Jan 212017

The Chargers are slumping, now even on the road.

Lake Superior scored three unanswered goals to beat UAH 4-1 on Saturday for a series sweep in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

UAH (7-17-2 overall, 7-11-2 WCHA) has lost four straight conference games and six straight overall, dropping the Chargers to eighth place in the league standings with eight games to go.


UAH had won four straight road games and was 6-1-1 in WCHA away contests coming into the weekend.

It won’t get easier when second-place Michigan Tech visits Huntsville next week. After fights broke out after the final whistle, UAH’s Kurt Gosselin, Brennan Saulnier, and Cam Knight each got game disqualifications and will miss Friday’s game against the Huskies.

Lake Superior (11-12-3, 8-9-3), who moved into fifth place, won all four games against the Chargers this season. LSSU’s Diego Cuglietta and Gus Correale each had fighting and game disqualification penalties.

The Chargers pelted LSSU goaltender Gordon Defiel with 15 shots on goal in the third period on Friday, and they continued peppering him in the first on Saturday.

UAH had 19 shots on net — a season high for a period this season, but this time, Defiel was able to get a piece of all of them. The Chargers also had the benefit of a four-minute Charger power play prompted Josh Nenedal, who interfered with Regan Soquila and then roughed Brent Fletcher after the whistle.

Lake Superior only had nine shots on goal in the first, but one did get past Carmine Guerriero. Colin Saccoman followed up on a rebound on Luke Morgan’s shot to score.

UAH tied the game up at 1-1 at 6:36 of the second, when Brandon Salerno powered a low wrister from the slot. His third goal of the season was helped by Josh Kestner 12th assist and Cam Knight’s 13th.

The Chargers almost took their first lead of the season shortly thereafter, when Max McHugh’s backhand on an open net was gloved by a diving Defiel.

Lake Superior regained the lead at 2-1 on Gage Torrel’s goal with 3:19 left in the second, coming during a short Laker power play.

LSSU nearly made it 3-1 when Cuglietta was awarded a penalty shot late in the second after Cody Champagne hooked him. However, Guerriero was able to make the top to keep it a one-goal game at the second intermission.

LSSU actually did make it 3-1 when James Roll drove to the net and beat Guerriero with 12:26 left.

The Lakers were given a gift power play when Brennan Saulnier was given an interference penalty for a clean check on Bryan Basilico. LSSU converted for a 4-1 lead with 8:50 to go, when Max Humitz scored his team-leading 12th goal on a deflection from the high slot.

UAH outshot LSSU 35-29, but was 0-for-5 on the power play. Defiel finished with 34 saves to Guerriero’s 25.

Jan 202017

The Chargers came back from a 3-0 deficit and had a blistering third period, but Lake Superior State came away with a 5-4 victory Friday in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

UAH (7-16-2 overall, 7-10-2 WCHA) had two goals early in the third to tie the game at 4-4, but the Chargers, who have lost five straight games overall, saw their program-record-tying four-game road win streak snapped.


Mitch Hults scored the game-winning goal for Lake Superior (10-12-3, 7-9-3) with 6:50 left in regulation, his second goal of the game.

Through the first half, the Lakers took command of the game.


UAH outshot the Lakers 8-7 in the first period, but the Lakers scored first as the Chargers allowed their sixth shorthanded goal of the season.

While on the power play, the Chargers had a giveaway in the neutral zone. Diego Cuglietta went up the left side, centered it to Gus Correale, who popped it over UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski at the 8:30 mark.

The scoring picked up in the second period, with Lake Superior dominating the first half of the frame.

LSSU took a 2-0 lead as Mitch Hults, from the right doorstep, deposited the puck around Uhelski’s right side at the 7:36 mark.

The Lakers made it 3-0 just 1:23 later, as a JT Henke beat Uhelski with a one-timer from the right circle. LSSU had a 9-1 shots advantage at that point, and it didn’t help that UAH committed four icings in that stretch.

UAH got on the board with 8:31 left in the second. Hunter Anderson stole the puck in the Laker end. His initial shot rebounded left to Brandon Salerno, who pitched it back to the Laker net. The puck bounced off Anderson’s stick to a charging Josh Kestner, who had an open net for this seventh goal of the season.

