Nov 222017
 

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: Tickets | WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Ferris State

Jordan Uhelski

Jordan Uhelski made 60 saves last weekend against Lake Superior State. (Photo by Todd Thompson / RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (4-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 WCHA) had a split at home against Lake Superior State last week, with the Chargers losing 3-1 on Friday and winning 5-3 on Saturday.

This series against Ferris State will finish UAH’s six-game home stand before playing the next 12 on the road. The Chargers won’t play at the Von Braun Center again for two months.

Christian Rajic scored UAH’s first freshman hat trick in 15 years in Saturday’s win, giving him six goals on the season. He and senior Josh Kestner are tied for second on the team in goals.

Brennan Saulnier scored his team-leading seventh goal on Saturday, already besting his high mark for a season. His 10 points are tied with Tyler Poulsen, who has five assists in the last three games.

Jordan Uhelski has started the last five games for the Chargers in net. He matched a season high against LSSU on Saturday with 41 saves.

Charger leaders:
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7 goals-3 assists-10 points in 12 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-7-10 in 11 GP)
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.89 goals against average, .906 save percentage)

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Lake Superior State
4-7-1 Overall record 5-8-1
3-2-1 WCHA record 2-3-1
2.58 (T-5th) Goals/game 2.00 (T-9th)
3.17 (T-8th) Goals allowed/game 3.00 (6th)
15.4 (2nd) Pen. minutes/game 12.7 (7th)
18.6% (6th) Power play 14.5% (9th)
74.2% (9th) Penalty kill 76.4% (8th)

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (5-8-1 overall, 2-3-1 WCHA) is coming off being swept by Michigan State in a home-and-home series. Before that, the Bulldogs had won three straight, with a sweep of Alaska at home and finishing a split at Michigan.

Senior forward Mitch Maloney leads FSU with eight goals. He had a five-game goal-scoring streak broken last Saturday against Michigan State.

Goaltending has been split by sophomore Justin Kapelmaster and junior Darren Smith. Each had a start last week against Michigan State.

Players to watch:
Corey Mackin (Jr., F, 2-9-11 in 12 GP)
Mitch Maloney (Sr., F, 8-2-10 in 14 GP)
Ryker Killins (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 13 GP)
Justin Kapelmaster (So., G, 2.87 GAA, .913 SV%)
Darren Smith (Jr., G, 3.11 GAA, .909 SV%)

Series notes: Ferris State leads the all-time series 14-6-1, and has won six of eight games at the Von Braun Center. However, the Chargers won three of four meetings last season. UAH swept the Bulldogs in Big Rapids 2-1 and 4-3 to open the 2016-17 campaign and split in Huntsville, winning 5-3 and losing 3-1.

Promotions: Kids 12 and under get free general admission to both games, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport. For “Black Friday Blackout”, the first 500 fans to Friday’s game get a black UAH hockey T-shirt, courtesy of Wells Fargo. Fans are encouraged to wear black at Friday’s game.

This week in the WCHA: All times are Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at #16 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.
USA Under-18 at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Nov 202017
 
Christian Rajic

Christian Rajic (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography)

Charger forward Christian Rajic was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week for his three-goal performance in UAH’s 5-3 win over Lake Superior State on Saturday.

Rajic’s hat trick was the first by a UAH freshman since Jared Ross did it against Bemidji State on March 9, 2002. The Oakville, Ontario native is one of four freshmen to have hat tricks in Division I this season.

Rajic has six goals on the season, tying him for second on the Chargers and sixth in the WCHA. His total of nine points puts him fifth among WCHA freshmen.

In conference games only, Rajic is tied for ninth in scoring with eight points and tied for third in goals with five.

“Blackout” coming Friday: Friday’s series opener at the Von Braun Center against Ferris State will be a “Black Friday Blackout.”

Charger fans are encouraged to wear black at the game. The first 500 fans will receive a free black UAH hockey T-shirt and the next set of UAH hockey trading cards, courtesy of Wells Fargo.

Puck drop for both Friday and Saturday night is 7:07 p.m. Kids 12 and under get free admission to both games, and all home games this season, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

 

Nov 182017
 

Christian Rajic scored three goals, earning UAH’s first hat trick by a freshman since 2002, to lead the Chargers to a 5-3 victory over Lake Superior State on Saturday at the Von Braun Center.

UAH (4-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 WCHA) also got a 41-save performance from goaltender Jordan Uhelski, matching a season high, to get a split with LSSU (3-8-3 overall, 2-4-2 WCHA). The Chargers are 3-1-1 in their last five games.

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Rajic has UAH’s first hat trick since Kurt Gosselin did it against Ferris State last season, and the first by a Charger freshman since Jared Ross against Bemidji State on March 9, 2002.

 

The Chargers needed all of that from Rajic and Uhelski as the Lakers kept threatening to dismantle two three-goal leads. They fired 44 shots on Uhelski, including 21 in the third period.

