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Chargers head to Minnesota State

UAH (2-22-6, 2-16-6-1 WCHA) at Minnesota State (26-4-2, 20-3-1-1 WCHA)
WHERE: Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, Mankato, Minn.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m.
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The Chargers’ last road trip of the regular season is this weekend in Mankato against Minnesota State. Back in October, the Mavericks, then ranked second in the country, won 5-1 and 4-1 at the VBC.

The Chargers are seven points behind eighth-place Alaska Anchorage with four games to go. UAA has the tiebreaker over UAH by taking 10 of 12 points head-to-head.

UAH had a opportunity to gain ground on the idle Seawolves last week when they faced seventh-place Lake Superior State. But the Lakers took five of six points by winning a shootout following a 0-0 tie on Friday in Michigan and then winning outright 4-1 on Saturday in Ontario.

Mark Sinclair notched his third career shutout in Friday’s draw, stopping 44 shots to set a new UAH record for saves in a shutout. He finished with 73 saves on the weekend, the third time this season he’s had 70-plus saves in a series.

Next week, UAH finishes the season at home against Bowling Green.

The Mavericks are coming off a bye week. Two weeks ago, they swept Northern Michigan 7-3 and 1-0 at home. MSU is in first place in the WCHA, five points up on hard-charging Bemidji State.

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

Friday, February 21
UAH at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#13 Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 22
UAH at #3 Minnesota State, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#13 Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.

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UAH faces Lakers on both sides of the Soo

UAH (2-21-5, 2-15-5-1 WCHA) at Lake Superior State (9-20-3, 7-12-3-3 WCHA)
WHERE: Taffy Abel Arena, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (Friday); GFL Gardens, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada (Saturday)
WHEN: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m.
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The Chargers head to Sault Ste. Marie — both of them — to face Lake Superior State.

Friday’s game will be at the Lakers’ regular home at Taffy Abel Arena in Michigan. On Saturday, both teams will cross the border into Canada for the series finale.

It’s not the first time the UAH hockey team has played in Canada, though it has been a while. Back in the Division II era, the Chargers visited the University of Windsor to start the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.

The Chargers enter the series following a disappointing series with Alaska at home. Last Friday, UAH lost a 6-4 lead with five minutes remaining in the third period as the Nanooks got two points in a 6-6 tie. Then on Saturday, the Chargers’ offense went cold in being shut out 3-0.

UAH is eight points out of the eighth and playoff spot, currently held by Alaska Anchorage, with six games to go.

The Chargers may have dodged a bullet by not losing Josh Latta, who had a hand cut by a skate in the first period of Saturday’s game and didn’t return. The freshman leads UAH in both goals (seven) and assists (10).

The Lakers are in seventh place in the WCHA, seven points ahead of Alaska Anchorage. They are 3-2-2 in their last seven games, splitting last weekend’s series at Michigan Tech.

UAH will have to LSSU senior Max Humitz, who is tied for second in the WCHA with 17 goals this season. His 26 points is tied for fifth in the league.

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

Friday, February 14
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#16 Bemidji State at #19 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at #10 Arizona State, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, February 15
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Ferris State, 5:07 p.m.
#16 Bemidji State at #19 Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at #10 Arizona State, 8:05 p.m.

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Chargers look for more wins against Alaska

Alaska (13-13-2, 11-9-2-0 WCHA) at UAH (2-20-4, 2-14-4-1 WCHA)
WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
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LISTEN: Penalty Box Radio (free)
PROMOTIONS: 
* Military Appreciation Weekend: Veterans and active military personnel get free admission to both games.
* Team photo giveaway on Friday.
* Kids 12-under get free admission, courtesy Huntsville International Airport.
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The Chargers will try to build off a split with Michigan Tech when they return to the VBC this weekend to take on the Alaska Nanooks.

UAH ended a 12-game winless streak on Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Huskies. Michigan Tech won the first game 4-1 on Friday.

