Chargers lose another close one at NMU

The Chargers outshot the opponent for the first time this season, and even that wasn’t enough to get their first win of the season.

UAH lost to Northern Michigan 4-2 on Saturday, a sweep for the 20th-ranked Wildcats despite the best effort the Chargers have had all season.

The Chargers (0-8 overall, 0-4 WCHA) can take their frustrations out on Alaska Anchorage at the Von Braun Center next week.

NMU (6-1-1, 4-0-0) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games although the Chargers outshot the Wildcats 27-24. They needed another empty-net goal at the end before they could breathe.

The Wildcats scored first on the power play following a Max Coyle slashing penalty. Vincent De May beat UAH goaltender Mark Sinclair (19 saves) high on a one-timer from the left circle at the 8:16 mark

UAH tied the game with 4:22 remaining in the first. Austin Beaulieu did a spin move to a cross-ice pass to Christian Rajic, who scored his second goal of the season.

Beaulieu and Liam Izyk got the assists for their first points of the season, and for Izyk his college career.

NMU regained the lead at 2-1 early in the second period. Caleb Schroer slid away from the defender in the slot and beat Sinclair stick-side.

With 12:38 left in the second, Jarrett Lee was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

UAH quickly took advantage to tie the game at 2-2. Ten seconds into the long advantage, Tyr Thompson had an open net on the left side for his second goal of the season.

Latta was the one who found Thompson from the slot, netting his fifth assist of the year. Rajic also got an assist to become the first Charger with a multi-point game this season.

The Chargers used the power play to build a few shots on goal on NMU goaltender Nolan Kent (25 saves), but could not get the lead.

After the Wildcats killed the major penalty, they regained the lead a third time. Andre Ghantous had a loose puck come to him in the slot and scored with 6:45 left in the second.

UAH outshot NMU 15-8 in the second period, but was outscored 2-1.

The third period was mostly uneventful until the teams got a little chippy with under seven minutes to go, but there were no penalties called.

Like Friday, UAH pulled Sinclair with just over two minutes to go. And, like Friday, NMU sealed the win with an empty net goal with 58 seconds to go, this time by Griffin Loughran.

Pictured: Christian Rajic. Photo by Todd Thompson/Rivercat Photography.