Jake Theut did all he could to keep his former team at bay, but the Chargers didn’t have anything else for 11th-ranked Northeastern.
Theut, a graduate transfer from Northeastern, made 41 saves in UAH’s 2-0 loss to the Huskies on Saturday in the second game of the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. It was the fourth time in eight starts this season Theut has made 40 or more saves.
The Chargers (3-17-0) couldn’t do much to support Theut, getting shut out for the fifth time this season. Northeastern (12-3-1) outshot UAH by a 43-13 margin in winning its eighth straight game.
Northeastern couldn’t score on an early power play, but took advantage of a tired Charger team pinned in their own end not long after. Matt Filipe found the net from an odd angle in the right circle at the 6:19 mark for a 1-0 Husky lead.
The Huskies would get 10 shots on goal before the Chargers got their first, a Dayne Finnson shot from just inside the blue line. UAH would manage just three shots on goal in the opening frame.
Theut would keep the Chargers in the game throughout the second period, when he stopped another 11 shots. UAH would get a little more offensive with six shots on goal in the period, but was still scoreless.
The pucks came coming toward the UAH net in the third period, and Northeastern finally scored its second goal with 9:23 remaining as Austin Plevy’s deflection right in front of Theut found the back of the net.
The Chargers have finished the non-conference schedule and will host Ferris State for WCHA play at the Von Braun Center next Friday and Saturday.
File photo of Jake Theut by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography