Hoof Beats: Military Appreciation Weekend

The Chargers will be wearing these camo jerseys this weekend against Alaska-Anchorage.

The Chargers will be wearing camo jerseys this weekend against Alaska-Anchorage.

The Chargers will honor America’s military by wearing camouflage-style jerseys in both games against Alaska-Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

The jerseys will be auctioned off Saturday night, and can be bid upon during both games. The initial starting bid will be $100 for each (some may go down on Saturday if they don’t have bids), and the proceeds benefit the UAH hockey program.

All veterans and active military can get free admission to both games, which start at 7:07 p.m. each night.

The first 500 kids 12 and under to Saturday's game get a free UAH camo jersey.

On Saturday, the first 500 kids 12 and under will receive a kids-size UAH camo hockey jersey, sponsored by SportsMed, Wells Fargo, Torch Technologies, and Jerry Damson Honda/Acura. As with all home games the rest of the season, kids 12 and under get free admission, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

On Friday, the first 500 fans receive a set of UAH hockey trading cards.

Cross has critical fall: Longtime UAH equipment manager Robert Cross fell in his home recently and awoke a quadriplegic when he found himself in an Atlanta hospital.  Friends of the program will remember Crosser as the guy who kept the team going at home and on the road until his job situation changed.

If you’d like to help Robert, you can make a donation.

Coaches’ luncheon: The sixth coaches’ luncheon of the season is Friday at noon in the Varsity Room at Spragins Hall. Alaska-Anchorage coach Matt Thomas (not to be confused with UAH assistant Matty Thomas) will be the guest speaker. Thomas has the Seawolves at a 11-9-2 record in his first year at the helm, already well surpassing UAA’s four wins last season. UAH coach Mike Corbett will follow.

Terranova’s will be catering the luncheon, which is $8 at the door and free for Blue Line Club members. 

Salhany’s goal among top plays: Matt Salhany’s goal in Friday’s game at Notre Dame was good enough to make the WCHA Plays of the Week. Check the video below (Salhany’s goal is at the 1:15 mark).

Around the WCHA: Ferris State remained undefeated in league play with a win with a sweep of Michigan Tech at home, where C.J. Motte was the star with a 25-save shutout (1-0) on Friday and a 44-save performance on Saturday (3-2). The Bulldogs, now ranked second in this week’s USCHO.com poll, is 12-0-2 in league play with 26 points.

Climbing into second place is Bowling Green, which notched a win and a tie at home against Alaska. The Falcons got another shutout from Tommy Burke on Friday, his second in three games and third for the season.

The Seawolves took care of business after their crazy odyssey getting home last week and rose to fifth in the standings, while the Mavericks finished a two-week stay in Alaska losing three of four and dropping to third. Meanwhile, Bemidji State’s sweep at Lake Superior propelled the Beavers into fourth.

The big WCHA showdown this week is in Mankato, where Minnesota State, the WCHA pre-season favorite, hosts Ferris State.

WCHA Standings Conference Overall
GP W L T Pts W L T
Ferris State 14 12 0 2 26 17 3 3
Bowling Green 18 9 6 3 21 12 9 5
Minnesota State 16 10 6 0 20 12 10 0
Bemidji State 18 7 7 4 18 7 11 6
Alaska-Anchorage 16 7 7 2 16 11 9 2
Lake Superior State 16 7 9 0 14 11 10 1
Michigan Tech 16 5 7 4 14 7 13 6
Northern Michigan 12 6 5 1 13 8 10 2
Alaska 16 5 9 2 12 8 10 4
Alabama-Huntsville 14 1 13 0 2 1 23 0


All times Central.
* WCHA game.

Friday, January 17
* Alaska-Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Minnesota State, 7:37 p.m.
Lake Superior at Notre Dame, 7:05 p.m.
North Dakota at Bemidji State, 7:37 p.m.

Saturday, January 18
* Alaska-Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior at Notre Dame, 6:05 p.m.
Bemidji State at North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

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