Dec 072017
 

Where: Slater Family Ice Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Bowling Green

Tyler Poulsen leads the Chargers with 10 assists. (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCatPhotography)

Charger update: UAH (6-9-1 overall, 5-4-1 WCHA) earned its third straight series split last week at Northern Michigan. The Chargers are tied for fifth place in the WCHA with 16 points.

On Friday, Christian Rajic scored the game’s first goal, the seventh of the season for the freshman, but NMU scored two straight shorthanded goals and held off the Chargers, 3-1. Tyler Poulsen had his team-leading 10th assist.

On Saturday, Josh Kestner scored the game-tying goal late in the second period and the game-winner early in the third as UAH won 3-2. The senior Huntsville native now has 10 goals to lead the team. John Teets scored his third goal of the season, and Madison Dunn pitched in two assists.

Jordan Uhelski started both games in net, making 51 saves on 56 shots.

This is the second of six straight road series for the Chargers.

Charger leaders:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 10 goals-4 assists-14 points in 16 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-10-13 in 15 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7-4-11 in 16 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 7-4-11 in 16 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 16 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.85 goals against average, .907 save percentage in 13 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape Bowling Green
6-9-1 Overall record 7-5-5
5-4-1 WCHA record 6-2-4
3.30 (2nd) Goals/game 2.67 (6th)
3.10 (T-7th) Goals allowed/game 2.25 (3rd)
15.1 (4th) Pen. minutes/game 16.3 (2nd)
25.0% (1st) Power play 18.0% (7th)
80.4% (7th) Penalty kill 81.8% (T-4th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (7-5-5 overall, 6-2-4 WCHA) earned four points at home against Bemidji State last week, winning 3-1 and tying 3-3 (losing the point after in a shootout). The Falcons moved ahead of idle Minnesota State atop the WCHA standings with 24 points.

Mitch McLain, a first-team all-WCHA forward last season, leads the Falcons with six goals. He got the empty-netter to cinch BGSU’s win over Bemidji State last Friday.

Sophomore goaltender Ryan Bedard, a Florida Panthers prospect, leads the WCHA and is ranked ninth in Division I in both save percentage (.927) and goals against average (2.02). The Falcons also have freshman Eric Dop, who earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors for last week’s 24-save, one-goal-allowed performance in the win over Bemidji State.

Players to watch:
Cameron Wright (Fr., F, 5-10-15 in 17 GP)
Stephen Baylis (Jr., F, 5-9-14 in 16 GP)
Alec Rauhauser (So., D, 4-10-14 in 17 GP)
Mitchell McLain (Sr., F, 6-3-9 in 17 GP)
Ryan Bedard (So., G, 2.02 GAA, .927 SV% in 9 starts)

Series notes: Bowling Green holds a 21-4-1 advantage in the all-time series with UAH dating back to 2000, and is 11-1-1 at BGSU. Since both programs joined the WCHA, Bowling Green has won 14 of 16 meetings, including the last five. The last two games were in Huntsville to end the 2016-17 season, with the Falcons winning 7-0 and 2-0. The last Charger win was a 7-5 decision in Huntsville on March 4, 2016.

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

Friday, Dec. 8
UAH at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9
UAH at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Nov 302017
 

Where: Berry Events Center, Marquette, Mich.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Northern Michigan

Brandon Salerno (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (5-8-1 overall, 4-3-1 WCHA) gutted out a split against Ferris State last week to finish its six-game homestand. After allowing six unanswered goals in a 6-2 loss on Friday, the Chargers overcame bumps, bruises, and two deficits to win 5-3 on Saturday. UAH finished the homestand 3-2-1, and is 4-2-1 in its last seven games overall.

Northern Michigan is the first of six road series in seven weeks. The Chargers won’t play at home until Jan. 26.

Brandon Salerno scored twice in Saturday’s victory, including the game-winning goal with 7:06 remaining in regulation.

