Feb 112016
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Feb. 12, 2015 – 7:07 p.m.
First 500 fans get free UAH Hockey trading cards
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2015 – 7:07 p.m.
First 1000 fans get UAH Hockey team photos
Kids 12-under get free gen. admission to both games
Veteran, active military and families get free admission
Team statistics: UAH | Minnesota State

The Chargers are back at the Von Braun Center for the first time in over a month, hosting 17th-ranked Minnesota State for a WCHA series this Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is 7:07 p.m. both nights.

It’s Military Appreciation Weekend, as all veterans, active military personnel, and their families get free admission to both games. Kids 12 and under also get free general admission.

On Friday, the first 500 fans receive a free set of UAH Hockey trading cards. On Saturday, the first 1000 fans receive a free UAH Hockey team photo.

Matchup history: Minnesota State leads the all-time series 27-19-5, and has not lost to the Chargers in the last 18 meetings. Back in December at Mankato, the Mavericks swept UAH by scores of 2-1 and 4-1. UAH has a 13-10-1 advantage over MSU in Huntsville, but UAH’s last win came on Jan. 4, 2002.

Regan Soquila

Regan Soquila scored twice in UAH’s last game at Alaska Anchorage. (File photo by UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger recap: UAH (6-17-3 overall, 4-13-3 WCHA) was idle last week after splitting a series at Alaska Anchorage, winning and losing one-goal games despite not having Chad Brears and Brennan Saulnier, two of the Chargers’ leading scorers. The Chargers find themselves five points out of eighth place and playoff positioning in the WCHA.

On Friday, Jan. 29, the Chargers won 2-1 on a UAA own goal with 4:39 remaining in the game. Matt Salhany got credit for the game winner, and Adam Wilcox put UAH on top early. Matt Larose withstood a third-period barrage, making 13 saves in the period and a total of 29 in the game.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, UAH managed only 12 shots on goal, but was never out of it in a 4-3 loss to the Seawolves. Regan Soquila scored his first two goals of the season for the Chargers, with Tyler Poulsen also tallying a goal.

Max McHugh is currently tied for second in the WCHA in assists (15) and eighth in points (21).

Larose has posted a .944 save percentage since Dec. 18, the second-highest among WCHA goaltenders and seventh-highest in the nation. His season save perentage of .925 is fourth highest in the league.

LEADING SCORERS: Max McHugh (So., 6-15–21, 26 GP), Chad Brears (Sr., 9-8–17, 22 GP), Brennan Saulnier (So., 6-10–16, 22 GP), Kurt Gosselin (Fr., 2-7–9, 21 GP), Jetlan Houcher (Fr., 4-4–8, 20 GP), Brandon Parker (So., 2-6–8, 26 GP),

GOALTENDING: Carmine Guerriero (Jr., 3.10 GAA, .903 SV%, 16 GP), Matt Larose (Jr., 2.32 GAA, .925 SV%, 11 GP)

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Minnesota State State
6-17-3 Overall record 15-10-5
4-13-3 (10th) WCHA record 13-4-5 (1st)
2.23 (9th) Goals/game 2.63 (4th)
3.04 (8th) Goals allowed/game 2.20 (3rd)
13.5 (4th) Pen. minutes/game 9.9 (9th)
11.4% (10th) Power play 15.1% (5th)
85.0% (3rd) Penalty kill 84.8% (5th)

About the Mavericks: Minnesota State (15-10-5 overall, 13-4-5 WCHA) is still on top of the WCHA standings. The Mavericks hold a two-point lead over Bowling Green, whom they split a big series with last weekend in Mankato, and Michigan Tech. MSU beat BGSU 5-1 on Friday before losing 3-1 on Saturday.

The Mavericks lead the WCHA in shots on goal per game (32.9), and shots on goal allowed per game (21.8). Against UAH in December, MSU outshot the Chargers 32-9 and 41-15.

Senior Teddy Blueger, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, is the leading point scorer in the WCHA right now with 26 points, and his 18 assists is also tops. C.J. Franklin (Winnipeg) has 12 goals, tied for third in the league, and Bryce Gervais’s 10 goals are tied for ninth. Gervais scored twice in the Mavericks’ win over Bowling Green on Friday.

Casey Nelson’s 15 assists are tied for second in the WCHA, and his 19 points lead all defensemen.

