Chargers fall 4-1 to Lake State in Canada

The frustration carried north of the border.

The Chargers lost to Lake Superior State 4-1 on Saturday at GFL Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

UAH (2-22-6, 2-16-6-1 WCHA) barely avoided being shut out for the third straight game, scoring their only goal of the series with 1:16 left in the third period.

It was the Chargers’ first game in Canada since starting the 1994-95 season at the University of Windsor, although this was the first NCAA game for UAH in Canada.

Lake Superior State (10-20-4, 8-12-4-4 WCHA) clinched a spot in the WCHA playoffs with the win.

The Lakers kept Mark Sinclair busy again in this one, getting 15 shots on the junior. The Chargers only mustered four, but it was the same situation: No goals for either team.

But Lake Superior State broke through in the second period with three goals, the first regulation goals of the weekend by either side.

First, Ashton Calder scored on a breakaway with 9:01 left, ending Sinclair’s shutout streak at 126 minutes and 15 seconds.

It just snowballed after that. Jacob Nordqvist made it 2-0 two minutes later, and then Brayden Gelsinger made it 3-0 just 30 seconds after that.

Will Riedell added the fourth goal for the Lakers at 4:11 of the third period.

Tanner Hickey finally got the Chargers on the board with 1:16 remaining.

The Lakers outshot UAH 33-25 for the game. Sinclair finished with 29 saves.

UAH’s road winless streak is now at 21 games (0-17-4) going back to last season. The Chargers hit the road one last time next week at WCHA-leading Minnesota State.