Preview: UAH hosts Ferris State in rematch

Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:07 p.m.
UAH Christmas cards to first 500
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:07 p.m.
UAH trading cards to first 500
Season stats: UAH | Ferris State

UAH started the season with a sweep at Ferris State. The Chargers hope more success against the Bulldogs this weekend in Huntsville will provide a boost toward a playoff run.

The series starts Saturday at 7 p.m., with the first 500 fans getting UAH Christmas cards. Sunday’s game is a 3 p.m. start. Kids 12 and under get free general admission.

Supplies For Gatlinburg will be in the lobby at the VBC this weekend collecting items to take up to those affected by the devastating fires this week. Also, all proceeds from Chuck-a-Puck this weekend will be donated to the relief efforts for those affected by the tornadoes in Alabama on Tuesday night.

All-time series: UAH won a pair of one-goal games in Big Rapids on Oct. 1-2, but Ferris State leads the overall series 13-5-1. The Bulldogs are 5-1 against UAH in Huntsville.

Charger recap: UAH (4-10-2 overall, 4-6-2 WCHA) was swept two weeks ago by Bowling Green, keeping the Chargers winless at home this season. UAH had third-period leads in both games but lost 4-1 and 8-3.

Kurt Gosselin had a goal and an assist in the series, extending his point-scoring streak to six games. He now has 10 points on the season on four goals and six assists.

Josh Kestner leads the squad with 12 points, tied for ninth in the WCHA, after a goal and an assist in the last game. Max McHugh still leads the team with five goals, but has been kept off the scoresheet in four straight.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Ferris State
4-10-2 Overall record 5-9-1
4-6-2-0 (T5th) WCHA record 4-5-1-1 (T5th)
2.58 (7th) Goals/game 3.00 (T3rd)
3.75 (10th) Goals allowed/game 3.10 (6th)
11.8 (9th) Pen. minutes/game 12.6 (6th)
17.5% (5th) Power play 16.1% (6th)
77.2% (9th) Penalty kill 83.9% (6th)

Goaltender Carmine Guerriero started both games in the Bowling Green series, with mixed results. He stopped 29 of 32 shots in game one, but allowed seven goals in game two.

The Chargers are tied for fifth place in the WCHA standings with Ferris State with 14 points.

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (5-9-1 overall, 4-5-1 WCHA), after being swept at home by the Chargers, wound up with an eight-game winless streak to start the season. Since then, the Bulldogs have won five of seven, including wins over league contenders Bowling Green and Minnesota State. FSU was also off last week after sweeping Lake Superior State at home.

Senior Gerald Mayhew tops the WCHA in goals with nine in just 11 games, including scoring goals in his last five games. He had two goals against the Chargers on Oct. 2.

Craig Pelfrey’s 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) leads the Bulldogs and is third in the WCHA. Mitch Maloney and Corey Mackin have six and five goals, respectively. Pelfrey and Maloney each had three-point weekends against UAH earlier this season.

Freshman goaltender Justin Kapelmaster has had the hot hand for FSU. In six games (five starts), he has a 1.85 goals against average, a .943 save percentage, and one shutout. He made 73 saves in the Bulldogs’ sweep of Lake Superior, earning him WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

Sophomore Darren Smith, who was in net against UAH back in October, has a 3.67 goals against average and .881 save percentage in 10 starts.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on

Friday, December 2
* #13 Bemidji State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
* Alaska at #15 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, December 3
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* #13 Bemidji State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Alaska at #15 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Sunday, December 4
* Ferris State at UAH, 3:07 p.m.