Video review confirmed the goal after the Lakers protested that Anderson had interfered with LSSU goalie Gordon Defiel.

It looked like UAH would take the momentum going into the second intermission, as Kurt Gosselin beat Defiel five-hole with 49.6 seconds left to cut LSSU’s lead to 3-2. Cam Knight got the assist.

However, the Lakers bounced right back and regained their two-goal lead 18.8 seconds later as Henke scored his second goal of the game.

UAH substituted Uhelski, who finished with 15 saves, with Carmine Guerriero to start the third. The Chargers then came out firing, and didn’t take long to make it even.

Just 1:06 in, Brent Fletcher gloved a high puck, played it in front of the Laker net, and deked Defiel to notch his second goal of the season. The UAH captain was assisted by Gosselin and Knight to make it a one-goal game.

Matt Salhany had a chance to tie it even when UAH was shorthanded, but Defiel came out to knock the puck away from him.

But Defiel could not stop a blast from Brandon Parker from just inside the blue line with 12:06 to go. Parker’s seventh goal of the season tied the game at 4-4.

Then Hults got the game winner, a wrister from the right circle dot that beat Guerriero high.

UAH pulled Guerriero for the extra attacker over the final 1:49, but Defiel made the last of his 29 saves down the stretch to hold on for the victory.

The Chargers outshot the Lakers 15-5 in the third period and 33-24 for the game.

Game two of the series is Saturday night at 6:07 p.m. Central Time. It can be seen online with a WCHA.tv subscription.




Jan 192017
Friday, Jan. 20, 6:37 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 6:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Lake Superior State

The Chargers try to get back into the win column where they’ve managed to be the most successful — league play on the road. UAH is 6-1-1 in WCHA away contests entering this weekend’s series at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

All-time series: The Lakers took an 8-6-2 lead the series after sweeping the Chargers in Huntsville on Oct. 21-22. UAH is 5-1-2 in Sault Ste. Marie, including a sweep last season by scores of 5-4 (OT) and 5-0.

Charger recap: UAH (7-15-2 overall, 7-9-2 WCHA) was idle last weekend. Back on Jan. 6-7, the Chargers were swept by No. 19 Minnesota State by 3-0 and 3-2 scores. UAH currently sits in a tie with Ferris State for sixth place in the WCHA standings.

Hans Gorowsky has six points in his last eight games. (UAH Athletics)

UAH was outshot 33-18 in the first game and was shut out for the third time this season. The Chargers mounted a two-goal rally — and actually managed to outshoot the Mavericks (31-25) for te first time since joining the WCHA — from another 3-0 deficit in the third period of the second game, with Max McHugh and Hans Gorowsky getting the goals.

McHugh’s goal was his eighth of the season, giving him the team lead. He has a goal in each of the last three series. Gorowsky has two goals and four assists in his last eight games.

Josh Kestner still leads the club with 17 points (6 g, 11 a), but has been held scoreless in his last three games. Defenseman Kurt Gosselin has scored seven goals and 13 points but has been kept off the scoresheet for the last seven games since scoring UAH’s first hat trick since 2008 against Ferris State on Dec. 4.

Jordan Uhelski improved to a 2.63 goals against average and a .909 save percentage following a 30-save performance on Jan. 6. Carmine Guerriero stopped 22 shots against the Maverics on Jan. 7

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Lake Superior State
7-15-2 Overall record 9-12-3
(23 pts, T6th)
WCHA record 6-9-3-1
(22 pts, 8th)
2.56 (T6th) Goals/game 2.72 (3rd)
3.28 (9th) Goals allowed/game 3.06 (7th)
12.2 (9th) Pen. minutes/game 15.1 (6th)
14.4% (6th) Power play 11.7% (8th)
77.5% (10th) Penalty kill 82.8% (7th)

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (9-12-3 overall, 6-9-3 WCHA) had a couple of ties last week in a home-and-home series with Northern Michigan (splitting six points). The Lakers are 3-11-3 after a 6-1-0 start, and have dropped to eighth in the WCHA standings.

