Feb 232017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Feb. 24, 6:07 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 6:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Bowling Green

In the hunt for a berth in the WCHA playoffs, the Chargers head to Ohio to finish the regular season at Bowling Green.

UAH is in ninth place in the WCHA standings, one point behind Northern Michigan for the final conference playoff spot. They’ll need points against the Falcons and some help.

All-time series: Bowling Green leads the series 19-4-1, including a 9-1-1 mark at home.

Back in November, the Falcons swept the Chargers in Huntsville by scores of 4-1 and 8-3, but the games were closer than the scores indicate. The first game was a one-goal affair until BG scored with less than two minutes to go and then added an empty-netter. UAH had the lead going into the third in the second game and was down only one halfway through the third before the Falcons again added another late goal and empty-netter (plus two garbage goals afterward).

Cam Knight has 16 assists this season. (Photo by UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger recap: UAH (9-20-3 overall, 9-14-3 WCHA) was idle last week. Two weeks ago, the Chargers split with Bemidji State to finish out their home schedule, losing 3-2 and winning 5-2. Tyler Poulsen scored twice in the win.

The Chargers have started to play better, going 2-2-1 after a seven-game losing streak that has them fighting to stay in the playoff chase.

Kurt Gosselin, who is tied for the team lead with nine goals, did not suit up against Bemidji. He has missed the last three games due to concussion like symptoms.

Cam Knight has 16 assists on the season, the most by a Charger since Brandon Roshko had 17 in the 2007-08 season. Knight has helpers in his last three games and five of his last seven.

Senior captain Brent Fletcher is set to break the school record for most games played this weekend. He is tied with Joel Bresciani, who played 137 games as a Charger from 1999-2003.

Junior goaltender Jordan Uhelski has a 2.82 goals against average and .904 save percentage. In the finale against Bemidji State, senior Carmine Guerriero replaced Uhelski in the second period and stopped all 23 shots he faced.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Bowling Green
9-20-3 Overall record 15-17-2
9-14-3-0
(30 pts, 9th)
WCHA record 12-13-1-1
(38 pts, T4th)
2.62 (T6th) Goals/game 2.69 (5th)
3.31 (10th) Goals allowed/game 2.50 (T3rd)
14.8 (6th) Pen. minutes/game 14.9 (5th)
14.6% (5th) Power play 12.9% (8th)
77.6% (10th) Penalty kill 85.6% (4st)

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (15-17-2 overall, 12-13-1 WCHA) played a non-conference game at home, beating Mercyhurst 3-0.

The Falcons haven’t played a conference game in three weeks, when they were swept and double shut out by Atte Tolvanen and Northern Michigan (3-0 and 2-0). BG has been shut out in three straight conference games.

Bowling Green is tied with Ferris State for fourth place in the WCHA standings. The Falcons have already clinched a playoff berth, looking to secure home ice in the first round.

Mitchell McClain, Bowling Green’s top scorer, has 16 goals (2nd in the WCHA) and 28 points (6th), but has been kept off the scoresheet in his last six games. He had a hat trick against UAH on Nov. 19.

Tyler Spezia, who scored a goal in each win against the Chargers in November, is second on the Falcons with 22 points. Chris Dufour also had two goals against UAH earlier and has 10 goals on the season.

Junior goaltender Chris Nell has a 2.35 goals against average and .902 save percentage in 26 starts this season.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, February 24
* UAH at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
* UAH at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Feb 022017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Feb. 3, 10:07 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Alaska

The Chargers look to improve their playoff position all the way in Fairbanks, Alaska, where they’ll face Alaska. Puck drop against the Nanooks is at 10:07 p.m. Central (7:07 Alaska) Friday and Saturday nights.

UAH is in eighth place in the WCHA standings, the last playoff spot. Alaska is in seventh, just three points ahead of the Chargers.

All-time series: UAH is 7-20-2 against Alaska, with a 3-11-0 record in Fairbanks. The Chargers have not been in Fairbanks since December 12-13, 2014, losing twice.

