Preview: UAH at Michigan Tech

Where: John C. MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, Mich.
When: Friday and Saturday, 6:07 p.m. CST
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Charger update: UAH (2-14-0 overall, 2-8-0 WCHA), coming off a desperately needed victory at Bemidji State, hit the road again for another WCHA series at Michigan Tech.

After a nondescript 4-0 loss on Friday, the Chargers scored four unanswered goals to frustrate the Beavers 4-2 on Saturday. Four different Chargers found the net: Connor Wood (first), Bauer Neudecker (2nd), Cam Knight (1st), Connor Merkley (1st). Jesper Ohrvall had two assists to give him a team-leading six.

Jake Theut, the senior graduate transfer from Northeastern, finally got his first collegiate victory, making 21 saves. He now sports a .910 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average. Mark Sinclair played in Friday’s game, and now has a .916 save percentage and 2.93 GAA.

UAH is off next week before heading to a non-conference holiday tournament, the Catamount Cup at Vermont, on Dec. 28-29. The Chargers’ next home series is Jan. 4-5 against Ferris State.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Huskies: Michigan Tech (9-6-1 overall, 8-1-1 WCHA) stands in second place in the WCHA standings, one point behind Minnesota State.

Since sweeping the Chargers in Huntsville last month, the Huskies have gone 6-3-1. Two of those losses were non-conference affairs at Clarkson, and the other came last Friday in Marquette against their arch-rival Northern Michigan, 5-3. Tech got revenge with a 3-1 win last Saturday at home.

Jake Lucchini leads all Tech scorers with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. He had two goals in the second game against UAH. Defenseman Seamus Donohue is second with 11 points, 10 on assists. They lead an offense that is second in the WCHA with 4.00 goals per game in league play.

Junior goaltender has a 2.86 goals against average and .895 save percentage in a team-leading 10 starts. Robbie Beydoun was between the pipes in Saturday’s win over NMU, stopping 28 of 29 saves in his first start of the year.

Trenton Bliss was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week, scoring two goals and three points against NMU. He now has four goals and 10 points in 14 games. Two other freshmen, Brian Halonen and Alec Broetzman, also have four goals.

Michigan Tech 2018-19 statistics

Series notes:
Michigan Tech leads 15-1-2.
In Houghton: Michigan Tech leads 8-1-1.
Last 10 meetings: Michigan Tech leads 7-1-2.
Last meeting: Nov. 2-3, 2018 in Huntsville. Michigan Tech won 2-1 and 4-1.

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

Friday, December 14
UAH at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at #12 Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, December 15
UAH at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at #12 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Sunday, December 16
Lake Superior State at USA Under-18 Team (exhibition), 1 p.m.