LSSU defenseman Aidan Wright and in. Saulnier and Jordan Larson got the assists.

While UAH was down 4-2, it became more difficult after Gorowsky checked Kris Bindulis hard from behind, earning Gorowsky a 5-minute major and game misconduct with 11:14 left in regulation.

The Chargers killed off the major power play, with Uhelski making five saves.

The Lakers sealed the game with 1:56 to go, as Diego Cuglietta deflected a pass while diving toward the net.

Lake Superior State outshot UAH 33-20 for the game, including a 15-9 margin in the third period with the help of the major power play. Uhelski finished with 28 saves while Defiel had 18 stops.

UAH heads to St. Cloud State for non-conference action next week. The Chargers return home in three weeks to face Alaska.

Oct 212016

It hasn’t rained hardly any in Huntsville the past month. But so far this season for the Chargers, when it does rain, it certainly does pour. And coming home after three straight weekends on the road has not helped, at least not yet.

UAH lost to Lake Superior State by a score of 6-3 on Friday at the Von Braun Center in its home opener. After starting the season with two wins, the Chargers have lost four of their last five with a tie. In the four loses, UAH has been outscored 23-6.


UAH fell to 2-2-1 in WCHA play, while it was the conference opener Lake Superior State (3-0-0 overall).

The Lakers, who scored 13 goals in a season-opening sweep over Michigan State at home, got back at it early in this one. Brayden Gelsinger beat UAH goaltender Matt Larose at a narrow angle, just in front of the goal line on the left side, at 1:03.

Lake Superior State made it 2-0 at 10:44 as Gage Torrel snuck the puck past Larose and a crowd of Chargers in front of the net, just after a Laker power play ended.

UAH got on the board early in the second period, as Brennan Saulnier from the left boards fed Josh Kestner in the high slot, and Kestner slapped the puck past Gordon Defiel at 3:34.

Then the Lakers unloaded with four goals in 7:27. Gelsinger got it started, skating his way around a couple of Chargers and scored high on Larose to make it 3-1.

LSSU would get another sneaker in with 6:58 left in the second, thanks to Diego Cuglietta, for a 4-1 lead.

Cuglietta struck gain with a shorthanded breakaway with 4:48 left. 5-1 Lakers. Then J.T. Henke scored with 1:41 left. 6-1 Lakers.

Jordan Uhelski came into the third period at goal for UAH, stopping all six shots he faced.

Jordan Larson scored his second goal of the season at 3:06 of the third to cut LSSU’s lead to 6-2. He was assisted by Matt Salhany, who won the faceoff in the right circle and passed to Larson in the slot.

Brandon Salerno’s backhander at the doorstep with 1:29 left made it 6-3, assisted by Josh Kestner and John Teets, who got his first UAH career point.

The Chargers had more offensive pressure in the third period, outshooting the Lakers 11-6. That evened the final shots count at 31 apiece.

UAH lost its home opener for the eighth consecutive season.

Game two of the series is Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.

Three stars of the game:

  1. Diego Cuglietta, LSSU (2 goals, 1 assist)
  2. Brayden Gelsinger, LSSU (2 goals)
  3. Josh Kestner, UAH (1 goal, 1 assist)


Oct 202016
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Lake Superior State

The Chargers open their home schedule after three weeks on the road against Lake Superior State for a two-game WCHA set.

Promotions: On Friday, the first 300 fans receive a free UAH hockey schedule magnet. On Saturday, the first 500 fans receive a set of UAH hockey trading cards, and the UAH Homecoming king and queen will be crowned. Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, available at the box office the day of each home hockey game.

All-time series: The Chargers and Lakers have split 14 meetings, 6-6-2, since the series started in 2005. UAH, however, is 4-0-1 in the last five, with the last four games taking place in Sault Ste. Marie. The Chargers are only 1-5 against the Lakers in Huntsville, with the last series being a split back in the 2014-15 season.

Charger recap: UAH (2-3-0 overall, 2-1-1-0 WCHA) saw its struggles continue to start last week’s series at Michigan Tech, falling 7-3 on Friday. Brandon Salerno, Max McHugh, and Jordan Larson scored third-period goals for the Chargers, but not before the Huskies had already decided the game by taking a 6-0 lead. UAH’s penalty killing was a real problem, allowing four power play goals.

Saturday saw the Chargers hang tougher, with particularly better defense, to snag a 1-1 tie and their first-ever point against the Huskies in 12 tries. Michigan Tech scored just 31 seconds into the 3-on-3 overtime to earn the extra point in the WCHA standings. Jordan Uhelski stopped 29 of 30 shots in his first collegiate start for the Chargers. Kurt Gosselin scored UAH’s lone goal.

LEADING SCORERS: Max McHugh (6 GP, 3-1-4); Kurt Gosselin (6 GP, 1-2-3); Jordan Larson (6 GP, 1-2-3); Josh Kestner (6 GP, 0-3-3).

GOALTENDING: Matt Larose (5 GP, 4.38 GAA, .878 SV%); Jordan Uhelski (3 GP, 2.03 GAA, .929 SV%).

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (2-0-0 overall, 0-0-0-0 WCHA) was the last conference team to start its season last week, and the Lakers began their 50th season with a dominant sweep of Michigan State at home, 6-1 and 7-3.

Sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick turned in a six-point weekend, scoring a goal and two assists on Friday and dishing out three assists on Saturday. J.T. Henke, Gage Torrel, Gus Correale and Max Humitz each scored two goals last weekend.

