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UAH, UAA play to 2-2 tie

UAH and Alaska Anchorage played to a 2-2 tie in Anchorage on Saturday, with UAA getting the extra WCHA point in the 3-on-3 overtime period.

The Chargers (1-19-4, 1-13-4-1 WCHA) ended a six-game losing streak, but their winless streak is now at 11 games (0-8-3).

Alaska Anchorage (4-14-4, 4-11-3-3 WCHA) took five of six points on the weekend, just as it did in Huntsville back in November.

There was no scoring in the first period. The Chargers had a couple of prime chances, but they were stymied by UAA goaltender Brandon Perrone, who was making his first collegiate start.

Perrone made a prime right pad save on Josh Latta alone in the slot, and then made a swinging glove save on Connor Merkley’s drive through traffic.

Alaska Anchorage scored a power-play goal at 12:07 of the second period following back-to-back penalties on Max Coyle and Dayne Finnson. Luc Brown powered a one-timer from the left point.

UAH tied the game at 1-1 as Finnson came out of the penalty box. Finnson found Lucas Bahn in front of the net, and the Henderson, Tennessee native notched his first collegiate goal and point with 5:59 left in the second.

With 12 seconds left in the second period, Josh Latta scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Chargers a 2-1 lead.

At the same time, Daneel Lategan, who passed to Latta for the primary assist, was hit in the head by UAA’s Aaron McPheters, who had launched himself. McPheters got a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

UAH began the third with almost all the major power play, but Anchorage tied the game at 2-2 with a short-handed goal. Alex Frye had the steal in the neutral zone, a breakaway, a deke on Mark Sinclair, and the goal at the 2:05 mark.

No scoring in the overtime period resulted in a draw. In the 3-on-3 overtime, Tanner Schachle scored with 2:18 remaining.

Sinclair had 19 saves total, while Perrone had 20.

The Chargers are off next week before hosting Michigan Tech (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) and Alaska (Feb. 7-8).

Seawolves break out in win over UAH

Alaska Anchorage scored three goals in the first period and cruised to a 5-1 win over UAH at the Seawolf Sports Center in Anchorage on Friday night.

Austin Beaulieu provided the lone goal for the Chargers, who fell to 1-19-3 overall and 1-13-3-1 in the WCHA.

Alaska Anchorage (4-14-3, 4-11-2-2 WCHA) moved into eighth place in the WCHA standings, jumping over Ferris State. FSU is seven points ahead of the Chargers.

Game two of the series is at 8 p.m. CST from Anchorage.

The Seawolves came out peppering UAH goaltender Mark Sinclair (41 saves), and took a 1-0 lead at the 5:28 mark. Nick Wicks put in his own rebound from the left side.

UAA led 2-0 after Tony deGraaf scored just three minutes later, having on open net as the puck came to him with Sinclair out of position.

Zach Nazzarett scored with five minutes remaining to finish a dominant 3-0 first period for the Seawolves, who outshot the Chargers 20-10.

The Chargers asserted themselves for the first half of the second period, outshooting the Seawolves 11-2 at one point, but goaltender Kris Carlson kept UAH out of the net.

But UAA would crank up the shots again the rest of the second period, thanks in part to two power plays, to close the gap. But Sinclair, who felt a little pain on one particular save, posted a scoreless frame himself.

Tanner Schachle scored at the 2:18 mark of the third period to make it 4-0, but Austin Beaulieu answered 18 seconds later with a snapper from the right side to finally put UAH on the board.

A scare occurred in the Anchorage end just under four minutes into the period. UAA’s Zach Masson shoved Peyton Francis, who went into the corner backwards. His back and head hit the boards, and UAH training staff had to escort him off the ice, likely for concussion protocol. Masson received a minor boarding penalty.

Nazzarett scored his second goal of the night to put the Seawolves up 5-1.

With 10 minutes to go, the Chargers had a goal waved off. Beaulieu’s shot hit Carlson and trickled down to the ice and deflected off Josh Latta’s skate and in, but officials ruled after video review that Latta made unforced contact with the goaltender.

UAA outshot the Chargers 46-36.

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UAH heads to Anchorage for rematch

UAH (1-18-3, 1-12-3-1 WCHA) at Alaska Anchorage (3-14-3, 3-11-2-2 WCHA)
WHERE: Seawolf Sports Complex, Anchorage, Alaska
WHEN: Friday, 10:07 p.m.; Saturday, 8:07 p.m. (times CST)
WATCHFloHockey.tv (subscription)

Maybe a 4,000-mile-plus trip will get the Chargers on track.

UAH heads north to face Alaska Anchorage this weekend in a matchup of the bottom two teams in the WCHA. The Chargers, who need to get a run going to make the conference playoffs, sit in 10th place, six points behind the Seawolves.

The Chargers were swept at home last week by Bemidji State by scores of 3-1 and 4-3, extending their winless streak to nine games.

Josh Latta had two goals in the second game, giving him six on the season and the team lead in points with 15.

For the Seawolves, two freshmen lead in points (Nick Wicks, 12) and goals (Rylee St. Onge, five). Sophomore Tanner Schachle also has five goals.

