Preview: UAH vs. Ferris State

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 | Ferris State

Jordan Uhelski

Jordan Uhelski made 60 saves last weekend against Lake Superior State. (Photo by Todd Thompson / RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (4-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 WCHA) had a split at home against Lake Superior State last week, with the Chargers losing 3-1 on Friday and winning 5-3 on Saturday.

This series against Ferris State will finish UAH’s six-game home stand before playing the next 12 on the road. The Chargers won’t play at the Von Braun Center again for two months.

Christian Rajic scored UAH’s first freshman hat trick in 15 years in Saturday’s win, giving him six goals on the season. He and senior Josh Kestner are tied for second on the team in goals.

Brennan Saulnier scored his team-leading seventh goal on Saturday, already besting his high mark for a season. His 10 points are tied with Tyler Poulsen, who has five assists in the last three games.

Jordan Uhelski has started the last five games for the Chargers in net. He matched a season high against LSSU on Saturday with 41 saves.

Charger leaders:
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7 goals-3 assists-10 points in 12 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-7-10 in 11 GP)
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.89 goals against average, .906 save percentage)

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Lake Superior State
4-7-1 Overall record 5-8-1
3-2-1 WCHA record 2-3-1
2.58 (T-5th) Goals/game 2.00 (T-9th)
3.17 (T-8th) Goals allowed/game 3.00 (6th)
15.4 (2nd) Pen. minutes/game 12.7 (7th)
18.6% (6th) Power play 14.5% (9th)
74.2% (9th) Penalty kill 76.4% (8th)

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (5-8-1 overall, 2-3-1 WCHA) is coming off being swept by Michigan State in a home-and-home series. Before that, the Bulldogs had won three straight, with a sweep of Alaska at home and finishing a split at Michigan.

Senior forward Mitch Maloney leads FSU with eight goals. He had a five-game goal-scoring streak broken last Saturday against Michigan State.

Goaltending has been split by sophomore Justin Kapelmaster and junior Darren Smith. Each had a start last week against Michigan State.

Players to watch:
Corey Mackin (Jr., F, 2-9-11 in 12 GP)
Mitch Maloney (Sr., F, 8-2-10 in 14 GP)
Ryker Killins (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 13 GP)
Justin Kapelmaster (So., G, 2.87 GAA, .913 SV%)
Darren Smith (Jr., G, 3.11 GAA, .909 SV%)

Series notes: Ferris State leads the all-time series 14-6-1, and has won six of eight games at the Von Braun Center. However, the Chargers won three of four meetings last season. UAH swept the Bulldogs in Big Rapids 2-1 and 4-3 to open the 2016-17 campaign and split in Huntsville, winning 5-3 and losing 3-1.

Promotions: Kids 12 and under get free general admission to both games, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport. For “Black Friday Blackout”, the first 500 fans to Friday’s game get a black UAH hockey T-shirt, courtesy of Wells Fargo. Fans are encouraged to wear black at Friday’s game.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at #16 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.
USA Under-18 at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.