The teams met in Huntsville back in November. In the first game, UAH scored twice in the first 2:24 and mounted a 3-0 lead, but Alaska rallied for a 3-3 tie and the second WCHA point in the 3-on-3 overtime. The Nanooks won the second game 3-1 to take five of six points in the series.

Kurt Gosselin had 3 points in UAH’s 4-4 tie against Michigan Tech last Saturday. (UAH Athletics)

Charger recap: UAH (7-18-3 overall, 7-12-3 WCHA) finally ended its losing streak at seven games with a 4-4 tie Saturday against Michigan Tech, which took the second WCHA point in a 9-round shootout. But the Chargers still haven’t won since Dec. 10. Tech won the first game of the series 5-2 last Friday.

Sophomore defenseman Kurt Gosselin took the team lead in goals on Saturday with his ninth of the season, and he added two assists to give him 18 points on the season. He only trails Josh Kestner, who has 21 points after notching his 13th assist last Friday. Kestner is 10th in the WCHA in points and assists.

Max McHugh has 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. He and fellow junior Brandon Parker, who had three assists against the Huskies last weekend, are expected to play their 100th career games as Chargers in Fairbanks.

Jordan Uhelski made 31 saves in the 4-4 tie on Saturday in his 15th start and 18th game of the season. Matt Larose played last Friday for his first action since October, and he and fellow senior Carmine Guerriero have each played in seven games this season.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Alaska
7-18-3 Overall record 8-15-3
7-12-3-0
(24 pts, 8th)
WCHA record 7-10-3-3
(27 pts, 7th)
2.59 (6th) Goals/game 2.50 (8th)
3.50 (10th) Goals allowed/game 3.30 (9th)
15.1 (6th) Pen. minutes/game 17.9 (2nd)
15.0% (5th) Power play 15.8% (4th)
77.3% (10th) Penalty kill 82.9% (8th)

About the Nanooks: Alaska (8-15-3 overall, 7-10-3 WCHA) is just ahead of UAH in the WCHA standings, separated by just three points. The Nanooks were off last week after splitting a series at Bowling Green. They are 2-1-1 in their last four, all on the road.

Senior right wing Marcus Basara has eight goals and 18 points to lead the Nanooks in both categories. He had a goal and an assist in the 3-3 tie in Huntsville.

Sophomore Chad Staley had the game-winning goal against the Chargers in Alaska’s win, and is second with 15 points.  Junior defenseman Zach Frye also has 15 points, with 11 assists — two of them against UAH from earlier this season — to lead the club.

Goaltending duties have been split with sophomore Jesse Jenks (3.35 goals against average, .890 save percentage) and senior David Jones (3.17, .904). Jones has started UAF’s last four games, stopping 138 of 146 shots.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, February 3
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #20 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 4
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #20 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Jan 192017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Jan. 20, 6:37 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 6:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Lake Superior State

The Chargers try to get back into the win column where they’ve managed to be the most successful — league play on the road. UAH is 6-1-1 in WCHA away contests entering this weekend’s series at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

All-time series: The Lakers took an 8-6-2 lead the series after sweeping the Chargers in Huntsville on Oct. 21-22. UAH is 5-1-2 in Sault Ste. Marie, including a sweep last season by scores of 5-4 (OT) and 5-0.

Charger recap: UAH (7-15-2 overall, 7-9-2 WCHA) was idle last weekend. Back on Jan. 6-7, the Chargers were swept by No. 19 Minnesota State by 3-0 and 3-2 scores. UAH currently sits in a tie with Ferris State for sixth place in the WCHA standings.

Hans Gorowsky has six points in his last eight games. (UAH Athletics)

UAH was outshot 33-18 in the first game and was shut out for the third time this season. The Chargers mounted a two-goal rally — and actually managed to outshoot the Mavericks (31-25) for te first time since joining the WCHA — from another 3-0 deficit in the third period of the second game, with Max McHugh and Hans Gorowsky getting the goals.

