UAH musters chances, but no goals vs. Irish

UAH had the shots against 8th-ranked Notre Dame, but not the goals. Not any.

The Chargers were shut out 4-0 on Saturday by touted freshman goaltender Dylan St. Cyr and the Fighting Irish, who completed the season-opening sweep.


UAH (0-2-0) had the benefit of 34 shots on goal and five power plays, but were bitten by last-second goals in the first and second periods by Notre Dame (2-0-0).

Mark Sinclair had 27 saves in his first collegiate start for the Chargers, who have next week off before travelling to Michigan Tech for their first WCHA series of the season.

The first period was set up nicely for UAH.

UAH had the benefit of three power plays in the first 10 minutes of the game, but could not convert. Indeed, it was Notre Dame which had the shots advantage at that point, including a couple of shorthanded opportunities.

The Chargers finally found some rhythm afterward, though, and was able to keep St. Cyr, the U.S. national development team product, busy. With about seven minutes left in the frame, St. Cyr denied a one-time shot by Josh Kestner after a great pass by Kurt Gosselin.

Despite the offensive charge by UAH, it could not find the net. But when Notre Dame finally got its first power play of the game with 33 seconds left in the period (a hooking call on Christian Rajic), the Irish, which had two power play goals on Friday, made them pay quickly.

Notre Dame pounced on a turnover, and Bobby Nardella found a wide open Andrew Oglevie in the left circle. Oglevie’s one-timer beat Sinclair with only a half second remaining in the first.

The Chargers had more shots in the first period, 15-11, but it was the Fighting Irish who led 1-0.

Notre Dame extended its lead to 2-0 on a similar play with 14:41 left in the second. Colin Thiesen on the right circle passed it to the left circle, where Jordan Gross, again wide open, released a one-timer past Sinclair.

UAH had 1:06 of two-man advantage after back-to-back penalties by way of Irish hits on Brennan Saulnier, but the Chargers couldn’t start a comeback. UAH finished 0-for-5 on the power play for the game and 1-for-10 in the series.

To make things sting even more, the Irish ended the second period with yet another goal in the final second. It was Oglevie who scored again, this time with just :00.1 left on the clock to make it 3-0 Notre Dame.

Matt Steeves added ND’s fourth goal with 10:11 to go, putting in a rebound as he was being tripped by Cody Champagne.

Hans Gorowsky had seven of the Chargers’ 34 shots on goal, which actually exceeded Notre Dame’s 31.

Cam Knight briefly went to the locker room after a collision with Notre Dame’s Dennis Gilbert laid him down on the ice for a couple of minutes. He returned late in the period and started the second period.