Josh Kestner got a goal in each game to raise his season total to eight to lead all the team. Kestner is third in the WCHA in overall goals. He has 12 points on the season, tied with Tyler Poulsen.

Poulsen had two assists on Saturday, give him a team-leading nine (tied for seventh in the WCHA).

Freshman goaltender Mark Sinclair made his third start of the season on Friday, making 29 saves. Senior goalie Jordan Uhelski was back between the pipes Saturday, stopping 32 of 35 FSU shots in the win.

Charger leaders:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 8 goals-4 assists-12 points in 14 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-9-12 in 13 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7-4-11 in 14 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 6-3-9 in 14 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 14 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.90 goals against average, .907 save percentage in 11 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape Northern Michigan
5-8-1 Overall record 7-7-0
4-3-1 WCHA record 5-3-0
3.62 (2nd) Goals/game 2.38 (T-8th)
3.25 (8th) Goals allowed/game 2.12 (1st)
15.9 (4th) Pen. minutes/game 14.4 (6th)
26.3% (2nd) Power play 16.2% (8th)
80.9% (6th) Penalty kill 89.7% (3rd)
WCHA rank in parentheses, league games only

About the Wildcats: Northern Michigan (7-7-0 overall, 5-3-0 WCHA) has lost three in a row after being swept in a non-conference series at Omaha. It was NMU’s first time being swept this season, following a strong start that included splits with then-No. 6 Wisconsin and then-No. 9 Minnesota State.

Robbie Payne has been the main offensive force for the Wildcats, with 12 goals in 14 games this season. The senior captain is tied for the WCHA lead in overall goals and tied for second in overall points (16). NMU is 6-1-0 when Payne has scored a goal this season.

Phillip Beaulieu (no relation to UAH’s Austin Beaulieu) is tied for fifth in the league in defenseman scoring with 10 points.

Junior Atte Tolvanen is their top netminder, whose 2.43 goals against average is third in the WCHA and .916 save percentage is second. He posted a 35-save shutout at Ferris State on Oct. 14 and a 19-save shutout against Michigan Tech on Nov. 11.

Players to watch:
Robbie Payne (Sr., F, 12-4-16 in 14 GP)
Troy Loggins (Jr., F, 3-9-12 in 14 GP)
Darien Craighead (So., F, 4-7-11 in 13 GP)
Philip Beaulieu (So., D, 4-6-10 in 14 GP)
Atte Tolvanen (Jr., G, 2.43 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO in 10 starts)

Series notes: Northern Michigan leads the all time series 11-4-3 (going back to 2003), including a 7-2-1 record in Marquette. However, those two Charger wins at NMU came last season in December by scores of 4-1 and 3-1.

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

Friday, Dec. 1
UAH at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
UAH at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.

Nov 222017
 

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: Tickets | WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Ferris State

Jordan Uhelski

Jordan Uhelski made 60 saves last weekend against Lake Superior State. (Photo by Todd Thompson / RiverCat Photography)

Charger update: UAH (4-7-1 overall, 3-2-1 WCHA) had a split at home against Lake Superior State last week, with the Chargers losing 3-1 on Friday and winning 5-3 on Saturday.

This series against Ferris State will finish UAH’s six-game home stand before playing the next 12 on the road. The Chargers won’t play at the Von Braun Center again for two months.

Christian Rajic scored UAH’s first freshman hat trick in 15 years in Saturday’s win, giving him six goals on the season. He and senior Josh Kestner are tied for second on the team in goals.

Brennan Saulnier scored his team-leading seventh goal on Saturday, already besting his high mark for a season. His 10 points are tied with Tyler Poulsen, who has five assists in the last three games.

Jordan Uhelski has started the last five games for the Chargers in net. He matched a season high against LSSU on Saturday with 41 saves.

