Oct 292015
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 – 6:37 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 – 6:07 p.m.
Team statistics: UAH | Lake Superior State

The Chargers hit the road for the first time in 2015-16, heading to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to take on the Lake Superior State Lakers at Taffy Abel Arena.

All-time series: Lake Superior State leads the overall series 6-4-2, with UAH going 2-1-1 against the Lakers last season. UAH is 3-1-2 all-time in Sault Ste. Marie, where the Chargers took three points in February. Eight of the 12 meetings have been ties or one-goal games.

Brennan Saulnier scores UAH's second goal against Anchorage on Friday. (UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Brennan Saulnier scores UAH’s second goal against Anchorage on Friday. (UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger recap: UAH (1-2-1 overall, 0-1-1 WCHA) opened conference play at home against Alaska-Anchorage, but managed only one point in the series.

On Friday, the Chargers erased a two-goal deficit with three goals in the first 7:35 of the second period. Cody Marooney got the scoring started, Brennan Saulnier stayed hot with his fourth goal of the season, and Josh Kestner gave UAH the lead. However, Seawolf senior Blake Tatchell’s tally early in the third would be it in a 3-3 draw.

On Saturday, UAH found itself down two again early in the second. Jetlan Houcher scored his first Charger goal, but UAA would make it 3-1 after two periods. Max McHugh‘s deflection goal cut Anchorage’s lead to 3-2, but UAH couldn’t find the equalizer as the Seawolves held on to win.

Saulnier leads the Chargers with four goals and seven points, followed by McHugh with three goals and six points. Chad Brears, who just played his 100th career game at UAH, has four assists through four games.

UAH goaltender Carmine Guerriero has a 2.96 goals against average and .892 save percentage in four starts.

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (2-4-0 overall, 0-0-0 WCHA) will be playing its first conference series of the season. After an 0-2 start at the Ice Breaker, the Lakers split a home-and-home series with Upper Peninsula rival Northern Michigan (in what was not a WCHA series), and split two games at Michigan State.

The Lakers, who were picked to finish 10th and 9th in the coaches and media preseason polls, respectively, continue to rebuild under second-year head coach Damon Whitten. Lake Superior has played 10 freshmen so far this season. Ten of Lake State’s 14 goals this season have been scored by freshmen, with two each coming from forwards Gage Torrel, J.T. Henke, C.J. Hayes, and Josh Nenadal.

Gordon Defiel is looking to build upon a promising rookie campaign in his sophomore season. In four starts, he has a 4.02 goals against average and an .877 save percentage. Freshman Nick Kossoff has stopped 47 of 49 saves in two starts, with one of them being a shutout against Northern Michigan.

Saturday will be the Lakers’ eighth annual Pink in the Rink game. The Lakers will wear pink-laden jerseys to raise money to help the War Memorial Hospital promote its new oncology unit.

Around the WCHA: This is the first weekend when all 10 teams will be facing off in conference action.

All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, Oct. 30
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#12 Bowling Green at Alaska Anchorage, 5:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 1
#12 Bowling Green at Alaska Anchorage, 5:07 p.m.

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