McHugh’s goal was his eighth of the season, giving him the team lead. He has a goal in each of the last three series. Gorowsky has two goals and four assists in his last eight games.

Josh Kestner still leads the club with 17 points (6 g, 11 a), but has been held scoreless in his last three games. Defenseman Kurt Gosselin has scored seven goals and 13 points but has been kept off the scoresheet for the last seven games since scoring UAH’s first hat trick since 2008 against Ferris State on Dec. 4.

Jordan Uhelski improved to a 2.63 goals against average and a .909 save percentage following a 30-save performance on Jan. 6. Carmine Guerriero stopped 22 shots against the Maverics on Jan. 7

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Lake Superior State
7-15-2 Overall record 9-12-3
7-9-2-0
(23 pts, T6th)
WCHA record 6-9-3-1
(22 pts, 8th)
2.56 (T6th) Goals/game 2.72 (3rd)
3.28 (9th) Goals allowed/game 3.06 (7th)
12.2 (9th) Pen. minutes/game 15.1 (6th)
14.4% (6th) Power play 11.7% (8th)
77.5% (10th) Penalty kill 82.8% (7th)

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (9-12-3 overall, 6-9-3 WCHA) had a couple of ties last week in a home-and-home series with Northern Michigan (splitting six points). The Lakers are 3-11-3 after a 6-1-0 start, and have dropped to eighth in the WCHA standings.

The Lakers are led by junior JT Henke, who leads the squad with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) — nine in the last six games. Sophomore Mitch Hults is right behind him with 22 points (6-16).

Diego Cuglietta, who had three goals in the series against UAH in Huntsville, has 10 goals on the season. But the hottest Laker is freshman Max Humitz, who has scored five goals in the last five games, rocketing him to the team lead and tie for the WCHA lead with 11.

Star goaltender Gordon Defiel has a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He stopped 60 of 62 shots against Northern Michigan last week.

On Thursday, Laker sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick left the team to join the Erie Otters of the OHL. Headrick had 15 points, tied for fourth on the team, in 24 games this season.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, January 20
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 21
UAH at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #18 Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Jan 052017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Jan. 6, 7:07 p.m.
First 500 get UAH team photos
Saturday, Jan. 7, 7:07 p.m.
First 500 get UAH trading cards
Kids 12-under get in free to both games
Season stats: UAH | Minnesota State

The Chargers, tied for fourth in the WCHA standings, hosts the team they are tied with, No. 19 Minnesota State, to kick off the run to the WCHA playoffs.

All-time series: Minnesota State leads the all-time series 27-19-7. UAH is 13-10-3 against the Mavericks in Huntsville — including a pair of ties at the VBC last season. However, UAH has not beaten MSU in the last 20 meetings going back to 2002.

Charger recap: UAH (7-13-2 overall, 7-7-2 WCHA) lost two games in overtime at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota last week. The Chargers lost 2-1 against Massachusetts, and gave up a two-goal, third-period lead in a 3-2 lost to Mercyhurst.

Cam Knight (Photo by UAH Athletics)

Cam Knight (Photo by UAH Athletics)

UAH outshot its opponents 73-44 in the tournament. Jordan Uhelski made 17 saves against UMass, and Carmine Guerriero had 22 against Mercyhurst. Uhelski now sports a .907 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average.

Max McHugh scored the goal against UMass, his seventh of the season tying him for the team lead with defenseman Kurt Gosselin. McHugh now has 15 points on the season.

Brandon Parker notched his sixth goal (fifth in seven games) as UAH defensemen led the WCHA in scoring in December with 2.50 points per game. Last month, Parker had five points (4g-1a), Cam Knight five (1g-4a), and Gosselin three (3g-0a).

