Hoof Beats: Series with Alaska crucial to playoff run

UPDATED with Friday’s televised game being carried on WHNT2 in Huntsville.

If the Chargers want to get back into the WCHA playoffs, they will need to do some damage this weekend.

A disappointing first half of the season has UAH in 10th and last place in the WCHA standings. The Chargers are 2-10-2 in league play with six points, four points behind ninth-place Alaska — this weekend’s opponent at the Von Braun Center.

The real target is eighth place or better, which is playoff qualification. Alaska Anchorage and Lake Superior State are tied for seventh with 12 points, two up on Alaska and six up on UAH. The Chargers must take advantage of this series to stay within sight of these clubs.

Alaska comes in after taking only one point against Bemidji State over the weekend, losing and tying the Beavers in a pair of overtime games in Fairbanks. Alaska Anchorage hosts Bemidji State and Lake Superior hosts Bowling Green as the second half of the conference season gets going in earnest.

UAH also needs to win this series because it only gets tougher the rest of the way. Eight of the final 12 games are on the road, including a trip to Anchorage, and the remaining four home games are against the top two teams in the WCHA (Minnesota State and Bowling Green).

Friday’s game is on TV: Friday night’s UAH game against Alaska at the VBC is nationally televised. The game will be broadcast by American Sports Network, which is primarily carried on local digital stations and some regional sports networks.

In Huntsville, the game will be carried on WHNT2. On cable systems, the game will be on Comcast channel 1008, WOW! channel 908, Charter channel 193, or Mediacom channel 80.

Friday’s game will be carried on the regional sports network MASN. For DirecTV subscribers with the DirecTV Sports Pack, the game will be on Channel 640. For Dish Network subscribers with the Multi-Sport Pack, the game will be on Channel 432.

Check the ASN web site to see if and how the game is available in your area.

Friday’s game was supposed to be joined in progress on TSN2 in Canada, but the current schedule no longer shows the game listed.

Local fans are encouraged to come to the game (we always encourage that, especially for an important series like this weekend’s) or watch online at WCHA.tv.

This week’s festivities: UAH will have the sixth trading card set being given away on Friday to the first 500 fans, courtesy of Colonial Printing.

On Saturday, the first 500 UAH fans get free foam mini hockey sticks, courtesy of American Promotions.

The Blue Line Club lunch will take place Friday at noon at the Varsity Room of Spragins Hall. Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson and the UAH coaching staff will be there to talk about this week’s series. Lawlers Barbecue will be catering.

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