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Preview: Alaska at UAH

Where: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: Ticket information | FloHockey.tv (subscription required)
Promotions: Military Appreciation Weekend, presented by the UAH Office of Economic Research and Bryant Bank: All active and former military personnel get free admission, and military T-shirts will be given away on Saturday. Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, courtesy Huntsville International Airport, at the VBC box office on game days. UAH hockey trading cards will be given to the first 500 fans on Friday.

Charger update: UAH (6-19-1 overall, 6-11-1-1 WCHA) got its first series sweep of the season with 6-2 and 6-3 wins over Alaska Anchorage at the VBC last week.

After starting 0-9, the Chargers have won three straight at home. UAH is 3-1-1 in its last five games overall.

The 12 goals last week were the most the Chargers scored in a two-game series since Jan. 2004. UAH has scored 21 goals in its last four home games, a 5.25 average.

Leading the offensive charge were seniors Hans Gorowsky and Kurt Gosselin. Gorowsky scored four goals with an assist over the weekend to earn WCHA Forward of the Week honors. Gosselin had six points on three goals and three assists for the WCHA Defenseman of the Week award and the NCAA’s No. 1 star.

Cam Knight added a goal and three assists, and Austin Beaulieu also had three assists. Andrew Dodson, Jack Jeffers, Connor Wood, and Jesper Ohrvall all pitched in a goal.

Mark Sinclair played both games in goal, stopping 47 of 52 shots.

The penalty kill now sits at 87.7 percent, tops in the WCHA and fifth in Division I.

UAH moved into a dead heat for seventh in the WCHA standings with this week’s opponent, Alaska. The Chargers are 10 points clear of ninth-place Ferris State.

UAH 2018-19 Statistics

About the Nanooks: Alaska (6-16-2 overall, 6-11-1-1 WCHA) is coming off a series split at home with No. 9 Bowling Green, winning the opener 4-1 before falling 2-0. The Nanooks have one win in each of their last two series, but those have been the only wins in their last eight games.

The Chargers and Nanooks met in Fairbanks back in November, with UAH winning the first game 3-1 before Alaska took the second 2-1. This series could decide potential tiebreakers for seeding in the WCHA playoffs.

Sophomore left wing Steven Jandric leads the Nanooks in scoring with six goals and 12 points. The Nanooks are averaging 1.79 goals per game this season, just behind UAH’s 1.81.

Anton Martinsson is Alaska’s top goaltender with a 3.02 goals against average and .905 save percentage in 16 starts. He made 67 saves on 69 Bowling Green shots last week.

Alaska 2018-19 statistics

Series notes: 
Overall: Alaska leads 23-10-2 (first meeting: Dec. 11, 1987).
In Huntsville: Alaska leads 8-4-2.
Trend: Tied 4-4-1 in the last nine meetings.
Last meeting: Nov. 16-17, 2018 in Fairbanks. UAH won 3-1, Alaska won 2-1.

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

Friday, January 25
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#7 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #9 Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 26
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#7 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #9 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.