Preview: UAH vs. Alaska Anchorage

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
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Team stats: UAH | Alaska Anchorage

Brennan Saulnier

Brennan Saulnier (UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger update: UAH (2-6-0 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) split the series at Arizona State, ending a stretch of eight road games to start the season. The Sun Devils won the first game 3-2 on Friday, and the Chargers came back with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Brennan Saulnier scored a goal in each game at ASU, and Kurt Gosselin had a goal and two assists for the series. Kestner secured Saturday’s win with an empty-net goal, giving him four on the season and tying Saulnier for the team lead.

Mark Sinclair made 19 saves in his second start on Friday. Jordan Uhelski was the netminder in the win as he stopped 18 of 19 shots.

The Chargers are ready to play at home for a while. They’ll spend the next six games in three weeks at the VBC.

Charger leaders:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 4 goals-2 assists-6 points in 8 games played)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 4-2-6 in 8 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 2-4-6 in 8 GP)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-2-5 in 7 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 3.35 goals against average, .896 save percentage in 6 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape Alaska Anchorage
2-6-0 Overall record 1-6-1
1-1-0 WCHA record 1-1-0
2.12 Goals/game 2.00
3.50 Goals allowed/game 3.25
14.5 Pen. minutes/game 13.6
15.4% Power play 15.4%
73.9% Penalty kill 82.5%

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (1-6-1 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) played its first WCHA series last week at Lake Superior State and earned a split. The Seawolves lost 3-2 in overtime and won 4-1 to end a six-game losing streak.

Senior forward Austin Azurdia scored twice against Lake Superior last week to take the team’s scoring lead. Jeremiah Luedtke had a goal and two assists in the series.

Senior goaltender Olivier Mantha stopped 65 of 69 shots against the Lakers, including 34 in the Seawolves’ win on Saturday.

Players to watch:
Austin Azurdia (Sr., F, 3-4-7 in 8 GP)
Tad Kozun (Sr., F, 2-4-6 in 8 GP)
Jeremiah Luedtke (Jr., F, 2-3-5 in 8 GP)
Jordan Xavier (Fr., F, 3-0-3 in 8 GP)
Olivier Mantha (Sr., G, 3.26 GAA, .909 SV%, 8 GP)

Series notes: Alaska Anchorage holds a 20-7-2 edge in the all-time series, but UAH was won five of the last eight meetings with one tie. UAH is 4-6-2 against UAA at home. Last season, the teams played in Anchorage, with the Chargers sweeping by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

This week in the WCHA: All times are Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on

Friday, Nov. 10
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
#10 Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #20 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#10 Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.