In the win, freshman Liam Izyk had a goal and an assist. He had three points on the weekend to earn him WCHA Rookie of the Week honors. Izyk has two goals and six assists for the season.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair had a .932 save percentage on the weekend. He had 40 saves in the first game and stopped 29 of 30 shots in the victory.

UAH remains in last place, cutting the deficit behind eighth-place Alaska Anchorage to nine points. The Chargers have eight games remaining while Anchorage has six. Ninth-place Ferris State is six points up on UAH.

The Nanooks have an eye on possibly hosting a first-round WCHA playoff series in Fairbanks. UAF is in fourth place with six games to go.

Idle last week, Alaska had a tie and loss at home to Northern Michigan two weeks ago.

A trio of juniors lead the Nanooks in scoring: Steven Jandric (8-12-20), Justin Young (9-8-17), and Max Newton (6-11-17). Goaltending has been split between senior Anton Martinsson (2.46 goals against, .922 save percentage in 17 games) and sophomore Gustavs Grigals (2.34 GAA, .905 SV% in 12 games).

On the bench, UAH alumnus Karlis Zirnis is an assistant coach for Alaska. Zirnis played at UAH from 1999-2003, scoring 119 points (second most in the school’s modern Division I era).

The Chargers and Nanooks last met last January in Huntsville, with Alaska getting a sweep. UAH split with Alaska in Fairbanks last season.

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

Friday, February 7
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#15 Northern Michigan at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 8
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Michigan Tech, 4:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#15 Northern Michigan at #3 Minnesota State, 6:07 p.m.

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After long trip and break, Chargers host Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech (14-12-3, 9-9-2-0 WCHA) at UAH (1-19-4, 1-13-4-1 WCHA)
WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
WATCHFloHockey.tv (subscription)
LISTEN: Penalty Box Radio (free)
PROMOTIONS: Kids 12-under get free general admission at the VBC box office, courtesy Huntsville International Airport.
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Following a week off, the Chargers return to Propst Arena at Von Braun Center to host Michigan Tech.

UAH’s last action was two weeks ago in Anchorage, losing 5-1 and tying 2-2 against Alaska Anchorage (with UAA getting a second point in the 3-on-3 overtime). The Chargers find themselves 11 points behind the Seawolves for eighth place in the WCHA and the final conference playoff spot.

“We need anything we can get right now as far as momentum and points,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said in his Tuesday talk with the media. “We had last weekend off, so we hope for a recharge and refuel. We’ve got to make some hay going down the stretch.”

Josh Latta scored his seventh goal of the season in the tie, putting him one behind Northern Michigan’s André Ghantous for most among WCHA freshmen. Latta has 16 points, which is tied for sixth in the WCHA among rookies.

Senior captain Austin Beaulieu has stepped it up of late, scoring three goals and two assists in his last five games.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair has played in 12 straight games with a goals against average of 3.36 and a save percentage of .905.

Michigan Tech sits in fifth place in the WCHA standings, six points behind Alaska for fourth and home ice in the first round of the playoffs.

The Huskies, dealing with offensive inconsistency and a flu outbreak, are 2-4-2 in their last eight games since winning the Great Lakes Invitational by beating Michigan and Michigan State. They split last weekend at home against ninth-place Ferris State.

“They’ve been up and down,” Corbett said. “They’ve had some really good, signature wins in their season, but they’ve also had the inconsistencies that a lot of teams have. For us to have the week off and them coming off of a split, that we’re going to get them at the right time.”

Sophomore forward Alec Broetzman leads the Huskies with 12 goals and 19 points this season.

Senior Matt Jurusik has been Tech’s leader between the pipes, posting a 2.08 goals against average (third in the WCHA) and .921 save percentage (fourth in the WCHA) with one shutout.

Michigan Tech leads the all-time series 16-2-2, including a 7-0-1 record in Huntsville. Last season, the Huskies took three of four, with UAH’s victory being a 1-0 shutout for Mark Sinclair (39 saves).

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

Friday, January 31
Michigan Tech at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #15 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at #19 Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at USA Under-18 (exhibition), 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 1
Michigan Tech at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #15 Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at #19 Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
#3 Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.

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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)
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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.