Sophomore goaltender Gordon Defiel stopped 49 of 53 Spartan shots on the weekend.

The Lakers were picked to finish seventh in the WCHA coaches’ and media preseason polls.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, Oct. 21
Lake Superior State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#9 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
#19 Ohio State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #11 Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
#18 Bemidji State at #1 North Dakota, 7:37 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22
* Lake Superior State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
* #9 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at #19 Ohio State, 6:05 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #11 Michigan, 6:35 p.m.
#18 Bemidji State at #1 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

Oct 152016

On the one hand, UAH played a lot better, particularly defensively. And, the Chargers finally earned a point in Houghton, which has been major trouble spot.

But Reid Sturros’s goal 31 seconds into the 3-on-3 second overtime gave Michigan Tech the extra point in the WCHA standings. It was the first official WCHA game to use the new overtime rules, which determine a winner for all league games.


Technically, how the NCAA will considers it, UAH (2-3-1 overall, 2-1-1 WCHA) earned a 1-1 tie with Michigan Tech (1-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 WCHA). The Chargers were 0-11 overall and 0-7 in Houghton against the Huskies coming into the contest, and considering how bad things were with getting swept at Connecticut and the 7-3 loss to MTU on Friday, it’s still significant.

The Chargers certainly their best start in two weeks, even though the first period was scoreless. UAH outshot MTU by an 8-5 margin, and the Chargers didn’t commit the critical turnovers that had plagued them in the first periods of the last three games.

UAH’s best chance to score happened when Tech goaltender Devin Kero, who didn’t play Friday, misplayed a puck that went to Max McHugh, whose backhander hit the crossbar.

The five shots on net the Huskies got were solid, and Jordan Uhelski, making his first start ever between the pipes for UAH, made the stops.

Uhelski was really tested in the second period, as the Huskies had the pressure throughout most of the frame. Tech outshot UAH 12-4 for the second.

The action flowed both ways in the third, and finally it was the Huskies who broke through. Matt Roy’s blast from the right point beat Uhelski with 9:30 left in regulation broke the scoreless deadlock.

The question was how the Chargers would respond. They did not fold, and quickly answered with the equalizer 40 seconds later. Kurt Gosselin’s shot from the left side found the right side of the net, eluding Kero’s glove for this first goal of the season. Brandon Carlson and Max McHugh got the assists.

Uhelski then had to make some saves to keep things going beyond regulation, including stopping Jake Lucchini all alone in front with under seven minutes left.

Each team had great chances in the final minute. Matt Salhany had a partial break and a shot stopped by Kero. Then Brent Baltus had a chance for Michigan Tech, but his shot went over the crossbar.

The game then went to the normal overtime with the score tied 1-1. Most of the action was in the UAH end, but Uhelski and the Chargers survived to get the official tie.

Uhelski finished with 29 saves on 30 shots.

The Chargers finally play their home opening series against Lake Superior State on Oct. 21 and 22.

Oct 142016

What seemed to be signs of turning the corner has become just trying to be competitive at this point.

UAH lost Michigan Tech 7-3 on Friday in Houghton, losing its three straight game after winning the first two of the season at Ferris State. The Chargers (2-3-0 overall, 2-1-0 WCHA) have been outscored 17-3 during the losing streak.


Meanwhile, it was business as usual for the Huskies (1-4-0 overall, 1-2-0 WCHA) when they play the Chargers. They now lead the all-time series 11-0 with a 7-0 mark in Houghton.

It started innocent enough. The Huskies spent some time in the UAH end, then the Chargers asserted some offensive zone time.

Then it was all Michigan Tech.

At 8:20, Mark Auk’s shot from the point went through a heavy screen and found its way to the net for a 1-0 Huskies lead.

Just 15 seconds later, Dylan Steman sped down the right side. His inital shot was stopped by Larose, but Steman somehow snuck the rebound between him and the pipe. 2-0 Tech.

The Huskies commandeered the rest of the period, and made it 3-0 on the power play with 5:42 to go. A loose puck came to Shane Hanna in the slot, and he flung it over Larose’s left shoulder.

Michigan Tech ended up with a 17-4 shots on goal advantage after the opening frame, which has become a problem for UAH. The Chargers have allowed three, two, and three goals in the first period in each of the last three games, scoring none.

Second period wasn’t much better. Tech scored just 26 seconds in with the power play, with Jake Lucchini getting the goal as the puck trickled in off of Larose’s leg.

Then at the 7:01 mark, Chris Leibringer made it 5-0 Huskies. After allowing two goals on two shots to start the second, Larose was pulled for Jordan Uhelski.

Oddly enough, it was the Chargers who were getting more rubber on goal. They were able to get 15 on Tech goaltender Matt Wintjes in the second period. But he stopped them all.

Uhelski would stop six of seven Husky shots in the period. He allowed a Reid Sturros goal on the power play with 12:32 left for a 6-0 lead.

The Chargers would score three goals in the third, but the game was all but decided.

Brandon Salerno would finally get UAH on the board with his first college goal at 2:08 of the third. He was assisted by Brandon Parker and Jordan Larson.

Alex Smith added a goal for MTU in the third.

Max McHugh followed with a power play goal for UAH, his third of the season, with 5:27 left. Josh Kestner and Parker had the assists.

Larson tallied his first UAH career goal with 3:42 left, assisted by Cody Champagne and Matt Salhany for the final 7-3 score.

Michigan Tech out shot UAH 36-29. Larose made 14 saves, and Uhelski made 15 saves.

Game two of the series is Saturday at 6:07 p.m. Central Time.