Catching the Game: at Michigan Tech, Feb. 7-8

The Chargers play Michigan Tech for the first time in a two-game WCHA series. It’s the Winter Carnival up in Houghton, Michigan, with the puck dropping at 6:07 p.m. on Friday and 4:07 p.m. on Saturday.

Here’s how you can follow the action.

UAH Chargers 2013-14 Stats Michigan Tech Huskies
WCHA rank in parentheses
1-26-1 Overall record 10-14-6
1-10-1 (10th) Conference record 8-8-4 (T-5th)
0.96 (10th) Goals per game 2.20 (9th)
4.46 (10th) Goals allowed per game 2.40 (2nd)
12.9 (7th) Penalty minutes per game 14.8 (4th)
6.5% (10th) Power play 11.8% (9th)
69.0% (10th) Penalty kill 85.5% (3rd)
Matt Salhany (4-7-11)
Frank Misuraca (2-5-7)
Steve Koshey (1-5-6)
Chad Brears (4-1-5)
Brent Fletcher (2-3-5)
Brandon Clowes (1-4-5)
Leading scorers Alex Petan (11-11-22)
Blake Pietila (4-14-18)
Tanner Kero (9-8-17)
Shane Hanne (2-12-14)
Mike Neville (2-11-13)
Carmine Guerriero
(14 GS, 3.86 GAA, .900 SV%)
Matt Larose
(14 GS, 5.00 GAA, .877 SV%)
Goaltending Pheonix Copley
(19 GS, 2.20 GAA, .919 SV%)
Jamie Phillips
(10 GS, 2.62 GAA, .901 SV%)


The first meeting between these two programs could be a low-scoring affair. The Chargers and Huskies rank at the bottom of the WCHA in offense in general and the power play in particular.

Michigan Tech’s calling card has been its defense, which is second in the league and anchored by sophomore goaltender Pheonix Copley. Copley is second in the WCHA in goals against average and third in save percentage.

While not part of the Huskies’ leading scorers, the hottest forwards for MTU are the Johnstone brothers, David and Jacob. Each tallied three goals in the Huskies’ sweep of Bowling Green in Ohio last week.

The Chargers are trying to play spoiler as Michigan Tech is in a battle for positioning and a potential first-round playoff series in Houghton.

Next week, UAH heads to Minnesota State to finish up a three-week road swing. The Chargers host Lake Superior State on Feb. 21-22.

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