Goaltender Kris Carlson has a .917 save percentage, which is fifth in the WCHA.

Back in November, the Seawolves took five of six points from the Chargers at the Von Braun Center. UAA took two points by taking the shootout following a 4-4 tie in game one before winning outright 3-1.

UAA has struggled since, losing 10 of its last 12 games. Last week, the Seawolves lost 4-1 and 6-3 at Northern Michigan.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central. Games can be streamed online via subscription to FloHockey.tv.

Friday, January 17
UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at #15 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#19 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#17 Northern Michigan at #1 Cornell, 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 18
UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 5:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at #15 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#19 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
#17 Northern Michigan at #1 Cornell, 6 p.m.

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Chargers fall to Bemidji on late power play goal

Bemidji State overcame the Chargers coming out of their power-play slump, rallying in the third period to defeat UAH 4-3 at the Von Braun Center on Friday to complete a series sweep.

The Chargers (1-18-3 overall, 1-12-3-1 WCHA) had a prime opportunity to get back into the win column thanks in part to three power-play goals, two by freshman Josh Latta.

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Bemidji State’s Adam Brady scored the game-winner on a late power play, which came on a controversial boarding penalty called on UAH’s Bailey Newton with 5:24 left in the game.

UAH heads to Alaska Anchorage next weekend desperately needing points to get back into the WCHA playoff race. The Chargers are in 10th, six points behind UAA and seven behind Ferris State.

“It’s the same old song, and I hate saying it over and over and I want better for our players, but I liked our effort and I think we deserved something better,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said.

Bemidji State (12-7-3, 12-3-1-0) struck first with 3:26 left in the first period. Sam Solensky, a freshman playing in just his fourth college game, scored on a one-timer in the slot following a centering pass from behind the net.

But UAH tied it up in the final seconds of the period after an Alex Ierullo cross-checking penalty for BSU. Latta poked the puck from underneath goaltender Zach Driscoll, who thought he was interferenced with, for his fifth goal of the season.

Austin Beaulieu and Dayne Finnson assisted on the goal, which ended a streak of 45 unsuccessful power plays. UAH had last scored with the advantage on November 9.

Bemidji State kept the Chargers in their own end for most of the second period, and really tested Mark Sinclair with bursts of shots on the junior.

The Beavers put 20 shots on goal in the frame, and Sinclair stopped all but one: a Charlie Combs deflection of a Tommy Muck centering pass with 39 seconds left to put Bemidji State up 2-1.

UAH had a critical chance about four mintues into the third period when Bemidji State’s Alex Adams elbowed Tyr Thompson high. Video review said contact to the head, ending Adams’s night.

The Chargers capitalized on the major power play with two goals to take the lead.

First, with 12:54 remaining, Austin Beaulieu put back Max Coyle’s shot to tie the game at 2-2. Dayne Finnson also assisted for his second of the game.

Second, about a minute later and two seconds left on the major power play, Latta notches his second goal of the night, putting in a centering pass from Bauer Neudecker on the right side to put the Chargers up 3-2.

“(Latta) is getting to the front of the net and scoring those goals,” Corbett said. “That’s what we need him to do, big goals in big times.”

“It’s all because of playing with (Rajic) and (Beaulieu),” Latta said. “I think we are all complementary of each other. The way we play, we each bring something a little bit unique. Raj is so good off the rush. Being able to pull up and create time and let plays develop. Beaulsy gets off the forecheck so well and he’s so good on the wall.

“We got three goals (on the power play), and being able to get two there (on the major power play) was a nice relief.”

With 9:43 remaining in regulation, the Beavers quickly tied it up as Nick Cardelli slipped the puck just inside the post on Sinclair’s right.

Then came Newton’s hit on Combs, which elicited a questionable boarding call. Combs looked to have hit the boards but not as a result of Newton’s hit.

The hit occurred against the wall and obstructed from the UAH bench. Corbett said he would have to take a look at it on video.

“It’s a tough play at the end,” Corbett. “You want big hits at that point in time of the game.”

UAH was shorthanded anyway, and it cost them.

Brady scored on a wicked shot from the left circle with 4:34 remaining to put BSU ahead 4-3.

The Chargers had one final press to tie the game, only able to pull Sinclair for the extra attacker with 17 seconds to go.

“(Christian) Rajic had the chance on the backdoor with the rebound, and they’re goalie came across and made the save,” Corbett said.

UAH finished with 32 shots on goal in the contest, tied for second most on the season.

“I thought we were better tonight than we were last night, especially just capitalizing on our chances,” Latta said. “I think we got over 30 shots tonight, which we haven’t done very often this season, which is encouraging.”

Sinclair finished with 36 saves as the Beavers finished with 40 shots on goal.

“(Sinclair) played well again,” Corbett said. “He’s another one of those guys you want better for, because he’s competing in the net and giving us a chance to win. We’ve got to pick him up one of these nights.”

“As good as Mark is, he’s good for us every night, sometimes they find a way to score because we give them too much time,” Latta said. “We’ve got to be better defensively and not have these five-minute lapses we tend to have.”