Freshman Jason Pawloski has a 1.85 goals against average, good for second in the WCHA.

LEADING SCORERS: Teddy Blueger (Sr., 8-18–26, 30 GP), Casey Nelson (Jr., 4-15–19, 29 GP), C.J. Franklin (So., 12-6–18, 30 GP), Michael Huntebrinker (Jr., 7-10–17, 30 GP), Bryce Gervais (Sr., 10-6–16, 30 GP)

GOALTENDING: Jason Pawloski (Fr., 1.85 GAA, .901 SV%, 17 GP), Cole Huggins (Jr., 2.36 GAA, .905 SV%, 15 GP)

Around the WCHA: 

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

Friday, Feb. 12
#17 Minnesota State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
Miami at #19 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13
#17 Minnesota State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6:o7 p.m.

Feb 082016
 
Tyler Poulsen

His name is Tyler Poulsen, and the recent WCHA Rookie of the Week and the Chargers host Minnesota State this weekend. (Photo by Doug Eagan/UAH Athletics)

It’s been rather quiet here recently, with the Chargers being off two of the last three weeks. Now it’s time for the final stretch in the regular season.

UAH is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the WCHA playoffs. The Chargers are in last place, still five points behind the teams they are chasing for a playoff berth, thanks to sweeps last weekend to said teams (Lake Superior State, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska).

With eight games to go, UAH is still alive, but it will likely need points every week and get more help to secure one of the league’s top eight spots. It will not be easy.

First is this weekend’s series against first-place Minnesota State at the Von Braun Center, the Chargers’ first home series in over a month. The 17th-ranked Mavericks split with Bowling Green in Mankato over the weekend to maintain a two-point lead over the Falcons and Michigan Tech.

Then the Chargers hit the road for series at Northern Michigan and Bemidji State, before coming home one final time against Bowling Green on March 4-5.

This week’s festivities: It’s Military Appreciation Weekend for this weekend’s series against Minnesota State. All veterans and active duty personnel, as well as their families, can get free admission to Friday and Saturday’s games. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. both nights.

UAH will have the seventh trading card set being given away on Friday to the first 500 fans, courtesy of Colonial Printing and the UAH Office of Research & Economic Development.

On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans get a free UAH hockey team photo, courtesy of SportsMed and the UAH Office of Research & Economic Development.

The Blue Line Club lunch will take place Friday at noon at the Varsity Room of Spragins Hall. Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings and the UAH coaching staff will be there to talk about this week’s series. New Orleans Lunch Box will be catering.

Poulsen gets league award: Tyler Poulsen was named WCHA Rookie of the Week on Feb. 1 after a two-point weekend at Alaska Anchorage. The freshman from Arvada, Colo., assisted on UAH’s first goal in the Chargers’ 2-1 win on Jan. 29, and scored his third goal of the season in the 4-3 loss on Jan. 30.

Jan 312016
 

UAH somehow stayed in a game despite getting only 12 shots on goal. In the end, though, the Chargers’ playoff hopes are looking slim after a 4-3 loss at Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night.

UAH (6-17-3 overall, 4-13-3 WCHA) ended up with a split with Anchorage (10-13-3 overall, 7-11-2 WCHA) following the Chargers’ 2-1 win on Friday, but the Chargers really needed a sweep to stay in the Alaska teams’ rear-view mirror for the final league playoff spot.

BOX SCORE

UAH is now five points behind UAA and Lake Superior State, which are tied for seventh place and hold the final two playoff spots in the WCHA standings, with eight games remaining. Alaska is in ninth, also on the outside looking in, three points above the Chargers.

Although UAH struggled with puck possession, the Chargers made the most of their chances.

As they did on Friday, the Chargers struck first again, this time from Regan Soquila at 7:17 of the first period. Soquila beat UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha from the slot after receiving a pass from Brent Fletcher behind the net.

It was first goal of the season for Soquila, who played in just his 12th game of the season. Fletcher got his third assist, and Matt Salhany got his fifth helper.

After that, it was all Anchorage the rest of the first period. Brad Duwe tied the game at 1-1 as he beat Matt Larose from the left circle.

For the most part, Larose played solid with some nice glove saves. UAA kept peppering him with shots, particularly during their power play with just under five minutes left in the frame, when the Seawolves got five shots.

Larose made the saves, but with 1:53 to go, Anchorage got its first lead of the series as Tad Kozun’s shot got under his pad. UAA led 2-1 after one after outshooting the Chargers 14-3.