Josh Kestner leads the Chargers with 17 points, adding his 11th assist against Massachusetts. He is tied for 6th in the WCHA in total points.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Minnesota State
7-13-2 Overall record 11-7-2
7-7-2-0
(23 pts, T4th)
WCHA record 7-5-2-0
(23 pts, T4th)
2.75 (T5th) Goals/game 3.07 (2nd)
3.31 (8th) Goals allowed/game 2.43 (4th)
11.4 (9th) Pen. minutes/game 14.1 (7th)
16.0% (6th) Power play 17.2% (5th)
79.7% (9th) Penalty kill 84.7% (5th)

About the Mavericks: Minnesota State (11-7-2 overall, 7-5-2 WCHA) has not played since Dec. 16-17, when the Mavericks split a non-conference road series at Princeton. After starting 5-0, the Mavericks have not put together back-to-back wins. They are ranked 19th in the latest USCHO.com poll.

Freshman sensation Marc Michaelis of Mannheim, Germany is the WCHA’s overall scoring leader with 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists. He has 12 points in his last six games, which earned him WCHA and national rookie of the month honors.

Michaelis is the left wing on the Mavericks’ top line with juniors Brad McClure and C.J. Franklin (Winnipeg Jets prospect), who have 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) and 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists), respectively.

Goaltending has been split by senior Cole Huggins (.899 save percentage, 2.41 goals against average) and sophomore Jason Pawloski (.909, 2.49). Huggins, who has two WCHA goaltending titles, has started four of the last five games for the Mavs.

Nashville Predators prospect Zach Stepan has two assists in 15 games this season.

Shane Frederick, Mankato Free Press: Mavericks will need seniors over season’s second half

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Thursday, January 5
* #17 Bemidji State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.

Friday, January 6
* #19 Minnesota State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #17 Bemidji State at Bowling Green, 7:37 p.m.
* Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #12 Notre Dame, 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, January 7
* #19 Minnesota State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #12 Notre Dame, 6:05 p.m.

Dec 282016
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Dec. 30, 4 p.m.
UAH vs. Massachusetts
Watch: BTN Plus (subscription)
Saturday, Dec. 31, 4 or 7 p.m.
UAH vs. Mercyhurst or Minnesota
If UAH vs. Mercyhurst: TBD
If UAH vs. Minnesota:
TV: FSN North+, FCS Central
Online: Fox Sports GoBTN2Go

The Chargers return from their holiday break with their last non-conference games of the season at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, hosted by the University of Minnesota.

UAH will play Massachusetts in the first game on Friday at 4 p.m. The second game between Mercyhurst and Minnesota is at 7 p.m. The losers play in the third-place game Saturday at 4, with the championship game at 7.

This is UAH’s third appearance in the tournament. In 2006, the Chargers finished in third place, losing to Minnesota and beating Massachusetts, and in 2012, UAH finished fourth after losing to then-No. 1 Boston College and Air Force.

Charger recap: UAH (7-11-2 overall, 7-7-2 WCHA) earned its third road sweep of the season on Dec. 9-10, taking 4-1 and 3-1 decisions at Northern Michigan. The Chargers have tied a program record with four straight road victories.

Brandon Parker had a goal in each game, plus an assist, as he earned the WCHA Defensive Player of Week award. Parker has scored in four of his last five games.

Josh Kestner also had two goals and an assist in the series, moving up to 16 points on the season to lead the team and tie him for 8th in the WCHA.

The Chargers are 5-1-1 in Jordan Uhelski's last seven starts. (Photo by UAH Athletics)

The Chargers are 5-1-1 in Jordan Uhelski’s last seven starts. (Photo by UAH Athletics)

Goaltender Jordan Uhelski posted another two solid starts, allowing just the goal in each game and making 47 saves. The junior’s save percentage went up to .908 and his goals against average went down to 2.73. His 2.28 GAA and .917 save percentage in WCHA games are both fourth-best in the league.

The Chargers are tied for fourth place in the WCHA standings with Minnesota State with 23 points. They have already matched their most WCHA wins in a season with seven.

About the Minutemen: Massachusetts (4-12-2 overall, 2-7-1 Hockey East) has lost five games in a row, currently sitting in eighth place in Hockey East. The Minutemen’s last action was two weeks ago against Arizona State, which swept UMass by two 4-1 scores. UMass did get a 5-4 win over then-No. 12 Notre Dame on Dec. 12 before its current losing streak.

