Preview: UAH at Colorado College, #10 Denver

UAH at Colorado College
Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. CDT
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UAH at #10 Denver
Magness Arena, Denver, Colo.
When: Saturday, 8:07 p.m. CDT
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The Chargers would probably like a do-over after a rough first weekend for the Chargers (0-2-0), who lost at Miami (Ohio) by scores of 5-1 Saturday and 4-0 Sunday. They’ll take what they’ve learned out west this week with single games at NCHC foes Colorado College and Denver.

UAH struggled to mount an offense against Miami. The RedHawks outshot the Chargers a combined 83-29 for the series, including a 45-11 advantage on Sunday. UAH only had five power plays for the weekend.

The Chargers’ lone goal came on their first shot on goal on Saturday, by Austin Beaulieu.

Kurt Gosselin had an assist on Saturday, but got a game misconduct penalty for contact to the head of a Miami player in the second player. The WCHA suspended Gosselin for Sunday’s game, but he’ll be back in the lineup Friday.

Mark Sinclair had a career-high 33 saves in net on Saturday. Jake Theut made 41 saves in goal on Sunday, his first start for UAH after transferring from Northeastern.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Tigers: Colorado College (1-1-0) split its season-opening series at Alaska Anchorage last week, rolling over the Seawolves 10-2 on Saturday but falling 4-3 on Sunday.

Senior Westin Michaud was named the NCHC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring twice and getting two assists in the Tigers’ win over UAA.

Colorado College, which finished seventh in the NCHC last season and was 15-17-5 overall, is predicted to finish sixth in the league’s media preseason poll.

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Nick Halloran (F, Jr., 19 goals-26 assists-45 points, All-American)
Mason Bergh (F, Sr., 18-22-40)
Trey Bradley (F, Sr., 7-24-31)
Alex Leclerc (G, Sr., 3.21 goals against average, .907 save percentage, 4 shutouts)

Series notes:
Overall: Colorado College leads 8-1-0.
At Colorado Springs: Colorado College leads 7-0-0.
First meeting: Oct. 7, 2006 in Colorado Springs. Colorado College won 8-1.
Last meeting: Dec. 18-19, 2015 in Huntsville. Colorado College won 5-2, UAH won 2-1.

About the Pioneers: Denver will be opening its season Friday at Air Force before entertaining the Chargers at Magness Arena. The Pioneers won a preseason exhibition game against Alberta 6-4 on Saturday.

The Pioneers finished 23-10-8 overall last season and second place in the NCHC. DU won the NCHC tournament and reached the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional final in 2018, one year after winning the national championship.

The NCHC preseason media poll has Denver placing fifth this season, the drop coming from losing their top three scorers (who all signed NHL deals) and All-American goaltender Tanner Jaillet. Also, head coach Jim Montgomery left to coach the Dallas Stars. Still, the Pioneers will be a formidable challenge with six NHL prospects.

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Ian Mitchell (D, So., 2 goals-28 assists-30 points, Chicago Black Hawks prospect)
Jarid Lukosevicius (F, Sr., 21-13-34)
Colin Staub (F. Sr., 7-15-22)

Series notes:
Overall: Denver leads 5-1-0.
At Denver: Denver leads 5-1-0.
First meeting: Jan. 26 & 28, 2001 in Denver. Denver won 4-0 and 3-0.
Last meeting: Jan. 6-7, 2012 in Denver. UAH won 3-2, Denver won 5-2.

This week in the WCHA: All times are Central. All WCHA home games can be seen on

Friday, October 12
UAH at Colorado College, 8:30 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, 6 p.m.
#20 Bowling Green at Robert Morris, 6:05 p.m.
#18 Western Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota Duluth at #19 Michigan Tech, 6:37 p.m.
#13 North Dakota at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#8 Boston University at #11 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#5 St. Cloud State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Nipissing at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
UAH at #10 Denver, 8:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Western Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
#3 Minnesota Duluth at #19 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
#8 Boston University at #11 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #13 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
#5 St. Cloud State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Nipissing at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Sunday, October 14
Robert Morris at #20 Bowling Green, 4:07 p.m.