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Preview: Arizona State at UAH

Where: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala,
When: Friday & Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)
Ticket information

Charger update: UAH (0-4-0) is ready for its home opener after two rough weekends on the road.

Sophomore goaltender Mark Sinclair had a stand-out performance Friday at Colorado College, stopping 46 of 47 shots in a 1-0 loss.

The Chargers will be celebrating the 40th season of intercollegiate hockey at UAH.

On Friday night, schedule magnets will be given to the first 500 fans. On Saturday night, the first sets of UAH hockey trading cards will be given away. Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, courtesy Huntsville International Airport, at the VBC box office on game days.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Sun Devils: Arizona State (2-2-0) opened the season with four games at home. The Sun Devils swept their first-ever Division I series at home against Alaska with a pair of shutouts, then last week played tough against top-ranked Ohio State, losing 3-2 and 3-0.

This is the fourth season Arizona State has fielded a Division I team. Last season, the independent program had an overall record of 8-21-5, including a two-game split with the Chargers in Tempe last season.

Players to watch:
Johnny Walker (F, So., 4 goals-1 assist-5 points in 4 games played)
Brinson Pasichnuk (D, Jr., 2-1-3 in 4 GP)
Demetrious Koumontzis (F, Fr., 1-1-2 in 4 GP, Calgary Flames prospect)
Joey Daccord (G, Jr., 1.27 GAA, .952 SV%, in 4 GP, Ottawa Senators prospect)
Arizona State 2018-19 statistics

Series notes:
Overall: Tied 1-1-0.
At Huntsville: This will be the first meeting at the VBC.
Past meeting: Nov. 3-4, 2017 in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 3-2, UAH won 3-1.

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

Friday, October 19
Arizona State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Mercyhurst at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at St. Cloud State, 7:07 p.m.
Minnesota State at North Dakota, 7:37 p.m.
Alaska at Denver, 8:07 p.m.

Saturday, October 20
Arizona State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at St. Cloud State, 4:07 p.m.
Mercyhurst at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Minnesota State at North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Denver, 8:07 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23
Western Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.

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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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Preview: UAH at Miami

Where:  Cady Arena, Goggin Ice Center, Oxford, Ohio
When: Saturday, 6:05 p.m. CDT; Sunday, 2 p.m. CDT
Watch: NCHC.tv (subscription required*)

* If you are considering ordering NCHC.tv, consider getting the conference monthly pass. That will include UAH’s games at Colorado College and Denver next weekend.

Charger update: UAH begins its 40th season of hockey with a two-game series at its closest Division I opponent, Miami. It is the Chargers’ 34th season as a varsity program, 20th in the modern Division I era, and sixth in the WCHA.

Last season, UAH had its most wins in eight years, finishing 12-18-13. The Chargers had their best season in the WCHA so far, going 10-16-2 to finish in seventh place. They lost in the WCHA quarterfinals to Northern Michigan in three games, earning their first WCHA playoff win in Game 2.

The Chargers will be trying to win their season opener for only the second time in nine years. The first time was two years ago, when UAH went to Ferris State and swept the Bulldogs in a WCHA series.

UAH will be rolling with senior leadership and an experienced group of defensemen this season, while the offense and goaltending try to step up. Read more in our season preview.

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Kurt Gosselin (D, Sr., 5-11-16)
Christian Rajic (F, So., 9-6-15)
Madison Dunn (F, Sr., 5-10-15)
Hans Gorowsky (F, Sr., 5-7-12)
Cam Knight (D, Sr., 0-11-11)
Mark Sinclair (G, So., 3.67 GAA, .876 SV% in 7 GP)
Jake Theut (G, Sr., transfer from Northeastern)

About the RedHawks: Miami had an overall record of 12-20-5 last season. The Redhawks finished last in the eight-team NCHC at 6-14-4, losing in the NCHC quarterfinals in three games to top seed St. Cloud State.

According to the NCHC media preseason poll, Miami is not expected to move up in the standings.

There is one familiar face on the Redhawks’ roster: Jordan Uhelski, who played 32 games at goaltender for UAH last season, transferred to Miami as a graduate. Uhelski was second in UAH’s Division I era (fifth all-time) in goals against average (2.94) and fourth in the D-I era (sixth all-time) in save percentage (.906).

