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Brutal road trip ends with 6-0 loss to Denver

Even with the tough opponents on the road and the questions regarding the offense, it’s hard to imagine a more nightmarish start for the Chargers.

UAH lost to 10th-ranked Denver 6-0 on Saturday, falling to 0-4-0 on the young season.

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The Chargers have now been shut out in three straight games for the second time in program history, and have only scored once in four games. UAH has not scored in 234 minutes and 12 seconds since Austin Beaulieu’s goal in the first period of the season opener last Saturday at Miami.

All UAH can do is reset, keep plugging, and hope home cooking comes in handy next Friday and Saturday against Arizona State at the VBC.

The Chargers were blistered in the shots on goal totals again, 49-16, not including 28 shots they blocked. Jake Theut made 43 saves in his second UAH start in goal.

Denver (2-0-0) wasted next to no time getting on the board. Les Lancaster’s blast from the right point found its way past Theut just 25 seconds into the contest. The Pioneers scored two goals in each period. Denver scored twice on the power play, and Liam Finlay had a hat trick.

The closest UAH came to scoring was in the third period, when Hans Gorowsky thought he had scored with 8:25 to go. The net had come off its mooring, but video review determined the puck did not cross the goal line ahead of time. Gorowsky also had a backhander go off the crossbar late in the second period.

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Sinclair sensational but drought continues in 1-0 loss to CC

Mark Sinclair had his finest collegiate outing by far, but it wasn’t enough to overcome UAH’s scoring woes.

Sinclair made a career-high 46 saves on 47 Tiger shots in the Chargers’ 1-0 loss at Colorado College on Friday.

UAH (0-3-0), which scored on its first shot in the season opener last Saturday at Miami, hasn’t found the net since in being shut out for a second straight game. It didn’t help that the Chargers again didn’t get nearly as many chances as the Tigers (2-1-0) , who only allowed 18 shots.

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UAH has been kept under 20 shots on goal in all three games. It won’t get any easier Saturday, when the Chargers head to Denver to face the 10th-ranked Pioneers at 8:07 p.m. CDT.

The struggle for puck possession that hurt the Chargers at Miami last week continued into the first period on Friday. Boosted by three power plays, including a full two-minute, two-man advantage about halfway through the period, the Tigers outshot UAH by a whopping 23-5 in the frame.

Sinclair, a sophomore who is still winless in seven career starts, was on point in his second start of the season, however, stopping all 23 pucks. The defensive corps also pitched in with 10 blocked shots. Meanwhile, UAH could only muster 10 shot attempts in the first.

Still, it was a scoreless game, and the Chargers showed some energy in the second period. They had longer sustained moments with the puck, and the shot totals actually went UAH’s way at 10-8.

But Colorado College would the score the lone goal at the 7:26 mark. Christiano Versich took a pass from left wing, one-timed it from the slot and beat Sinclair on the Tigers’ 26th shot on goal.

That would be all the Tigers needed, but not for lack of trying to extend their lead in the third. CC posted another 16 shots on goal for a total of 47.

Sinclair was phenomenal, stopping everything the rest of the way with the body and glove. The best came with 4:51 to go, when Alex Berardinelli redirected a shot on him from point blank and Sinclair pounced.

But UAH could only got three shots in the third on Tiger goalie Alex Leclerc, who finished with 18 saves for his seventh career shutout.

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Preview: UAH at Colorado College, #10 Denver

UAH at Colorado College
Where: 
Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. CDT
Watch: NCHC.tv (subscription required*)

UAH at #10 Denver
Where: 
Magness Arena, Denver, Colo.
When: Saturday, 8:07 p.m. CDT
Watch: NCHC.tv (subscription required*)

The Chargers would probably like a do-over after a rough first weekend for the Chargers (0-2-0), who lost at Miami (Ohio) by scores of 5-1 Saturday and 4-0 Sunday. They’ll take what they’ve learned out west this week with single games at NCHC foes Colorado College and Denver.

UAH struggled to mount an offense against Miami. The RedHawks outshot the Chargers a combined 83-29 for the series, including a 45-11 advantage on Sunday. UAH only had five power plays for the weekend.

The Chargers’ lone goal came on their first shot on goal on Saturday, by Austin Beaulieu.

Kurt Gosselin had an assist on Saturday, but got a game misconduct penalty for contact to the head of a Miami player in the second player. The WCHA suspended Gosselin for Sunday’s game, but he’ll be back in the lineup Friday.

Mark Sinclair had a career-high 33 saves in net on Saturday. Jake Theut made 41 saves in goal on Sunday, his first start for UAH after transferring from Northeastern.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Tigers: Colorado College (1-1-0) split its season-opening series at Alaska Anchorage last week, rolling over the Seawolves 10-2 on Saturday but falling 4-3 on Sunday.

Senior Westin Michaud was named the NCHC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring twice and getting two assists in the Tigers’ win over UAA.

Colorado College, which finished seventh in the NCHC last season and was 15-17-5 overall, is predicted to finish sixth in the league’s media preseason poll.

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Nick Halloran (F, Jr., 19 goals-26 assists-45 points, All-American)
Mason Bergh (F, Sr., 18-22-40)
Trey Bradley (F, Sr., 7-24-31)
Alex Leclerc (G, Sr., 3.21 goals against average, .907 save percentage, 4 shutouts)

Series notes:
Overall: Colorado College leads 8-1-0.
At Colorado Springs: Colorado College leads 7-0-0.
First meeting: Oct. 7, 2006 in Colorado Springs. Colorado College won 8-1.
Last meeting: Dec. 18-19, 2015 in Huntsville. Colorado College won 5-2, UAH won 2-1.

