Dec 092016
 

The Chargers’ home record may need some work, but their road record is shoring up nicely.

UAH defeated Northern Michigan in Marquette by a 4-1 score Friday night, improving its WCHA road record to 5-1-1 on the season.

The Chargers (6-11-2 overall, 6-7-2 WCHA) have won three straight away contests for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

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It was UAH’s first ever win at Northern Michigan (4-13-2 overall, 2-10-1 WCHA), which has yet to win at home this season (0-7-1).

The Wildcats had a good start, though, thanks to noted thorn-in-UAH’s-side Dominik Shine. Shine picked the puck off of Brandon Parker near the UAH blue line, skated in alone on Jordan Uhelski and beat him five-hole at 9:32. It was Shine’s eighth career goal and 14th point against UAH in 13 games.

 

UAH tied the game at 14:27 when Cody Marooney backhanded a loose puck in the crease just between the post and NMU goalie Atte Tolvanen. Marooney’s first goal of the season was assisted by Regan Soquila and Brent Fletcher.

The Chargers took a 2-1 lead with seven seconds left in the first when, as a UAH power play expired, Brandon Parker unleashed a blast from the point. Hans Gorowsky and Josh Kestner got the assists.

UAH extended its lead with two goals in the second period.

With 7:11 remaining, off the face off in the NMU zone, Max McHugh scored his sixth goal of the season — snapping a 10-game goal-less streak — for a 3-1 Charger lead. John Teets had the assist.

Then with 4:50 to go in the frame, Josh Kestner slid the puck past Tolvanen from the left circle to make it 4-1 UAH. Tyler Poulsen had the primary assist with his pass from the boards, and Parker got the other helper.

It was a busy period all around for Tolvanen as UAH outshot 17-7. Tolvanen had 29 saves on the night.

NMU had some chances to close the gap in the third period, including an extended power play situation thanks to overlapping penalties by Matt Salhany and Richard Buri, but came up empty handed. UAH killed all five of NMU’s power play opportunities.

Uhelski finished with 24 saves. UAH was 0-for-6 with the power play.

Game two of the series is Saturday at 6:07 p.m. Central Time and can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Dec 052016
 
Kurt Gosselin (Photo by UAH Athletics)

Kurt Gosselin (Photo by UAH Athletics)

UAH sophomore defenseman Kurt Gosselin was named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against Ferris State.

Gosselin scored a hat trick in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Bulldogs at the Von Braun Center. It was UAH’s first hat trick since 1998 and the first hat trick by a UAH defenseman since 1999.

Gosselin was +2 for the weekend and blocked one shot. He leads the Chargers and all WCHA defenseman with seven goals this season, and is tied for the UAH lead with 13 points.

It’s Gosselin’s second WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award this season, the first coming in November for his two-goal performance against Alaska Anchorage.

UAH’s next action is Friday and Saturday at Northern Michigan.

Dec 042016
 

The Bulldogs were apparently very tired of losing to the Chargers.

After losing the first three games of the season series, Ferris State staked a lead early and never let UAH get in the game, winning 3-1 on Sunday.

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UAH (5-11-2 overall, 5-7-2 WCHA), which win Saturday’s game 5-3, managed only 17 shots on goal.

Ferris State (6-10-1, 5-6-1-1) climbed back into a tie with UAH for fifth place in the WCHA standings, and it didn’t take long at all to get on the board.

Just 34 seconds in, Jared VanWormer scored right in front of the UAH net from a centering pass from Gerald Mayhew.

Ferris State continued to keep the Chargers off balance, and increased its lead to 2-0 as Taylor Fernandez beat UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski from the slot at the 10:14 mark of the first.

The Chargers finally started to get some offensive pressure in the final five minutes of the first period with the help of three straight penalties by the Bulldogs. Despite also having 1:24 of two-man advantage, UAH was kept off the board as Darren Smith made five saves in the stretch.

Penalties early in the second period prevented the Chargers from getting many offensive chances, but UAH finally got on the board on a power play.

After a Nate Kallen tripping call, Brandon Parker blasted a goal from the right point to cut FSU’s lead to 2-1 with 9:41 left in the second. His third goal of the season was assisted by Cam Knight and Max McHugh.

