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Chargers to finish first half at Ferris State

WHERE:  Ewigleben Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.
WHEN: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:37 p.m. (CST)
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The Chargers will finish the first half of the 2019-20 season on the road against the Bulldogs of Ferris State in a WCHA series.

UAH (1-13-2 overall, 1-9-2 WCHA) is coming off a tough series at Bowling Green last week. In game one, the Chargers lead 3-0 at the halfway point but allowed nine unanswered goals. UAH battled back to a 2-2 tie in the second game, while BGSU took the extra WCHA point in the 3-on-3 second overtime.

Christian Rajic, Jack Jeffers, and Tyr Thompson each lead the Chargers with four goals on the season. Josh Latta tops UAH with seven assists. Latta and Rajic each have nine points.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair (4.27 goals against average, .883 save percentage) had a mixed weekend at Bowling Green. After a strong start in game one, he then allowed all nine goals. He came back to stop 38 of 40 shots in the tie in game two.

Ferris State (5-9-1 overall, 3-6-1 WCHA), which was idle last week, sits in eighth place in the WCHA standings. The Bulldogs are 3-2-1 in their last six games, including a win and a tie at Alaska Anchorage two weeks ago. FSU went 2-1-1 in a two-week Alaska trip visiting both Fairbanks and Anchorage.

FSU’s top three scorers are all defensemen. Freshman Jake Willets leads the team with 14 points, 13 of which are assists. Seniors Nate Kallen and Joe Rutkowski each have 10 points. Kallen and junior forward Coale Norris each have five goals.

Goaltending has been split almost evenly between three players: senior Austin Shaw, sophomore Roni Salmenkangas, and freshman Carter McPhail. McPhail (3.00 GAA, .904 SV%) has started in three of the Bulldogs’ last four games.

Las season, the Chargers and Bulldogs split the season series 2-2, each winning and losing a game in Huntsville and Big Rapids. FSU leads the all-time series 17-9-2, but the teams are 5-5 in the last 10 meetings.

After this weekend at Ferris State, UAH will be off until January 3-4 when the Chargers go to North Dakota. The Chargers return home on January 9-10 against Bemidji State.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central. All WCHA home games can be seen on FloHockey.tv (online subscription).

Friday, December 13
* UAH at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
* #10 Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #1 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#4 Clarkson at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, December 14
* UAH at Ferris State, 6:37 p.m.
* #10 Bowling Green at Lake Superior State, 5:07 p.m.
* #1 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#4 Clarkson at Michigan Tech, 5:07 p.m.

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Chargers head to BG to face soaring Falcons

WHERE: Slater Family Ice Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio
WHEN: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m. (CST)
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The Chargers finally have a win under their belt, and they look to take a little confidence up to Ohio where they will face 13th-ranked Bowling Green this weekend.

UAH (1-12-1 overall, 1-8-1 WCHA) used a three-goal burst in the first period on the way to a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan last Friday. Connor Wood (goal and assist) and Connor Merkley (two assists) had multi-point games.

The Chargers didn’t put forth the same complete game on Saturday, as NMU took the second game, 3-1. Brandon Salerno had the lone goal.

Christian Rajic (three goals, five assists) and Josh Latta (two goals, six assists) lead the Chargers with eight points.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair put together back-to-back outings, stopping 59 of 63 shots for a .937 weekend save percentage. UAH needed that after going into the series with a .859 team save percentage.

UAH is going to need more of that effort against Bowling Green (10-5-0 overall, 5-3-0 WCHA), which has won nine of 12.

Last week, the Falcons swept a big non-conference series, beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame by 5-2 scores in a home-and-home.

The Falcons are lead offensively by a pair of juniors, each with 14 points this season. Cameron Wright has 10 goals while Connor Ford has seven.

Alec Rauhauser, who was the WCHA Defenseman of the Month for October and November, joins Wright and Ford with 14 points. The senior captain had a goal against Notre Dame to reach 100 points for his career at BG.

Eric Dop has a 2.00 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 14 starts this season for the Falcons.

Next week, the Chargers finish action for 2019 at Ferris State.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central. All WCHA conference games can be seen on FloHockey.tv (online subscription).

Friday, December 6
UAH at #13 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #1 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, December 7
UAH at #13 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Michigan Tech, 5:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #1 Minnesota State, 6:07 p.m.

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Preview: NMU visits for rematch at VBC

WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
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Still looking for answers, the Chargers host Northern Michigan this weekend at Propst Arena.

The teams met in Marquette four weeks ago, with the Wildcats taking both games by scores of 5-3 and 4-2. NMU needed an empty-net goal in each game to clinch victory.

The Chargers remain winless after 12 games, and most recently had their biggest setback on Saturday when they fell 7-0 at Bemidji State.

Christian Rajic had an assist in Friday’s 5-3 loss at Bemidji to tie the team lead in points with seven. Rajic had a goal and an assist against NMU in earlier this month.

Northern Michigan (7-5-2 overall, 5-3-0 WCHA) is coming off being swept in a home-and-home against its arch-rival, Michigan Tech. The two losses pushed NMU out of this week’s USCHO.com Top 20.

Griffin Loughran, who had a goal in each game against the Chargers, did the same against Tech to lead NMU with 11 goals in 14 games. He has 19 points total to lead the WCHA in both categories.

After this weekend with NMU, the Chargers head back on the road with series at Bowling Green and Ferris State before the holiday break. UAH’s next home series is January 9-10 against Bemidji State.