The Lakers are led by junior JT Henke, who leads the squad with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) — nine in the last six games. Sophomore Mitch Hults is right behind him with 22 points (6-16).

Diego Cuglietta, who had three goals in the series against UAH in Huntsville, has 10 goals on the season. But the hottest Laker is freshman Max Humitz, who has scored five goals in the last five games, rocketing him to the team lead and tie for the WCHA lead with 11.

Star goaltender Gordon Defiel has a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He stopped 60 of 62 shots against Northern Michigan last week.

On Thursday, Laker sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick left the team to join the Erie Otters of the OHL. Headrick had 15 points, tied for fourth on the team, in 24 games this season.

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

Friday, January 20
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 21
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Jan 082017

The Chargers scored two third-period goals, but No. 19 Minnesota State held on for a 3-2 win Saturday at the Von Braun Center to compete a two-game sweep.

UAH (7-15-2 overall, 7-9-2 WCHA) rallied from a 3-0 deficit, and had a major power play opportunity in the third period, but could not get the equalizer and avoid its fourth straight defeat.


Minnesota State (13-7-2, 9-5-2) moved into a tie with Bowling Green for third place in the WCHA. UAH now sits in fifth.

The Mavericks scored two goals in the first with tallies from Ian Scheid and Zach Stepan. Stepan, a Nashville Predators prospect, scored again in the second to give MSU a 3-0 lead.

UAH got on the board for the first time in the series as Max McHugh scored his eighth goal of the season, beating MSU goaltender Aaron Nelson in front of the crease. Brennan Saulnier had his eighth assist of the year.

Less than a minute later, Hans Gorowsky scored UAH’s second goal, driving to the net and poking the puck past Nelson for his fifth goal of the season. Brandon Salerno and Sean Rappleyea got the assists.

UAH goaltender Carmine Guerriero made 22 saves.

The Chargers are off next week before heading to Lake Superior State on Jan. 20-21. UAH’s next home series is Jan 27-28 against Michigan Tech.

Jan 062017

It’s become the typical UAH-Minnesota State game: The Mavericks build a large shots on goal advantage, the Chargers somehow stay in it, but the Chargers do not win.

And so it was in No. 19 MSU’s 3-0 victory over UAH on Friday at the Von Braun Center. The Mavericks outshot UAH 33-18, yet needed an empty-net goal to finally put the game away.


UAH (7-14-2 overall, 7-8-2 WCHA) was shut out for the third time this season, the first since October 8 and the first against a team not named Connecticut. Minnesota State (12-7-2, 8-5-2) got the shutout for junior goaltender Aaron Nelson, who was making his first official college start.

UAH fell to fifth place in the WCHA standings. Minnesota State moved into a tie for third with Bowling Green pending BG’s game with Bemidji State.

UAH got a couple of tests early on Nelson, but the Mavericks took control of the game during an early power play from a Hans Gorowsky tripping penalty.

UAH killed the penalty, but the Mavericks continued the pressure and took a 1-0 lead on a tip-in goal by Brad McClure at the 6:11 mark.

With 7:37 left in the 1st, UAH’s Tyler Poulsen leveled Sean Flanagan with a high elbow along the boards of the MSU zone. The contact to the head penalty earned him a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

The Chargers didn’t allow many chances through most of the Mavericks’ major power play until a couple of intense flurries around the UAH net. Jordan Uhelski scrambled to make saves as the Chargers finished off the kill and kept the deficit at 1-0.

The first period ended up being the same old song for UAH against Minnesota State as the Mavericks outshot the Chargers 12-4.

The second period was more up-and-down, with MSU getting 10 shots on goal to UAH’s nine. But the Mavericks took a 2-0 lead on a Parker Tuomie goal with 3:27 left that Uhelski thought he had covered up.

UAH could not get much offense going in the third period, only getting five shots on goal. Uhelski did his part, finishing with 30 saves in the contest.

Uhelski was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:32 left, but McClure was able to tally an empty-netter for his second goal of the game and 10th of the season.

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