UAH drops 3-1 decision to Ferris

The first half of the season ended on another sour note.

The Chargers, trying to get some momentum going after back-to-back ties, lost to Ferris State 3-1 on Saturday in Big Rapids, Michigan.

UAH heads into the holiday break with a 1-14-3 record overall and a 1-10-3-1 record in WCHA play. The Chargers next play at North Dakota on January 3-4.

Ferris State improved to 6-9-2 overall and 4-6-2-0 in WCHA play.

A bright spot for the Chargers was, once again, goaltender Mark Sinclair. He made 29 saves on 31 FSU shots, but the offensive support was not there.

Most of the first period was quiet, but Ferris State took the lead late on a power play goal following a Connor Wood holding penalty. Zach Yoder scored to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with 2:04 remaining.

The second period saw several penalties, with UAH getting three power play opportunities. The Chargers got a few attempts on Ferris State goaltender Austin Shaw, but could not convert.

One of those power plays was cut short when Tanner Hickey and Jack Jeffers were simultaneously sent to the penalty box at the halfway point of the second, but the Chargers killed off the two-man disadvantage.

UAH had another power play to start the third period but the struggles continued. The Chargers went 0-for-7 on the power play for the game, was 0-for-9 for the series, and is 0 for their last 32 power plays overall. UAH’s last power play goal was November 9 against Alaska Anchorage.

Ferris State extended its lead to 2-0 at the 4:06 mark on Marshall Moise’s goal.

The Chargers got on the board with 9:54 remaining in regulation. Tanner Hickey’s blast from the right point was his second goal of the season, assisted by Dayne Finnson and Liam Izyk.

Ferris State finished the win on Moise’s second goal of the game and fourth of the series. It was an empty-net goal from near the full length of the ice in the final second, while UAH had the power play and Sinclair pulled for the extra attacker.