Lake Superior State scored two third-period goals, including the game-winner with 9.2 seconds remaining, to beat UAH 2-1 on Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
UAH (3-11-1 overall, 3-6-0 WCHA) held a 1-0 lead after two periods thanks to more strong goaltending by David Fessenden (26 saves) and a goal by Bennett Stockdale.
Stockdale drove along the goal line made a move around a defender and slipped the puck through Mareks Mitens’s five-hole for his second goal of the season.
Defensemen Josh Martin and Drew Lennon got the assists. It was the first collegiate point for Martin, who joined the Chargers last month.
Lake Superior (11-4-3, 5-3-0) got a 4-on-4 goal by Jacob Nordqvist with 9:45 remaining. Norqvist scored on a rebound at point-blank range following Hampus Eriksson’s shot.
The 20th-ranked Lakers went on the power play after a slashing penalty was called on Connor Wood with 21.8 seconds left in the third period. Will Riedell then scored with 9.2 remaining with a blast up the middle.
The Lakers outshot the Chargers, 28-10. Almost half of the Lakers’ shots came in the first period as the Chargers started closing shooting lanes in the second period.
Game two of the series is Saturday at 4:07 p.m. Central Time.