Players to watch (with 2017-18 statistics):
Gordie Green (F, Jr., 15 goals-18 assists-33 points)
Josh Melnick (F, Sr., 10-19-29)
Grant Hutton (D, Sr., 13-14-27)
Ryan Larkin (G, Jr., 3.12 GAA, .886 SV% in 36 GP)

Series notes

Overall: Miami leads 8-1-0.
At Miami: Miami leads 6-0-0.
Streak: Miami has won the last eight meetings.
First meeting: Oct. 26-27, 1988 in Huntsville. UAH won 5-3, Miami won 7-5.
Last meeting: Feb. 10-11, 2012 in Oxford. Miami won 3-1 and 4-1.

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

Saturday, Oct. 6
UAH at Miami, 6:05 p.m.
USA Under-18 Team at Ferris State (exhibition), 4:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Merrimack, 6 p.m.
Bowling Green at Mercyhurst, 6:05 p.m.
Lakehead at Bemidji State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.
Mount Royal at #10 Minnesota State (exhibition), 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Arizona State, 9:05 p.m.
Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage, 10:05 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7
UAH at Miami, 2 p.m.
Lethbridge at Ferris State (exhibition), 2:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Merrimack, 3 p.m.
Alaska at Arizona State, 5 p.m.
Colorado College at Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Bowling Green at #19 Western Michigan, 6:05 p.m.

Preview: UAH at #19 Northern Michigan, WCHA quarterfinals

Where: Berry Events Center, Marquette, Mich.
When: Game 1, Friday, 6:07 p.m. CST; Game 2, Saturday, 6:07 p.m. CST; Game 3 (if necessary), Sunday, 6:07 p.m. CST.
Watch: WCHA.tv
Listen: RRNSports.com (NMU)
Team stats: UAH | Northern Michigan

Josh Kestner

Josh Kestner closes in on Bowling Green State goalie with the puck. (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (11-21-2 overall, 10-16-2 WCHA) secured a spot in the WCHA playoffs with a 3-2 win over Bowling Green last Friday at the Von Braun Center. Austin Beaulieu’s goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation was the game-winner.

The Chargers lost 3-0 in the regular-season finale, and finished seventh in the WCHA standings.

Josh Kestner scored his 21st goal of the season, tied for most in the WCHA, in the third period on Friday, with Tyler Poulsen earning his team-leading 15th assist. Captain Max McHugh tallied his second goal, giving him four points in eight games since his return from injury.

Jordan Uhelski continues to make big saves for the Chargers. He stopped 30 shots on Friday and 28 on Saturday against Bowling Green. His .915 save percentage in conference play is fourth in the WCHA.

The Chargers return to the WCHA playoffs for the first time since 2015, when they were also a seventh seed. UAH was swept in two games, one in triple overtime, without scoring that season.

However, UAH went 2-2 against Northern Michigan during the regular season, which gives the Chargers some confidence going into this best-of-3 quarterfinal series in Marquette.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 21 goals-7 assists-28 points in 34 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 9-15-24 in 32 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 9-6-15 in 34 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 5-10-15 in 34 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 8-7-15 in 28 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.92 goals against average, .911 save percentage in 29 starts)

About the Wildcats: Northern Michigan (21-12-3 overall, 19-7-2 WCHA) finished second in the WCHA, much higher than their predicted seventh place in the preseason polls. The Wildcats have been strong in the second half, winning 10 of their last 12 games.

Last weekend, NMU split a home-and-home series with arch rival Michigan Tech, winning 2-1 at home and losing 3-2 on the road.

NMU boasts three dangerous goal scorers that will need to be contained for the Chargers to advance. Robbie Payne (20 goals), Troy Loggins (17 goals), Darien Craighead (17 goals) combined for five goals and 11 points in the four games against UAH this season.

And that doesn’t include the Wildcats’ leading scorer, Adam Rockwood, who has 30 assists (fourth in Division I) and 38 points this season. Rockwood had a goal and four assists against the Chargers.

The Wildcats will have all-WCHA goaltender Atte Tolvanen between the pipes. He did not dress against UAH in the series in Marquette, but has started every game since returning from injury on Dec. 15. Tolvanen allowed six goals on 29 shots in the two games in Huntsville.

