St. Cloud uses another big period to finish sweep of UAH

This time, it was the second period when things got away from a potential upset.

After scoring four third-period goals to win 5-1 on Friday, St. Cloud State netted four in the second on Saturday to turn a 1-0 UAH lead into a 5-2 win.


The Chargers (2-7-1) are now winless in their last eight games after winning their first two. They head to Alaska Anchorage to resume WCHA play next week. The 10th-ranked Huskies improved to 4-2-0.

The Huskies came out throwing pucks on net just like Friday, getting six shots on goal in the first five minutes.

UAH’s first big chance of the game came when Matt Salhany broke away from a SCSU defender, but his shot went off the right post.

The Chargers got another breakaway, but this time it led to UAH’s first lead of the series. Josh Kestner stole the puck at center ice, made SCSU goaltender Zach Driscoll commit to the left, and scored on the right.

It was Kestner’s third goal of the season and second of the series.

Meanwhile, it was another hot start for UAH goaltender Jordan Uhelski, starting both games of a series for the first time. After a 48-save performance on Friday, he made 10 in the first period Saturday.

However, St. Cloud State blew the game open in the second period.

The Huskies tied the game a 1-1 shorthanded after Patrick Newell stole the puck from Kestner and went the distance to beat Uhelski at 2:07.

SCSU took a quick two goal lead with back-to-backs 2:18 apart. First Blake Winiecki scored from the top of the circles, then Jack Ahcan from downtown through the middle made it 3-1 Huskies.

The Huskies went for the kill with a late power play, and Ryan Poehling delivered with just 23 seconds left in the second period.

UAH got back into the game with a goal with 9:58 left. As a St. Cloud power play expired, UAH got a 2-on-1 break. Cam Knight centered to Hans Gorowsky who scored his second goal of the season to cut the Huskies lead to 4-2.

St. Cloud answered with a Judd Peterson goal to lead 5-2 with 6:19 to go.

The Huskies outshot the Chargers 29-12. Uhelski finished with 24 saves.