Hoof Beats: Beaulieu named WCHA forward of the week

After lifting the Chargers to a Saturday win and scoring four points on the weekend, Austin Beaulieu was named the WCHA Forward of the Week on Monday.

Beaulieu had a hand in all three goals that rallied UAH from being two goals down late in the third to victory in overtime on Saturday.

Beaulieu’s tally with 3:25 remaining in regulation cut FSU’s lead to 3-2. Beaulieu made a critical interception to keep the Chargers onside, and then assisted Brandon Salerno’s game-tying goal with 11 seconds to go. Beaulieu then tipped Cam Knight’s shot to score in overtime for the 4-3 UAH win.

Beaulieu also scored a goal in UAH’s 6-5 overtime loss on Friday.

The junior from Coral Springs, Fla. has four goals and six points on the season.

New commitments: Last Monday, we looked at how UAH’s recruits have been faring in juniors during the first half of the season. Since then, the Chargers got three more commitments.

On Dec. 31, forward William Zapernick announced his commitment to join UAH in 2020. The Edmonton native is currently with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL, with 19 goals and 34 points in 36 games this season.

On Wednesday, forward Liam Izyk of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) declared his commitment to UAH. The 20-year-old forward from Strathmore, Alberta is in his third season with the Oil Barons, has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 31 games this year. Izyk is expected to arrive in 2019.

On Friday, defenseman Max Coyle of Tillsonsburg, Ontario announced his commitment. In 40 games this season with the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), Coyle has 11 points on two goals and nine assists. He is also expected to join UAH next season.

Check out our commitments page for a running list of future Charger recruits.

New announcer coming: UAH hockey will have a new play-by-play voice for the Chargers’ final six home games on

Peyton Turnage will take over calling duties beginning with UAH’s next home game, Jan. 18 against Alaska Anchorage.

Turnage, a member of the Penalty Box Radio crew, has spent the last five years broadcasting junior hockey (Nashville Jr. Predators) and club-level college hockey, primarily Vanderbilt and the SECHC. He resides in Louisville, Ky.

Turnage takes over for Zachary Bryan, another Penalty Box Radio alum who called UAH home games online for the last three years. His final game was Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win. Bryan will be taking a new broadcasting job in Oklahoma.