UMass relies on a number of underclassmen — 15 of its 40 goals this season have come from freshmen. Sophomore Austin Pleavy leads the squad with five goals and 12 points, while another sophomore (Kurt Keats) and two freshmen (Griff Jeszka and Jonny Lazarus) each have four goals. Senior captain Steve Iacobellis also has four goals, with three coming in the last six games. Freshman Ryan Wischow has been the Minutemen’s primary goaltender, starting 14 of the team’s 18 games (.904 SV%, 2.82 GAA).

In 2006, the Chargers beat Massachusetts 5-2 in the third-place game of the Mariucci Classic, which is the only time UAH and UMass have previously met. That game was on Dec. 30, 2006, ten years to the day of Friday’s matchup.

About the Lakers: Mercyhurst (7-9-1 overall, 7-6-1 Atlantic Hockey), which plays host Minnesota in the semifinals, comes into the tournament on a 3-1-1 stretch in its last five games. The Lakers took three of four points in a home-and-home with Robert Morris two weekends ago, moving into fourth place in Atlantic Hockey.

Junior left wing Jonathan Charbonneau has been the force for the Lakers, scoring 10 goals on the season in 16 games. His centerman, sophomore Derek Barach, has 16 assists for a total of 19 points to lead the club. Defenseman Lester Lancaster has also been dishing out assists with 12. Goaltending duties have been split between junior Brandon Wildung (.896 SV%, 3.64 GAA) and freshman Colin DeAugustine (.921, 2.73).

UAH is 4-6-3 all-time against Mercyhurst, including a 1-4-2 record in the modern Division I era (3-2-1 when both clubs were in Division II). The Lakers have won the last four meetings, having swept series in 2010 and 2011.

About the Golden Gophers: Minnesota (9-5-2 overall, 3-1-0 Big Ten) is ranked No. 11 in the last USCHO.com poll. The Gophers have taken the early lead in the Big Ten and have won four of their last five, including a victory at then-No. 4 Boston College and a split with No. 10 Ohio State.

Sophomore Tyler Sheehy leads the Gophers with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. A pair of seniors, Justin Kloos and Vinni Lettieri, have each chipped in seven goals. Minnesota has 12 NHL prospects, including Nashville Predator draftees Rem Pitlick (3rd round, 2016) and Tommy Novack (2nd round, 2015). Eric Schierhorn is the primary goaltender (.882 SV%, 2.93 GAA in 16 starts).

UAH is 0-4-0 against Minnesota, all games in Minneapolis. The last matchup was in the 2006 Mariucci Classic, with the Gophers winning 3-1 in the opening game.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Northern Michigan vs. Cornell, 3 p.m. (Florida College Classic, Estero, Fla.)

Thursday, Dec. 29
Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 2:30 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit)
Colorado College/Merrimack vs. Northern Michigan, 3 or 6:30 p.m. (Florida College Classic, Estero, Fla.)
Ferris State vs. Robert Morris, 6:30 p.m. (Three Rivers Classic, Pittsburgh)

Friday, Dec. 30
UAH vs. Massachusetts, 4 p.m. (Mariucci Classic, Minneapolis)
#15 Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage, 4:37 p.m.
#16 Western Michigan/Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech, 2:30 or 6 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit)
#6 Boston College/#14 Quinnipiac vs. Ferris State, 3:30 or 6:30 p.m. (Three Rivers Classic, Pittsburgh)
RIT at Bowling Green, 4:07 p.m. (Toledo, Ohio)
Lake Superior State at #20 Omaha, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 31
UAH vs. Mercyhurst/#11 Minnesota, 4 or 7 p.m. (Mariucci Classic, Minneapolis)
#15 Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage, 4:37 p.m.
Alaska at #12 Notre Dame, 3:05 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #20 Omaga, 4:07 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 1
Alaska at #12 Notre Dame, 1:05 p.m.