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Kurt Gosselin scored UAH’s first hat trick in nearly nine years, boosting the Chargers to a 5-3 victory over Ferris State at the Von Braun Center on Friday night.

Gosselin put up the Chargers’ three-goal game for the first time since Cale Tanaka did it against Robert Morris on Feb. 1, 2008. It was UAH’s fourth hat trick by a defenseman, the first since Shane Stewart against Babson on Jan. 2, 1999.

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Gosselin moved into the team lead in goals with seven. He extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, posting 10 points in that stretch (six goals, four assists).

“I’m just thankful I got the forwards and good D partner to help me out,” Gosselin said. “When the puck comes up to the point where our job is to get it on net and find guys, and being able to produce for the team was a big deal. I’m really glad we got the W tonight.”

UAH (5-10-2 overall, 5-6-1 WCHA) ended a four-game winless streak, and posting its first home win of the season. It was also the Chargers’ third straight win over Ferris State (5-10-1 overall, 4-6-1 WCHA), whom UAH swept at the start of the season.

A critical error put UAH behind early, despite the Chargers being on a power play. Andrew Mayer stole the puck from Jetlan Houcher at center ice, and beat Jordan Uhelski on a breakaway for a 1-0 Ferris State lead 3:36 into the contest.

The Chargers had another sloppy power play, but managed to tie the game at 8:03 on a goal by Kurt Gosselin from the left wing circle. Hans Gorowsky and Max McHugh got the assists, breaking a four-game scoreless streak for McHugh.

Gosselin struck again from about the same spot just 1:54 later, giving UAH a 2-1 lead. Cam Knight and McHugh got the helpers.

For the Chargers, it was the eighth straight game holding a lead, but holding on to win has been an issue. UAH was 2-4-1 in its previous seven.

“We had been there before,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said. “It’s finally time for our guys to bow their neck back and say we’re going to take a stand, and they did. It was great to see.”

Halfway through the game, that lead was gone. An FSU shot hit the right post and sat in the crease, and despite contact with Uhelski as he tried to cover, Trevor Recktenwald found the puck and the net to tie the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs retook the lead at 3-2 with 44 seconds left in the second period, converting a power play chance from Sean Rappleyea’s tripping penalty. Jason Tackett had an open net after a cross-ice pass from Jared VanWormer on a tic-tac-toe play.

Then UAH rallied again in the third period, equalizing the game and then taking the lead on a 4-on-4 situation. Gosselin got the hat trick with a goal from the center point at 3:39, assisted again by from Cam Knight and McHugh.

“Kurt is one of those guys who finds holes,” Corbett said. “I think all of three of those shots were in the upper third of the net. He’s one of those guys we want shooting the puck.”

Then at 5:22, the Chargers took their second lead at 4-3. Hans Gorowsky scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by a nifty centering pass by Matt Salhany.

“That sequence of 4-on-4 for two minutes was probably as good a sequence we’ve had all year.”

This time, UAH finished the job. Knight finished off the 5-3 victory with an empty-net goal, down the middle from the UAH zone.

“I think the biggest thing is that we put in the work during the week and the results showed,” McHugh said. “In the game tonight, we didn’t get tired, we came through at the end, and we ended up being resilient like coach said, and we got the win.

“If we play the way we play against any team we should have the same result. For some reason we play against Ferris like that, but I think it’s a good starting point again.”

Uhelski stopped 29 of 32 shots for the victory, making key saves down the stretch. UAH outshot FSU 33-32 for the game.

Game two of the series is Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Three stars of the game: 

  1. Kurt Gosselin, UAH (hat trick)
  2. Max McHugh, UAH (3 assists)
  3. Cam Knight, UAH (1 goal, 2 assists)

NOTES: UAH hat tricks by defensemen, varsity: Steve Kasprzak (1987), Don Burke (1992), Shane Stewart (1999), Kurt Gosselin (2016). … UAH was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Ferris State was 1-for-2. … It’s the first time UAH has had three or more wins in a season against one opponent since joining the WCHA.

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