It only continued into the second, and it was only a matter of time before Blake Tatchell got involved. At 3:58 left in the 2nd, Tatchell squeezed a shot between Larose and defenseman Frank Misuraca to make it a 3-1 Seawolf lead.

UAH offense continued to get clamped down, only managing three shots on goal at the halfway point of the contest. Yet, the Chargers’ fourth shot on goal drew them back within one, as Tyler Poulsen’s snapper beat Mantha with 7:24 remaining in the second.

So despite getting only six shots on goal through two periods, UAH was only down 3-2.

The Seawolves made it 4-2 on Jarrett Brown’s goal with 8:11 to go, but the Chargers quickly answered a minute later. Soquila got his second goal of the game as he deflected a Kurt Gosselin slapshot from just inside the blue line. Gosselin and Cody Champagne got the assists.

UAH finally to put up some consistent pressure near the end, allowing Larose to go to the bench for the extra attacker, but the Seawolves and Mantha held on for the win in the final two minutes.

Alaska Anchorage finished with a 31-12 shots on goal advantage. Both teams had six shots in the final period.

The Chargers are off next week before returning to the Von Braun Center to host first-place Minnesota State on Feb. 12 and 13.

Jan 302016
 

The Chargers needed a win in any shape or form to stay in the WCHA playoff hunt. Even in gift form.

Matt Larose stopped 29 of 30 shots, and UAH got the benefit of an own goal with 4:19 remaining to take a 2-1 win at Alaska Anchorage on Friday night.

BOX SCORE

The win drew UAH (6-16-3 overall, 4-12-3 WCHA) to within three points of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska, which remain tied for the eighth place and last playoff spot in the conference. The Seawolves fell to 9-13-3 overall and 6-11-2 in the WCHA.

It was UAH’s first-ever win over the Seawolves in Anchorage, where the Chargers were 0-13 dating back to 1987.

Goals were going to be hard to come by enough against UAA’s talented goaltender Olivier Mantha, but the Chargers were also missing two of their top leading scorers on the first line. Brennan Saulnier is suspended for the series by the WCHA for a contact to the head incident at Ferris State two weeks ago, and UAH’s top goal scorer, Chad Brears, was out of the lineup.

UAH did manage to strike first, just 3:04 into the contest.

Left wing Jetlan Houcher centered a pass to the slot, where Tyler Poulsen‘s shot was saved by Mantha. The rebound came right to Adam Wilcox in front of the crease, and Wilcox buried his fourth goal of the season.

No scoring in the second period, while each team got a power play. UAA had three shots on goal on its man advantage early in the period after a Cody Marooney holding call. UAH had chances on its power play after Brent Fletcher was taken down by UAA’s Dylan Hubbs.

However, the Seawolves’ best chance came on a 2-on-1 break shorthanded, but the puck rolled off Tad Kozun’s stick and wide of the UAH net.

Alaska Anchorage dominated much of the third period, throwing pucks at Larose, who were able to make several glove and body saves.

It helped the Seawolves to get two early power plays, and they finally tied the game with 10:07 left on the second advantage. Wyatt Ege’s blast  found its way through traffic for the only goal Larose would allow.

Mantha was strong for UAA as well, denying Matt Salhany‘s breakaway shot with his glove. Ege slashed Salhany on the play, but UAH failed to convert the ensuing power play.

Then came the fortunate bounce for UAH. Mantha played the puck behind his net, sending it to defenseman Chris Williams. Williams’s errant pass went back toward the UAA goal as Mantha was returning, hitting Mantha’s skate and going in the net with 4:19 left in regulation. The own goal gave UAH the lead. Salhany got credit for his second goal of the season.

UAA outshot the Chargers 30-24. Mantha made 22 saves.

Game two of the series is Saturday night at 10:07 p.m. Central Time.

Jan 282016
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 – 10:07 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 – 10:07 p.m.
Team statistics: UAH | Alaska Anchorage

If the Chargers want to return to the WCHA playoffs, they will have to show it this weekend.

With 10 games to go, UAH is five points behind the eighth and final WCHA playoff spot, which is currently tied by Alaska Anchorage and Alaska. The Chargers travel to Anchorage to face the Seawolves this weekend in a series where they can’t afford to lose any ground. (Alaska is at Wisconsin in a non-conference series.)

