Preview: UAH vs. Alaska Anchorage

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
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Team stats: UAH | Alaska Anchorage

Brennan Saulnier

Brennan Saulnier (UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger update: UAH (2-6-0 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) split the series at Arizona State, ending a stretch of eight road games to start the season. The Sun Devils won the first game 3-2 on Friday, and the Chargers came back with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Brennan Saulnier scored a goal in each game at ASU, and Kurt Gosselin had a goal and two assists for the series. Kestner secured Saturday’s win with an empty-net goal, giving him four on the season and tying Saulnier for the team lead.

Mark Sinclair made 19 saves in his second start on Friday. Jordan Uhelski was the netminder in the win as he stopped 18 of 19 shots.

The Chargers are ready to play at home for a while. They’ll spend the next six games in three weeks at the VBC.

Charger leaders:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 4 goals-2 assists-6 points in 8 games played)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 4-2-6 in 8 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 2-4-6 in 8 GP)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-2-5 in 7 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 3.35 goals against average, .896 save percentage in 6 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape Alaska Anchorage
2-6-0 Overall record 1-6-1
1-1-0 WCHA record 1-1-0
2.12 Goals/game 2.00
3.50 Goals allowed/game 3.25
14.5 Pen. minutes/game 13.6
15.4% Power play 15.4%
73.9% Penalty kill 82.5%

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (1-6-1 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) played its first WCHA series last week at Lake Superior State and earned a split. The Seawolves lost 3-2 in overtime and won 4-1 to end a six-game losing streak.

Senior forward Austin Azurdia scored twice against Lake Superior last week to take the team’s scoring lead. Jeremiah Luedtke had a goal and two assists in the series.

Senior goaltender Olivier Mantha stopped 65 of 69 shots against the Lakers, including 34 in the Seawolves’ win on Saturday.

Players to watch:
Austin Azurdia (Sr., F, 3-4-7 in 8 GP)
Tad Kozun (Sr., F, 2-4-6 in 8 GP)
Jeremiah Luedtke (Jr., F, 2-3-5 in 8 GP)
Jordan Xavier (Fr., F, 3-0-3 in 8 GP)
Olivier Mantha (Sr., G, 3.26 GAA, .909 SV%, 8 GP)

Series notes: Alaska Anchorage holds a 20-7-2 edge in the all-time series, but UAH was won five of the last eight meetings with one tie. UAH is 4-6-2 against UAA at home. Last season, the teams played in Anchorage, with the Chargers sweeping by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

This week in the WCHA: All times are Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on

Friday, Nov. 10
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
#10 Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #20 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#10 Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Gosselin nets another WCHA weekly award

Kurt Gosselin

UAH junior defenseman Kurt Gosselin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Gosselin had three points in UAH series split at then-No. 5 Michigan Tech. He had two assists in UAH’s 5-4 loss on Friday, and scored a power play goal in the Chargers’ 4-2 victory on Saturday. Defensively, Gosselin blocked six shots, one short of the WCHA leaders for the week.

It was the third time Gosselin got the award after winning it twice last season. It’s Gosselin’s fourth WCHA weekly award including his Rookie of the Week award in the 2015-16 season.

Three other Chargers were honorable mention in the WCHA’s weekly awards: Josh Kestner (goal and two assists) for Offensive Player of the Week (won by Alaska’s Colton Leiter); Jordan Uhelski (74 saves, 41 in the win) for Goaltender of the Week (won by Lake Superior State’s Nick Kossoff); and Christian Rajic (goal and two assists) for Rookie of the Week (won by Alaska’s Steven Jandric).

Hoof Beats: Notes from Notre Dame; Texan commits

With the Chargers off this week, here are some notes about last weekend’s series at Notre Dame:

  • Coach Mike Corbett told the Notre Dame broadcasters that he didn’t want the Chargers to have a special teams battle with the Irish. UAH was 57th of 60 Division I teams last year on power play opportunities, and 49th in penalty killing, and both aspects did not have great starts to the season. For the weekend, the Chargers were 1-for-10 on the power play, and the Irish was 3-for-9.
  • Tyler Poulsen’s two goals on Friday earned him the third star of the game. It was Poulsen’s second two-goal game of his UAH career.
  • Friday’s game was close to a repeat of history. The last (and only) time UAH has defeated a top-10 team was also a season opener and also at Notre Dame. The Chargers beat the fifth-ranked Irish 3-2 on Oct. 9, 2009. UAH led 3-2 at one point of the second period on Friday.
  • Saturday’s 4-0 loss wasn’t fun, but it didn’t appear to be as dominating as the score indicated. UAH had an advantage in shots on goal (34-31), while shots attempted were also close with the Irish with a slight 58-57 edge.
  • All five freshmen forwards played in both games, with Levi Wunder getting an assist on Friday. Freshman goaltender Mark Sinclair make his first start on Saturday, stopping 27 of 31 shots.
  • The Chargers may be feeling the effects of being without injured center Max McHugh in the faceoff dot. UAH won only 22 of 63 faceoffs on Friday and 20 of 53 on Saturday, or 36 percent for the series.
  • McHugh is the team’s captain, with Kurt Gosselin, Josh Kestner, and Brandon Parker being the alternate captains.
  • The UAH softball team was in attendance at Friday night’s game. Les Stuedeman and her squad were in South Bend to play the Irish and Western Michigan in fall practice games on Saturday. They were certainly heard at the Compton Family Ice Arena, particularly late in the game when the Chargers were threatening to score the tying goal.