The third period belonged to Ferris State. Josh Kestner committed a tripping penalty at the end of the second period, and in the resulting power play to begin the third, Mitch Maloney increased FSU’s lead to 3-1 at 1:43.

The Bulldogs would not allow much from the Chargers the rest of the way, outshooting UAH 12-4 for a 33-17 total. Not helping matters for the Chargers were three more penalties in the third period.

Uhelski made the most of the situation, making numerous saves and cover-ups to keep UAH in the game. He finished with 30 saves.

FSU goaltender Darren Smith made 16 saves.

The Chargers’ next action is Friday and Saturday at Northern Michigan for the last WCHA series before the holiday break. UAH returns home Jan. 6 and 7 against Minnesota State.

Dec 032016
 

Kurt Gosselin scored UAH’s first hat trick in nearly nine years, boosting the Chargers to a 5-3 victory over Ferris State at the Von Braun Center on Friday night.

Gosselin put up the Chargers’ three-goal game for the first time since Cale Tanaka did it against Robert Morris on Feb. 1, 2008. It was UAH’s fourth hat trick by a defenseman, the first since Shane Stewart against Babson on Jan. 2, 1999.

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Gosselin moved into the team lead in goals with seven. He extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, posting 10 points in that stretch (six goals, four assists).

“I’m just thankful I got the forwards and good D partner to help me out,” Gosselin said. “When the puck comes up to the point where our job is to get it on net and find guys, and being able to produce for the team was a big deal. I’m really glad we got the W tonight.”

UAH (5-10-2 overall, 5-6-1 WCHA) ended a four-game winless streak, and posting its first home win of the season. It was also the Chargers’ third straight win over Ferris State (5-10-1 overall, 4-6-1 WCHA), whom UAH swept at the start of the season.

A critical error put UAH behind early, despite the Chargers being on a power play. Andrew Mayer stole the puck from Jetlan Houcher at center ice, and beat Jordan Uhelski on a breakaway for a 1-0 Ferris State lead 3:36 into the contest.

The Chargers had another sloppy power play, but managed to tie the game at 8:03 on a goal by Kurt Gosselin from the left wing circle. Hans Gorowsky and Max McHugh got the assists, breaking a four-game scoreless streak for McHugh.

Gosselin struck again from about the same spot just 1:54 later, giving UAH a 2-1 lead. Cam Knight and McHugh got the helpers.

For the Chargers, it was the eighth straight game holding a lead, but holding on to win has been an issue. UAH was 2-4-1 in its previous seven.

“We had been there before,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said. “It’s finally time for our guys to bow their neck back and say we’re going to take a stand, and they did. It was great to see.”

Halfway through the game, that lead was gone. An FSU shot hit the right post and sat in the crease, and despite contact with Uhelski as he tried to cover, Trevor Recktenwald found the puck and the net to tie the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs retook the lead at 3-2 with 44 seconds left in the second period, converting a power play chance from Sean Rappleyea’s tripping penalty. Jason Tackett had an open net after a cross-ice pass from Jared VanWormer on a tic-tac-toe play.

Then UAH rallied again in the third period, equalizing the game and then taking the lead on a 4-on-4 situation. Gosselin got the hat trick with a goal from the center point at 3:39, assisted again by from Cam Knight and McHugh.

“Kurt is one of those guys who finds holes,” Corbett said. “I think all of three of those shots were in the upper third of the net. He’s one of those guys we want shooting the puck.”

Then at 5:22, the Chargers took their second lead at 4-3. Hans Gorowsky scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by a nifty centering pass by Matt Salhany.

“That sequence of 4-on-4 for two minutes was probably as good a sequence we’ve had all year.”

This time, UAH finished the job. Knight finished off the 5-3 victory with an empty-net goal, down the middle from the UAH zone.

“I think the biggest thing is that we put in the work during the week and the results showed,” McHugh said. “In the game tonight, we didn’t get tired, we came through at the end, and we ended up being resilient like coach said, and we got the win.

“If we play the way we play against any team we should have the same result. For some reason we play against Ferris like that, but I think it’s a good starting point again.”

