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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.

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UAH hosts Bemidji looking to start a run

Bemidji State (10-7-3, 10-3-1-0 WCHA) at UAH (1-16-3, 1-10-3-1 WCHA)
WHERE: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
WHEN: Thursday, 7:37 p.m.; Friday, 7:37 p.m.
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UAH probably put on its best effort last weekend. Now the Chargers must turn this effort into victories and make a run at the WCHA playoffs.

The Chargers lost 5-2 in both games at North Dakota, which showed why its ranked No. 1 in the country. UAH was within a goal in the third period in both games, and the Hawks put each game away with an empty-net goal.

This brings UAH some confidence going into this week’s series against Bemidji State at the VBC. The Chargers will want to show that they have improved since the series in Bemidji back in November, when the Beavers won 5-3 and 7-0.

Josh Latta had a three-point weekend against North Dakota and now leads the Chargers with 13 points. He has points in four of the last five games. Christian Rajic scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season on Friday.

Mark Sinclair started both games in net at UND, making 64 total saves.

Bemidji State sits in second place in the WCHA standings, five points behind first-place Minnesota State, after sweeping Ferris State at home last week. UAH is in last place, six points behind Alaska Anchorage and seven behind eighth-place Ferris State.

The Beavers have two 10-goal scorers in Aaron Miller and Adam Brady. Their hottest forward is Owen Sillinger, who had five points in the sweep of Ferris State and earned WCHA forward of the week honors.

Defenseman Elias Rosén had four assists last week against FSU to win the WCHA rookie of the week award, and is tied with Miller for the team lead in assists with 11.

These will be the 91st and 92nd meetings between the Chargers and the Beavers. BSU holds a 51-34-5 in the overall series dating back to 1994.

TEAM STATISTICS: UAH | Bemidji State

The Bemidji Pioneer: Beavers head south to warm up against rival Alabama Huntsville

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

Thursday, January 9
Bemidji State at UAH, 7:37 p.m.

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

Saturday, January 11
Minnesota State at Ferris State, 5:07 p.m.
Bowling Green at Michigan Tech, 5:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

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Chargers get crack at No. 1 to start ’20

UAH (1-14-3) at No. 1 North Dakota (14-1-2)
WHERE: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.
WHEN: Friday, 7:37 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
WATCH: NCHC.tv (subscription)

After a struggling first half to the season, UAH resumes action at North Dak ota to face the No. 1-ranked Fighting Hawks. Before the break, the Chargers took a 2-point tie and a loss at Ferris State on December 13-14.

Christian Rajic and Josh Latta lead UAH with 10 points. Rajic, Jack Jeffers, and Tyr Thompson each have four goals.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair has a 1.91 goals against average and .946 save percentage over his last three starts (3.91 GAA and .892 SV% for the season).

The Fighting Hawks have won sevengames in a row and are unbeaten in their last 13. They defeated the USA Under-18 team in an exhibition game on December 28.

Jordan Kawaguchi leads UND with 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists. He leads a Fighting Hawk offense that is tops in Division I at 4.18 goals per game.

Adam Scheel has played all 17 games in net for North Dakota, posting a .927 save percentage and 1.56 goals against average with two shutouts. UND is third in the nation in scoring defense.

The Chargers are 0-7 all-time against No. 1. The last chance came against Boston College on Dec. 29, 2012 at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota, when UAH fell 5-2.

UAH is 0-4 all-time against North Dakota, meeting up in Grand Forks in 1989 and 2016. The series four years ago went 1-0 and 4-1 in favor of UND, which was ranked No. 2 at the time.

The Chargers return home next weekend against Bemidji State.

This week in the WCHA: All times Central.

Friday, January 3
UAH at #1 North Dakota, 7:37 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at #11 Bowling Green, 5:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at #3 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 4
UAH at #1 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at #11 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
* Alaska at #3 Minnesota State, 6:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #17 Arizona State, 6:05 p.m.

Sunday, January 5
* Lake Superior State at Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at #17 Arizona State, 6:05 p.m.

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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 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.