The Chargers are off this week. Next week they head to Houghton, Mich., visiting Michigan Tech for their first WCHA series of the season.

Recruiting news and notes: Ben Allen, a ’97-born forward from Allen, Texas, recently committed to UAH for the 2018-2019 season. Allen is currently playing for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL after having spent the majority of last season with the Battleford North Stars in the SJHL. He’s not big at 5’9 and 175 lbs., but he makes up for it with an advanced hockey IQ and a relentless motor. With 11 forwards currently committed to play college hockey on Penticton’s roster, this should be a great year for Allen’s development. He’s currently got 2 goals and 1 assist in 7 games, and I expect his production will increase as he gets used to a new league and a new team. All-in-all, another solid commit for Coach Corbett and his staff.
Unfortunately, around the same time Allen committed to the Herd, it was confirmed that blue-chip defenseman Hank Sorensen had decided to open his recruitment back up. At this point in time, it’s unclear whether he’s still considering UAH. —Asher Kitchings

Single-game tickets now available: Reserved single-game tickets to the Chargers’ 14 home games are now for sale. They can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or through the Von Braun Center box office.

Season tickets are still available by calling 256-UAH-PUCK or through

The home opening series, which is also Homecoming, is Nov. 10-11 against Alaska Anchorage.

Around the WCHA: Michigan Tech scored a couple of crucial non-conference wins for the league by winning the Ice Breaker Tournament in Duluth, Minn. The Huskies defeated No. 16 Union 4-3 and host No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 4-3. Now at No. 15, Michigan Tech is the only WCHA team in the poll. … Minnesota State opened at home to a large crowd against in-state rival St. Cloud State, but the Mavericks lost 4-0 Saturday despite, like UAH, outshooting the Huskies 42-26. … Alaska Anchorage surprised No. 7 North Dakota at home on Friday with a 1-1 tie, but the Seawolves fell to the Fighting Hawks in overtime on Saturday, 3-2. … UAH alumnus Lance West made his debut as the head coach of the Alaska Nanooks, which took a loss and tie against Air Force in Fairbanks. … Ferris State split with Western Michigan, with each team winning at home. Western defeated Bowling Green 3-1 in Kalamazoo on Tuesday. … Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan split a non-conference home-and-home series.

Friday, October 13
* Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
* #15 Michigan Tech at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Minnesota State at #2 Boston University, 6:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
#5 Minnesota Duluth at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at #6 St. Cloud State, 7:37 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Colorado College, 8:37 p.m.

Saturday, October 14
* Northern Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
* #15 Michigan Tech at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Minnesota State at #2 Boston University, 6:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Michigan State, 6:05 p.m.
Bemidji State at #5 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at #6 St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Colorado College, 8:07 p.m.

Season tickets and BLC info now available

Season tickets and Blue Line Club memberships for the 2017-18 season are now available. Existing BLC members should be receiving renewal brochures in the mail.

The price for season tickets remains the same as last year at $192 for 14 home games. FlexTix packages, a set of 10 tickets that can be used for any game you choose, return for a price of $99.

The Blue Line Club is the UAH hockey booster club. Members get many great benefits, including multiple season tickets and FlexTix packs, VIP parking at the VBC, VBC hospitality room access, coaches’ luncheons, special events, and more.

For more information, order tickets, or join the Blue Line Club, call 256-UAH-PUCK (256-824-7825). Or, download and return the Blue Line Club and season ticket brochure.

Tickets to individual games will be available through Ticketmaster and the Von Braun Center box office at a later date. Check back on our tickets page for updates.

The Chargers start the season with four straight road series, beginning with Notre Dame on Oct. 6-7. The home opening series is Nov. 10-11 against Alaska Anchorage.

Trip to Cornell added to updated 2017-18 schedule

More changes have been made to UAH’s 2017-18 hockey schedule, the Chargers announced on Friday.

UAH will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., on Oct. 27-28 to play ECAC opponent Cornell. The Big Red finished this season with a 21-9-5 overall record and a 13-4-5 ECAC mark. Cornell lost in the ECAC championship game to Harvard, and lost to UMass Lowell in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.

The Chargers’ home series with Northern Michigan has been moved from Oct. 27-28 to Feb. 3-4. That will be a Saturday-Sunday series with the puck drop for the Sunday game at 3:07 p.m.

UAH’s visit to NMU has been moved from that February wekeend to the first weekend in December.

UAH’s schedule now stands at 34 games, with 14 at the Von Braun Center, all WCHA games. The Chargers will play eight on the road, then six at home, then 12 on the road, then eight at home. The 12-game road swing will tie the longest in UAH history, first set in 2012-13.

UAH confirmed Monday’s announcement by Arizona State that its series with the Sun Devils this season has been moved to Tempe. ASU will visit Huntsville in the 2018-19 season.