About the Pioneers: Denver will be opening its season Friday at Air Force before entertaining the Chargers at Magness Arena. The Pioneers won a preseason exhibition game against Alberta 6-4 on Saturday.

The Pioneers finished 23-10-8 overall last season and second place in the NCHC. DU won the NCHC tournament and reached the NCAA tournament Midwest Regional final in 2018, one year after winning the national championship.

The NCHC preseason media poll has Denver placing fifth this season, the drop coming from losing their top three scorers (who all signed NHL deals) and All-American goaltender Tanner Jaillet. Also, head coach Jim Montgomery left to coach the Dallas Stars. Still, the Pioneers will be a formidable challenge with six NHL prospects.

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Ian Mitchell (D, So., 2 goals-28 assists-30 points, Chicago Black Hawks prospect)
Jarid Lukosevicius (F, Sr., 21-13-34)
Colin Staub (F. Sr., 7-15-22)

Series notes:
Overall: Denver leads 5-1-0.
At Denver: Denver leads 5-1-0.
First meeting: Jan. 26 & 28, 2001 in Denver. Denver won 4-0 and 3-0.
Last meeting: Jan. 6-7, 2012 in Denver. UAH won 3-2, Denver won 5-2.

This week in the WCHA: All times are Central. All WCHA home games can be seen on FloHockey.tv.

Friday, October 12
UAH at Colorado College, 8:30 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, 6 p.m.
#20 Bowling Green at Robert Morris, 6:05 p.m.
#18 Western Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota Duluth at #19 Michigan Tech, 6:37 p.m.
#13 North Dakota at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#8 Boston University at #11 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#5 St. Cloud State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Nipissing at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
UAH at #10 Denver, 8:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Western Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
#3 Minnesota Duluth at #19 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
#8 Boston University at #11 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #13 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
#5 St. Cloud State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Nipissing at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Sunday, October 14
Robert Morris at #20 Bowling Green, 4:07 p.m.

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Chargers are no match for Miami, shut out 4-0

The Chargers were shut out 4-0 on Sunday, completing a dominating season-opening sweep by Miami in Oxford, Ohio.

The RedHawks outshot the Chargers 45-11 and were rarely out of the UAH zone. Miami also had a 37-15 faceoff advantage.

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Goaltender Jake Theut, the transfer from Northeastern making in his first start for UAH, put in a solid effort with 41 saves.

UAH had to deal with the absence of senior captain Kurt Gosselin, who was suspended for one game by the WCHA for his contact to the head of Miami forward Carter Johnson in the second period of Saturday’s game. Johnson was not in the RedHawks lineup Sunday as a precautionary measure.

The Chargers had their best 5-on-5 pressure of the weekend through a good chunk of the first period, but the RedHawks regained control of possession in the final minutes of the period.

Theut kept the game scoreless primarily with his glove. He made nine saves in the first.

The RedHawks continued to press throughout the second period, and netted two goals in the process to lead 2-0. River Rymsha scored from the left point at the 5:39 mark, and then Karch Bachman tipped in a rebound off Theut at 8:23.

Miami put up two more goals in the third period as they outshot the Chargers 23-3. Josh Melnick bounced one off the crossbar with 16:36 to go. With 6:14 left, Ryan Siroky snuck the puck behind Theut on a rebound.

UAH heads to Colorado next for single games against Colorado College on Friday and Denver on Saturday.

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UAH can’t get going in 5-1 opening loss at Miami

UAH dropped its season opener on Saturday, falling 5-1 to Miami in Oxford, Ohio.

Austin Beaulieu scored the lone goal for the Chargers, who will look for adjustments after being outshot 38-18 and allowing eight power plays. Game two of the series is Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT.

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A familiar face was between the pipes for Miami, as Jordan Uhelski, the Chargers’ top netminder the last two seasons, made his first start for the RedHawks as a graduate transfer. It was the first time UAH faced a former Charger.

Uhelski stopped 17 of 18 shots as Miami starts the season 1-0-0.

After a few minutes of feeling each other out, three goals were scored in short order.

Miami started the scoring with a goal at 4:48, as Carter Johnson took the puck down the right side and beat UAH sophomore goaltender Mark Sinclair, who made a career-high 33 saves.

The Chargers responded 60 seconds later. Beaulieu scored UAH’s first goal of the season with a right-wing blast by Uhelski, assisted by Cam Knight and Kurt Gosselin.

The RedHawks regained the lead at 6:30, as Karch Bachman capitalized on a Charger turnover, slipping the puck past an extended Sinclair.

Most of the action was in the Charger end, compounded by three UAH penalties. However, all three were killed to keep UAH in the game after one period.

Things got desperate for UAH early in the second period. Three minutes in, Johnson had a breakaway opportunity for Miami, and Gosselin in pursuit laid a hard hit to Johnson’s head with his shoulder. Gosselin was assessed a game misconduct penalty as Johnson needed a few moments to get up.

Update (11 a.m. 10/7/18): Gosselin has been suspended one game by the WCHA for the contact to the head penalty. He’ll miss Sunday’s game against Miami.

The RedHawks went up 3-1 on the ensuing major power play when Gordie Green put in a rebound at the 4:42 mark.

The Chargers withstood the rest of the penalty, and finally got their first power play. UAH was able to put some pressure on Uhelski in the second period, getting 10 shots on goal, but couldn’t put a dent in the deficit.

UAH couldn’t convert a power play early in the third period, finishing 0-for-2 with the advantage for the night. The Chargers could only muster four shots on goal in the final frame.

With 9:46 remaining, the RedHawks put the game away at 4-1 with a right-point blast by Derek Daschke. Miami added a Grant Hutton goal with 3:06 to go for the final 5-1 score.