Chargers’ rally comes up short vs. Mavericks

The Chargers scored two third-period goals, but No. 19 Minnesota State held on for a 3-2 win Saturday at the Von Braun Center to compete a two-game sweep.

UAH (7-15-2 overall, 7-9-2 WCHA) rallied from a 3-0 deficit, and had a major power play opportunity in the third period, but could not get the equalizer and avoid its fourth straight defeat.


Minnesota State (13-7-2, 9-5-2) moved into a tie with Bowling Green for third place in the WCHA. UAH now sits in fifth.

The Mavericks scored two goals in the first with tallies from Ian Scheid and Zach Stepan. Stepan, a Nashville Predators prospect, scored again in the second to give MSU a 3-0 lead.

UAH got on the board for the first time in the series as Max McHugh scored his eighth goal of the season, beating MSU goaltender Aaron Nelson in front of the crease. Brennan Saulnier had his eighth assist of the year.

Less than a minute later, Hans Gorowsky scored UAH’s second goal, driving to the net and poking the puck past Nelson for his fifth goal of the season. Brandon Salerno and Sean Rappleyea got the assists.

UAH goaltender Carmine Guerriero made 22 saves.

The Chargers are off next week before heading to Lake Superior State on Jan. 20-21. UAH’s next home series is Jan 27-28 against Michigan Tech.