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Back home after nearly a month, the Chargers build on Saturday’s win against Minnesota State. Game time is 7:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the VBC box office. This week’s promotions are:

  • Kids 12 and under get free admission for all remaining home games this season.
  • Friday night, the first 500 fans receive a set of UAH hockey trading cards.
  • Saturday night, the first 500 fans receive a Charger Blue bobblehead doll.

If you can’t make the game, there are many ways to follow the action:

TEAM COMPARISON
UAH_logo_100 2013-14 Stats
1-15-0 Overall record 9-7-0
1-9-0 WCHA record 7-3-0
1.06 Goals per game 2.56
4.31 Goals allowed per game 2.56
12.8 Penalty minutes per game 16.7
8.6% Power play 20.0%
62.0% Penalty kill 87.3%
Matt Salhany (2-4-6)
Frank Misuraca (1-4-5)
Alex Allan (3-1-4)
Regan Soquila (1-3-4)
Steven Koshey (1-3-4)
Leading scorers JP Lafontaine (6-6-12)
Matt Leitner (3-8-11)
Johnny McInnis (5-4-9)
Teddy Blueger (3-6-9)
Zach Palmquist (2-7-9)
Carmine Guerriero
(8 GS, 3.41 GAA, .903 SV%)
Matt Larose
(8 GS, 5.00 GAA, .875 SV%)
Goaltending Cole Huggins
(8 GS, 1.80 GAA, .932 SV%)
Stephon Williams
(8 GS, 3.47 GAA, .868 SV%)

 

The Chargers and Mavericks have a long history, playing 43 times over the past 25 years, in both Division I and II. The series is even at 19-19-5, but Minnesota State (which went by “Mankato State” for many of those games) is 8-0-2 in the last 10 meetings. Last year, the Mavericks visited Huntsville and won 4-1 in the first game and tied 2-2 in the second.

MSU was the favorite to win the WCHA this season in both the media and coaches polls, but did not come out of the gate like the favorite. The Mavericks started 4-7, but have since won five straight games entering this series as they continue to regain their offensive touch. MSU swept Northern Michigan at home, 3-2 and 3-0, last week to move into second place in the WCHA behind Ferris State.

JP Lafontaine and Matt Leitner are the Mavericks’ leading scorers, but the team is getting a big boost since Zach Lehrke returned from injury. Lehrke has eight points in his last six games.

Matt Salhany’s three-point night at Bowling Green on Saturday propelled him to the team lead in scoring. Frank Misuraca’s OT winner and an assist has him in second.

The Chargers’ will be off for the first time in two months next week before a two-game non-conference set at Wisconsin on Dec. 27-28. UAH’s next home series is Jan. 3-4 against Bowling Green.

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