UAH 4, Finlandia 1

Ah, a series sweep. Maybe it was against a Division III foe, but it still feels good to get victories, and to break out a little offense while doing it.

UAH beat Finlandia 4-1 at the VBC Saturday afternoon to take two from the Lions, spoiling the homecoming of Charger alum John McCabe. The Chargers won Friday night’s tilt 5-2.

The first period was mostly Chargers in terms of puck possession, but no goals to show for it. UAH outshot the Lions 9-3 in a period that saw lots of continuous action if not a lot of scoring chances.

UAH got it together in the second period with four goals.

Jeff Vanderlught started the scoring by driving in on Finlandia goalie Troy Chandler’s right, punching the puck in at 2:47. Kyle Lysaght got the assist on the power play goal after Finlandia was called for delay of game for dislodging the net.

Vanderlught scored his second goal of the night at 8:03, deflecting a Alex Allan blast past Chandler for a 2-0 lead.

UAH then chased Chandler just 15 seconds letter when Michael Webley scored on a centering pass from Justin Cseter to make it 3-0 Chargers.

Even when Finlandia finally got on the board with 7:43 left in the frame, UAH answered right back 32 seconds later. After a slashing call on the Lions, Frank Misuraca’s slapper from the blue line beat backup goalie Cedrik LaFrance just six seconds into the power play.

Not much to add about the third period. Finlandia outshot the Chargers 9-7 in a scoreless period, but UAH still dominated in shots for the game, 41-19.

Not much to say about the penalty box either, as only three penalties were called all game. Finlandia got two penalties in the second period, and UAH scored on both power plays. Brice Geoffrion’s cross-checking penalty with 1:30 in the game was the only infraction on the Chargers.

UAH split goaltending duties: Gregg Gruehl got the start for the first half of the game, stopping all six shots he faced. CJ Groh was a little busier in relief, stopping 12 of 13 shots.

Next up for the Chargers is another road trip, a two-game set in Wisconsin to take on the Badgers on Thursday and Friday. Both games are at 7 p.m., and will be televised on Fox College Sports Pacific (Thursday) and Fox College Sports Central (Friday).

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