Series Preview: vs. Bowling Green, Oct. 17-18

The Chargers open their 2014-15 home schedule this weekend against Bowling Green in the season’s first WCHA series.

Times: Fri. 7:07 p.m. | Sat. 7:07 p.m.
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Season series: This will be the 15th and 16th meetings between the Chargers and the Falcons. Bowling Green leads the all-time series 10-3-1, including a 4-2 mark at the Von Braun Center. The Falcons have won eight of the last nine in the series. Last season, the Falcons took three of four meetings in WCHA play, winning 7-0 and 4-1 in Huntsville. UAH split in Bowling Green, losing the first game 3-0 and winning 4-3 in overtime.

Home openers: The Chargers have lost their last five regular-season home openers, the last victory coming in 2008 with a 4-2 win over Bemidji State. UAH has a 6-8-1 home opener record in its modern Division I era, and 15-12-2 in its varsity history.

Chargers recap: UAH (0-2) rallied from multi-goal deficits in both games at  Colorado College, but still came away with a pair of one-goal losses last week to open the 2014-15 season.

On Friday, Brent Fletcher and Jeff Vanderlugt scored second-period goals in a 3-2 loss. Carmine Guerriero made 37 saves.

On Saturday, Brandon Carlson scored twice and Frank Misuraca added another, again all in the second period, as the Chargers lost 4-3. Matt Larose made 41 saves.

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (1-1) split a home-and-home series with Ohio state rival Miami last weekend to start the regular season. Each team won on its home ice by a 3-2 score.

Sophomore Kevin Dufour has led the scoring charge early for the Falcons with three goals, scoring twice on Friday against Miami and adding another goal on Sunday. Nolan Valleau, a freshman defenseman, assisted on two of those, and has four assists this season. Thomas Sholl stopped 22 of 24 shots to get the win on Friday, and Tommy Burke made 26 saves in the loss on Sunday. Mark Friedman, the highly-touted freshman defenseman, has a goal and five blocked shots.

The Falcons were picked to finish fourth in the WCHA preseason coaches poll and third in the media poll. Last season, BG tied with Alaska for third with 30 points in the WCHA standings.

Around the WCHA: UAH and Bowling Green are playing the only WCHA series this weekend, while most of the league continues non-conference action.

Here’s the schedule for league teams this week. All times are Central. Games involving WCHA teams at home can be seen online on WCHA TV.

Friday, October 17

* Bowling Green at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
#4 Ferris State at St. Lawrence, 6 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 6:35 p.m.
#18 Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan at Green Bay, 7:07 p.m.
#12 Minnesota State at #20 Minnesota-Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Penn State vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 8:07 p.m. (Alaska Goal Rush)
Air Force at #19 Alaska, 11:07 p.m.  (Alaska Goal Rush)

Saturday, October 18

* Bowling Green at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 5:05 p.m.
#4 Ferris State at St. Lawrence, 6 p.m.
#20 Minnesota-Duluth at #12 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#18 Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan at Green Bay, 7:07 p.m.
Air Force vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 7:07 p.m. (Alaska Goal Rush)
Penn State at #19 Alaska, 10:07 p.m. (Alaska Goal Rush)

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