Game time in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday night is 10:07 p.m. Central Time.

Matchup history: To gain ground on the Seawolves, the Chargers will have to win in Anchorage for the first time ever. UAH is 0-13 all-time against UAA in Anchorage dating back to its first visit in 1987. UAA leads the all-time series 19-4-2, including a 4-2-2 mark since UAH joined the WCHA in 2013. Back in October in Huntsville, the Seawolves and Chargers tied 3-3 before UAA took the second game 3-2.

Charger recap: UAH (5-16-3 overall, 3-12-3 WCHA) was idle last week after getting a tie and a loss at Ferris State two weeks ago.

On Friday, Jan. 15, Max McHugh tied the game up at 1-1 in the second period. Ferris State retook the lead early in the third before UAH stormed ahead 3-2 on goals by Matt Salhany and Tyler Poulsen. However, the Bulldogs forced over time on a Kenny Babinksi goal with 1:03 remaining in regulation. No scoring in overtime meant a 3-3 draw. Matt Larose needed to stop 46 Ferris State shots, the season high for a Charger goaltender.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, it was Josh Kestner who got the second-period equalizer, but Ferris State scored two in the second and one in the third to pull away and beat UAH 4-1. Carmine Guerriero make 34 saves.

In the first period of the second game, Brennan Saulnier received a game misconduct penalty for contact to the head of a Ferris State player. The WCHA has suspended Saulnier for the Anchorage series.

McHugh is tied for sixth in the WCHA in points with 20, and third for third in assists with 14. Chad Brears is tied for eighth in goals with nine.

Larose has a 1.51 goals against average and .957 save percentage in his last three starts, averaging 36.3 saves per game. He is fourth in the league in save percentage at .927.

LEADING SCORERS: Max McHugh (So., 6-14–20, 24 GP), Chad Brears (Sr., 9-8–17, 22 GP), Brennan Saulnier (So., 6-10–16, 22 GP), Brandon Parker (So., 2-6–8, 24 GP), Kurt Gosselin (Fr., 2-6–8, 19 GP)

GOALTENDING: Carmine Guerriero (Jr., 3.10 GAA, .903 SV%, 16 GP), Matt Larose (Jr., 2.28 GAA, .927 SV%, 9 GP)

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Ferris State
5-16-3 Overall record 9-12-3
3-12-3 (10th) WCHA record 6-10-2 (T-8th)
2.21 (9th) Goals/game 2.42 (T-7th)
3.08 (T-9th) Goals allowed/game 3.08 (T-9th)
14.2 (2nd) Pen. minutes/game 14.0 (3rd)
11.8% (9th) Power play 11.5% (10th)
85.3% (3rd) Penalty kill 80.2% (9th)

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (9-12-3 overall, 6-10-2 WCHA) has lost six of its last eight games. Last week, the Seawolves were swept at Bowling Green by a pair of 6-2 scores. They haven’t won at home since Nov. 15.

Senior Blake Tatchell and sophomore Ted Kozun continue to lead the Seawolves in scoring. Tatchell has 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists, tied for seventh in the WCHA), while Kozun tops the team in goals with 10 (tied for fifth in the WCHA).

Olivier Mantha is UAA’s top goaltender, sporting a .906 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average in 22 starts.

LEADING SCORERS: Blake Tatchell (Sr., 5-13–18, 24 GP), Ted Kozun (So., 10-5–15, 24 GP), Matt Anholt (So., 4-9–13, 24 GP), Mason Mitchell (Fr., 3-9–12, 19 GP), Austin Azurdia (So., 2-9–11, 23 GP)

GOALTENDING: Olivier Mantha (So., 2.90 GAA, .906 SV%, 22 GP), Jared D’Amico (So., 2.85 GAA, .903 SV%, 4 GP)

Around the WCHA: 

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

Friday, Jan. 29
UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#17 Michigan Tech at #18 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Minnesota Duluth at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30
UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#17 Michigan Tech at #18 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#19 Minnesota State vs. #3 St. Cloud State, 1 p.m. (North Star College Cup at St. Paul, Minn.)
Bemidji State vs. #20 Minnesota, 4 p.m. (North Star College Cup at St. Paul, Minn.)
Minnesota Duluth at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31
North Star College Cup third-place game, 1 p.m.
North Star College Cup championship, 4 p.m.