Promotions: Kids 12 and under can get free admission to both games at the Von Braun Center box office, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

For Black Friday, UAH hockey ornaments will be given to the first 300 fans.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central. All WCHA conference games (*) can be seen on FloHockey.tv (online subscription).

Friday, November 29
* Northern Michigan at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
#16 Bowling Green at #5 Notre Dame, 6 p.m.
#1 Minnesota State at #8 Minnesota Duluth, 6:07 p.m.

Friday, November 29
* Northern Michigan at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 4:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
#16 Bowling Green at #5 Notre Dame, 6:07 p.m.
#1 Minnesota State at #8 Minnesota Duluth, 6:07 p.m.

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Preview: Chargers head to Bemidji following bye week

WHERE: Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m.
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After an off week, the Chargers head to old rival Bemidji State this weekend again looking for victory.

UAH (0-9-1 overall, 0-5-1 WCHA) last played on Nov. 5-6, rallying from two goals down to tie Alaska Anchorage 4-4 but then losing 3-1. The Chargers only got one league point after not winning the shootout after the tie.

Freshman Josh Latta is pacing the Chargers with seven points and six assists. Christian Rajic and Jack Jeffers each have six points on three goals and three assists. Rajic has five points in the last three games.

Goaltenders Mark Sinclair and David Fessenden split time against Alaska Anchorage. For the season, Sinclair has a 4.29 goals against average and .876 save percentage in seven starts, while Fessenden posts 3.39 and .889 in three starts.

Last week, Bemidji State (4-4-2 overall, 4-2-0 WCHA) went to Ferris State and got a split. The Beavers, currently tied for fourth place in the WCHA standings, lost 2-1 on Friday and won 4-1 on Saturday.

The Beavers’ four wins have come in their last six games. They have scored 20 goals in those victories (and only two goals in the two losses).

Junior goaltender Zach Driscoll is second in the WCHA in both goals against average (1.61) and save percentage (.938). He has started eight of the Beavers’ 10 games.

Senior Adam Brady and junior Adam Miller each lead the Beavers with 10 points. Brady has six goals and Miller four.

These will be the 89th and 90th meetings between the Chargers and the Beavers. BSU holds a 51-32-5 in the overall series dating back to 1994.

Last season, UAH went up to Bemidji and split the lone series. The Chargers followed up a 4-0 loss with a 4-2 victory. The teams will play four times this season, with the series at the Von Braun Center coming on January 9-10.

Next week, the Chargers return home to play Northern Michigan. Puck drop on both Nov. 29 and 30 is 7 p.m.

This week in the WCHA: It’s the first weekend where all 10 teams are playing league games. All times Central. Games can be streamed online via subscription to FloHockey.tv.

Friday, November 22
UAH at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#19 Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #17 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at #1 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, November 23
UAH at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #19 Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #17 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at #1 Minnesota State, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

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Preview: Chargers can get over hump at home vs. UAA

WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
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The last two weeks, the Chargers have played better and better against two of the better teams in the WCHA. That first victory, however, has continued to elude them.

The Chargers (0-8-0 overall, 0-4-0 WCHA) feel they can finally end their losing streak this weekend when they return to Propst Arena to take on the Seawolves of Alaska Anchorage.

Last weekend, the Chargers lost 5-3 and 4-2 to Northern Michigan in Marquette, both being one-goal games until NMU scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.

It was the best offensive effort for UAH this season. The five goals matched their total from the first six games, and the Chargers outshot NMU 59-56 for the series.

“Our group has continued to get better,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said told media on Tuesday. “Now we just have to learn how to win those games. We have to learn how to not make that big mistake at the crucial time.

“These kids can handle adversity. And they’re not listening to the outside noise. They’re seeing that they’re improving every day.

Freshman Josh Latta had an assist in each game, giving him five on the year. Still searching for his first goal, he currently leads UAH in scoring with those five points.

Jack Jeffers, Christian Rajic, and Tyr Thompson each scored their second goals of the season in the series.

Alaska Anchorage (1-4-1 overall, 1-1-0 WCHA) has had its own struggles in recent years. The Seawolves won only three games overall and two games in WCHA play last season.

So, this weekend is as good a chance as any for the Chargers to end their skid, especially at home.

“We have to try to do as much as we can against the bottom group teams,” Corbett said.

“It’s always good to be home. For us, to be able to get off the bus after a long trip and then skate and play at the VBC, it’s great.”

The Chargers want fans to come to Propst Arena after the big football game in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

“Alabama plays (LSU) at 2, and we play at 7, so everybody’s got to come out for the 7:00 game,” Corbett said. “We’re hoping to be able to get a good crowd on Friday and a good crowd on Saturday to help our guys.”

Anchorage does have a win over their arch-rival Alaska. Last week, the Seawolves lost 4-3 and tied 3-3 with Omaha at home.

Freshman Nick Wicks has eight points on two goals and six assists in six games so far. Nine of Anchorage’s 13 goals this season have come from freshmen, including three from Alex Frye.

Promotions: Kids 12 and under can get free admission to both games at the Von Braun Center box office, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central. All WCHA conference games (*) can be seen on FloHockey.tv (online subscription).

Friday, November 8
* Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* #3 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Western Michigan, 6 p.m.
St. Cloud State at #16 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Arizona State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, November 9
* Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* #3 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 5:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
St. Cloud State at #16 Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Western Michigan at Ferris State, 6 p.m.
Arizona State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.