Jan 112018

Where: Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
When: Friday, 10:07 p.m.; Saturday, 10:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Alaska Anchorage

Charger update: UAH (7-15-2 overall, 6-10-2 WCHA) split the series at Alaska Fairbanks last week, losing 3-2 and winning 3-1. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak.

In the first game, Kurt Gosselin scored his fourth goal of the season and Austin Beaulieu tallied his first, but the Nanooks broke a 2-2 tie with a goal with 55 seconds remaining to prevent Mark Sinclair (21 saves) from getting his first win in his fifth start.

In the finale, Josh Kestner notched his team-leading 15th goal (2nd in the WCHA) and Beaulieu scored again to give UAH a 2-0 lead. Christian Rajic’s empty-net goal with 43 seconds to go sealed the win.

Jordan Uhelski made 35 saves on Saturday, raising his overall save percentage to .911, the second-best in the WCHA this season.

Kestner leads the WCHA for goals in conference play with 13.

The Chargers are in sixth place in the WCHA standings with 21 points, seven points behind fifth-place Michigan Tech.

This is UAH’s last road series of the regular season. The Chargers will have its last four series at home, starting with Bemidji State coming to the VBC on Jan. 26-27.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 15 goals-4 assists-19 points in 24 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 5-11-16 in 22 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7-5-12 in 22 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 8-4-12 in 24 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 4-5-9 in 24 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.90 goals against average, .911 save percentage in 19 starts)

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (1-15-4 overall, 1-10-3 WCHA) has lost eight games in a row and is winless in its last 12. The Seawolves’ lone victory came Nov. 4 at Lake Superior State.

Last week, UAA lost 5-2 and 4-1 to WCHA-leader and seventh-ranked Minnesota State at home. The Seawolves are in last place in the WCHA, 10 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Senior goaltender Olivier Mantha has started all 20 games for the Seawolves this season, posting a 3.43 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Players to watch:
Austin Azurdia (Sr., F, 8-5-13 in 20 GP)
Tad Kozun (Sr., F, 4-7-11 in 20 GP)
Jonah Renouf (Jr., F, 2-8-10 in 15 GP)
Olivier Mantha (Sr., G, 3.43 GAA, .907 SV% in 20 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape
(per game averages)
Alaska Anchorage
7-15-2 Overall record 1-15-4
6-10-2 WCHA record 1-10-3
2.50 (7th) Goals 1.71 (10th)
3.11 (7th) Goals allowed 3.64 (10th)
16.2 (2nd) Penalty minutes 14.4 (4th)
17.6% (5th) Power play 13.2% (9th)
82.6% (6th) Penalty kill 67.2% (10th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only


Series notes: Alaska Anchorage leads the all-time series 20-8-3, but UAH is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. This includes UAH getting a 5-1 win and a 3-3 tie in Huntsville back in November. UAH is 3-14-0 all-time in Anchorage, but those three wins have come in the last four games there.

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

Friday, Jan. 12
* UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #8 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
#7 North Dakota at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13
* UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #8 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #7 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

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