Players to watch:
Adam Rockwood (Jr., F, 8-30-38 in 36 GP)
Robbie Payne (Sr., F, 20-9-29 in 36 GP)
Troy Loggins (Jr.,, F, 17-20-37 in 36 GP)
Darien Craighead (So., F, 17-14-31 in 35 GP)
Philip Beaulieu (So., D, 9-22-31 in 36 GP)
Atte Tolvanen (Jr., G, 2.41 GAA, .905 SV%, 2 shutouts in 28 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape
(per game averages)
Northern Michigan
11-21-2 Overall record 21-12-3
10-16-2 WCHA record 19-7-2
2.46 (7th) Goals/game 3.04 (3rd)
3.07 (T-7th) Goals allowed/game 2.29 (4th)
15.2 (4th) Penalty minutes 13.1 (9th)
16.9% (6th) Power play 21.6% (2nd)
80.1% (7th) Penalty kill 83.2% (4th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

 

Series notes: Northern Michigan leads the all-time series 13-6-3, including an 8-3-1 mark in Marquette. UAH has won four of the last six meetings overall, and three of the last four at NMU. This season, both series in Huntsville and Marquette were splits.

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

Friday, March 2 (Game 1)
UAH at #19 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #17 Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 (Game 2)
UAH at #19 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #17 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 (Game 3 if necessary)
UAH at #19 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #17 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Preview: UAH vs. #15 Bowling Green

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 3:07 p.m.
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Bowling Green

Kurt Gosselin

Kurt Gosselin, who can throw a solid hip check, now has 16 career goals at UAH. (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (10-20-2 overall, 9-15-2 WCHA) was off last week, but despite that and being swept by Minnesota State two weeks ago, the Chargers remain in sixth place in the WCHA standings (albeit now tied with Alaska).

In this final week of the regular season against Bowling Green, the Chargers need at least two points (or otherwise get help elsewhere) to qualify for the WCHA playoffs.

Against Minnesota State, which was ranked fifth in the USCHO poll at the time, UAH nearly pulled off an upset in the first game. Kurt Gosselin and Christian Rajic scored two quick goals early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but MSU rallied with a goal with 2:10 left in regulation and another 27 seconds into overtime to win. The Mavericks rolled 6-1 in the second game.

Josh Kestner had an assist in the first game to raise his point total to 27 for the season. He’s tied for the WCHA lead with Minnesota State’s C.J. Seuss with 18 goals in conference play and 20 goals overall.

Kestner will be one of eight players who will be finishing their UAH careers this season. They will be honored before Sunday’s home finale.

Brennan Saulnier can return to action after being suspended for four games.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 20 goals-7 assists-27 points in 32 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 9-14-23 in 30 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 9-6-15 in 32 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 5-10-15 in 32 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.95 goals against average, .910 save percentage in 27 starts)

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (19-9-6 overall, 16-5-5 WCHA) comes to Huntsville winners of seven of its last eight games, including a sweep at Alaska Anchorage last week. The Falcons, sitting in third place in the WCHA standings three points behind Northern Michigan, have clinched home ice in the WCHA quarterfinals.

Three of the top six scorers for the Falcons are freshmen. Max Johnson has scored a goal in six of the last nine games. Brandon Kruse had two assists in the series against UAH at BG back in December.

Alec Rauhauser is second in the nation among defensemen in points per game with 0.97.

Mitchell McLain has 14 points in his last 13 games.

Players to watch:
Alec Rauhauser (So., D, 7-26-33 in 34 GP)
Mitchell McLain (Sr., F, 14-11-25 in 34 GP)
Brandon Kruse (Fr., F, 6-23-29 in 34 GP)
Max Johnson (Fr., F, 10-15-25 in 34 GP)
Adam Smith (Jr., D, 1-3-4 in 34 GP, Nashville Predators prospect)
Ryan Bednard (So., G, 2.32 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SHO in 20 starts, Florida Panthers prospect)

UAH Tale of the tape
(per game averages)
Bowling Green
10-20-2 Overall record 19-9-6
9-15-2 WCHA record 16-5-5
2.54 (7th) Goals/game 3.15 (2nd)
3.12 (7th) Goals allowed/game 2.31 (T-3rd)
15.7 (3rd) Penalty minutes 17.0 (2nd)
16.4% (6th) Power play 19.5% (4th)
81.2% (7th) Penalty kill 84.3% (4th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

 

Series notes: Bowling Green leads the all-time series 22-2-4, and is 9-3-0 in Huntsville. The Falcons are 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings, with the last UAH win being a 7-5 decision on March 4, 2016. Back on Dec. 9 in Ohio, UAH tied Bowling Green 3-3 (UAH earning the extra WCHA point in the shootout) and lost 3-1.

Promotions: On Friday, the first 500 fans get a free UAH Hockey trading card set courtesy of Colonial Printing.

Free general admission for kids 12 and under is available to all home games, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

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

Friday, Feb. 23
#15 Bowling Green at UAH, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #16 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #4 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24
#15 Bowling Green at UAH, 3:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#16 Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #4 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.