Uhelski stopped 29 of 32 shots for the victory, making key saves down the stretch. UAH outshot FSU 33-32 for the game.

Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Three stars of the game: 

  1. Kurt Gosselin, UAH (hat trick)
  2. Max McHugh, UAH (3 assists)
  3. Cam Knight, UAH (1 goal, 2 assists)

NOTES: UAH hat tricks by defensemen, varsity: Steve Kasprzak (1987), Don Burke (1992), Shane Stewart (1999), Kurt Gosselin (2016). … UAH was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Ferris State was 1-for-2. … It’s the first time UAH has had three or more wins in a season against one opponent since joining the WCHA.

Dec 022016
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:07 p.m.
UAH Christmas cards to first 500
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:07 p.m.
UAH trading cards to first 500
Season stats: UAH | Ferris State

UAH started the season with a sweep at Ferris State. The Chargers hope more success against the Bulldogs this weekend in Huntsville will provide a boost toward a playoff run.

The series starts Saturday at 7 p.m., with the first 500 fans getting UAH Christmas cards. Sunday’s game is a 3 p.m. start. Kids 12 and under get free general admission.

Supplies For Gatlinburg will be in the lobby at the VBC this weekend collecting items to take up to those affected by the devastating fires this week. Also, all proceeds from Chuck-a-Puck this weekend will be donated to the relief efforts for those affected by the tornadoes in Alabama on Tuesday night.

All-time series: UAH won a pair of one-goal games in Big Rapids on Oct. 1-2, but Ferris State leads the overall series 13-5-1. The Bulldogs are 5-1 against UAH in Huntsville.

Charger recap: UAH (4-10-2 overall, 4-6-2 WCHA) was swept two weeks ago by Bowling Green, keeping the Chargers winless at home this season. UAH had third-period leads in both games but lost 4-1 and 8-3.

Kurt Gosselin had a goal and an assist in the series, extending his point-scoring streak to six games. He now has 10 points on the season on four goals and six assists.

Josh Kestner leads the squad with 12 points, tied for ninth in the WCHA, after a goal and an assist in the last game. Max McHugh still leads the team with five goals, but has been kept off the scoresheet in four straight.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Ferris State
4-10-2 Overall record 5-9-1
4-6-2-0 (T5th) WCHA record 4-5-1-1 (T5th)
2.58 (7th) Goals/game 3.00 (T3rd)
3.75 (10th) Goals allowed/game 3.10 (6th)
11.8 (9th) Pen. minutes/game 12.6 (6th)
17.5% (5th) Power play 16.1% (6th)
77.2% (9th) Penalty kill 83.9% (6th)

Goaltender Carmine Guerriero started both games in the Bowling Green series, with mixed results. He stopped 29 of 32 shots in game one, but allowed seven goals in game two.

The Chargers are tied for fifth place in the WCHA standings with Ferris State with 14 points.

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (5-9-1 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA), after being swept at home by the Chargers, wound up with an eight-game winless streak to start the season. Since then, the Bulldogs have won five of seven, including wins over league contenders Bowling Green and Minnesota State. FSU was also off last week after sweeping Lake Superior State at home.

Senior Gerald Mayhew tops the WCHA in goals with nine in just 11 games, including scoring goals in his last five games. He had two goals against the Chargers on Oct. 2.

Craig Pelfrey’s 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) leads the Bulldogs and is third in the WCHA. Mitch Maloney and Corey Mackin have six and five goals, respectively. Pelfrey and Maloney each had three-point weekends against UAH earlier this season.

Freshman goaltender Justin Kapelmaster has had the hot hand for FSU. In six games (five starts), he has a 1.85 goals against average, a .943 save percentage, and one shutout. He made 73 saves in the Bulldogs’ sweep of Lake Superior, earning him WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

Sophomore Darren Smith, who was in net against UAH back in October, has a 3.67 goals against average and .881 save percentage in 10 starts.

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

Friday, December 2
* #13 Bemidji State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
* Alaska at #15 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, December 3
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* #13 Bemidji State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Alaska at #15 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Sunday, December 4
* Ferris State at UAH, 3:07 p.m.