UAH scored the first goal of the game halfway through the first. On the Chargers’ first power play, Kurt Gosselin blasted a Brennan Saulnier pass at the 10:32 mark for his third goal of the season. Connor James also got an assist.

With 5:08 left to go, UAH made it 2-0. Tyler Poulsen made a drop pass to Brandon Salerno, and his shot was tipped by Christian Rajic past Laker goaltender Nick Kossoff.

Poulsen got another assist on a feed to Saulnier with 1:54 to go in the first. Saulnier beat Kossoff from the right circle for his team-leading seventh goal of the season and a 3-0 Charger lead.

Lake Superior prevented a clean sheet for UAH in the first with a power play goal in the last minute. Brayden Gelsinger beat Jordan Uhelski from the right side to cut UAH’s lead to 3-1 at the first intermission.

Lake Superior drew within one when Josh Nenadal found the net from the doorstep on Uhelski’s left at 7:19 of the second.

Christian Rajic

Christian Rajic had UAH’s first hat trick by a freshman since Jared Ross did it in 2002. Click for gallery. (Photo by Todd Thompson/Rivercat Photography)

Then Rajic made some history.

Halfway through the game, Rajic put in a rebound on a Madison Dunn shot and a scramble to put UAH up 4-2 at the 8:09 mark.

Just 1:45 later, from near the boards on the left side of the offensive zone, Rajic scored his third goal of the game and the Chargers led by three again.

Rajic now has six goals in his freshman campaign.

The Lakers pulled Kossoff at that point after he allowed five goals on 23 shots. Freshman Mareks Mitens took over in net.

Max Humitz cut UAH’s lead to 5-3 at the 11:11 mark of the second, and that was the score at second intermission.

After all that scoring in the first two periods, there were no goals in the third, but not for lack of effort, particularly by the Lakers. They fired 21 shots on goal against Uhelski to only UAH’s five on Mitens.

Mitens ended up stopping all 11 shots he faced.

UAH finishes its homestand with a two-game series against Ferris State next Friday and Saturday. Both games at the Von Braun Center start at 7 p.m.

Three stars of the game:
1. Christian Rajic (UAH), hat trick
2. Tyler Poulsen (UAH), 2 assists
3. Connor James (UAH), 2 assists

Nov 172017
 

Right now, it just seems Lake Superior State has the Chargers’ number.

The Chargers saw its three-game unbeaten streak end Friday night with a 3-1 loss to the Lakers at the Von Braun Center.

UAH (3-7-1 overall, 2-2-1 WCHA) has now lost the last five meetings with Lake Superior State (3-7-3 overall, 2-3-2 WCHA).

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LSSU goaltender Nick Kossoff was a big reason for the Lakers’ victory. He stopped 26 of 27 UAH shots, making big stops to prevent the Chargers from completing a rally.

UAH could only get a Madison Dunn goal late in the second period, and its power play could not convert on seven opportunities.

 

Game two of the series at Propst Arena is Saturday at 7:07 p.m.

The struggling UAH penalty kill struggled some more in giving the Lakers the early lead. Following a Josh Kestner boarding penalty, LSSU had numbers and allowed Diego Cuglietta to score at the 5:18 mark of the game.

It was the fourth straight goal allowed via the power play for UAH going to last Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Alaska Anchorage.

The Chargers tried to answer on their first man advantage, and made some nifty passes, but could not find the net. They had four shots on net, including three by Kestner, who was denied by Kossoff going post to post.

The Lakers extended their lead during 4-on-4 hockey after coincidental minor penalties to UAH’s Christian Rajic and LSSU’s Brayden Gelsinger. Jake Hand put in a rebound with 1:27 left in the first for a 2-0 score.

UAH came out of the second period with more aggressiveness, but it didn’t result in any scoring right away. Much of that had to do with Kossoff, who made some big saves, including a close-range shot by Christian Rajic and another robbery of Kestner during a major power play late in the period.

The Chargers outshot the Lakers 17-6 in the second period.

UAH finally got its first goal with 53 seconds remaining in the second, but not without a little controversy. Tyler Poulsen put a shot on net, but then made impact with Kossoff. The rebound went to Madison Dunn, who buried his second goal of the season to cut LSSU’s lead to 2-1.

The Lakers wanted goaltender interference called on Poulsen, but after a couple of minutes of video review the goal was confirmed.

The Chargers kept plugging in the third period, but Kossoff was still there. He made another big save early on Levi Wunder, who was all alone in front.

Fortunately the UAH penalty kill was perfect the rest of the way. UAH survived a two-man advantage for Lake State as the minutes started to dwindle, staying one goal behind with five minutes to go.

UAH had one final shot after Aiden Wright went off for tripping with 1:25 left. However, after Uhelski was pulled for an extra attacker, Max Humitz scored on the empty net with 8.6 seconds remaining to seal the Laker win.

Charger goaltender Jordan Uhelski made 19 saves on 21 Laker shots.