Charger leaders:
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7 goals-3 assists-10 points in 12 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-7-10 in 11 GP)
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 6-3-9 in 12 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.89 goals against average, .906 save percentage)

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Lake Superior State
4-7-1 Overall record 5-8-1
3-2-1 WCHA record 2-3-1
2.58 (T-5th) Goals/game 2.00 (T-9th)
3.17 (T-8th) Goals allowed/game 3.00 (6th)
15.4 (2nd) Pen. minutes/game 12.7 (7th)
18.6% (6th) Power play 14.5% (9th)
74.2% (9th) Penalty kill 76.4% (8th)

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (5-8-1 overall, 2-3-1 WCHA) is coming off being swept by Michigan State in a home-and-home series. Before that, the Bulldogs had won three straight, with a sweep of Alaska at home and finishing a split at Michigan.

Senior forward Mitch Maloney leads FSU with eight goals. He had a five-game goal-scoring streak broken last Saturday against Michigan State.

Goaltending has been split by sophomore Justin Kapelmaster and junior Darren Smith. Each had a start last week against Michigan State.

Players to watch:
Corey Mackin (Jr., F, 2-9-11 in 12 GP)
Mitch Maloney (Sr., F, 8-2-10 in 14 GP)
Ryker Killins (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 13 GP)
Justin Kapelmaster (So., G, 2.87 GAA, .913 SV%)
Darren Smith (Jr., G, 3.11 GAA, .909 SV%)

Series notes: Ferris State leads the all-time series 14-6-1, and has won six of eight games at the Von Braun Center. However, the Chargers won three of four meetings last season. UAH swept the Bulldogs in Big Rapids 2-1 and 4-3 to open the 2016-17 campaign and split in Huntsville, winning 5-3 and losing 3-1.

Promotions: Kids 12 and under get free general admission to both games, courtesy of Huntsville International Airport. For “Black Friday Blackout”, the first 500 fans to Friday’s game get a black UAH hockey T-shirt, courtesy of Wells Fargo. Fans are encouraged to wear black at Friday’s game.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Princeton, 6 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25
* Ferris State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Miami at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at #16 Minnesota Duluth, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.
USA Under-18 at Lake Superior State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Nov 162017
 

Where: Propst Arena, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: Tickets | WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Lake Superior State

Christian Rajic

Christian Rajic had a goal and an assist vs. UAA last week. The freshman has 3 goals and 3 assists so far. (Photo by Todd Thompson)

Charger update: UAH (3-6-1 overall, 2-1-1 WCHA) took four of six points against Alaska Anchorage in its first home series of the season last week.

The Chargers dominated the first game 5-1, with Brennan Saulnier scoring two goals. They rallied from two goals down in the third period to tie the second game 3-3, with Connor Merkley getting the equalizer with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation. UAA won the extra point in the WCHA standings in a shootout.

Josh Kestner scored twice in the second game. He and Saulnier have six goals, tied for the team lead and fourth in the WCHA overall leaders.

Cam Knight had three assists in the series, giving him a team-leading six for the year. Kurt Gosselin had a helper to give him seven points, tying him for fifth in the WCHA in defenseman scoring.

In goal, Jordan Uhelski made 16 saves on Friday and 31 on Saturday, raising his save percentage to .901.

UAH went 4-for-10 on the power play for the series.

Charger leaders:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 6 goals-3 assists-9 points in 10 games played)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 6-2-8 in 10 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 2-5-7 in 10 GP)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3-4-7 in 9 GP)
Cam Knight (Jr., D, 0-6-6 in 10 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.99 goals against average, .901 save percentage in 8 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape

(WCHA rank)

Lake Superior State
3-6-1 Overall record 2-7-3
2-1-1 WCHA record 1-3-2
2.50 (T-6th) Goals/game 2.17 (8th)
3.20 (8th) Goals allowed/game 3.67 (10th)
15.3 (2nd) Pen. minutes/game 11.9 (8th)
20.4% (4th) Power play 26.1% (2nd)
72.2% (9th) Penalty kill 79.3% (5th)

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (2-7-3 overall, 1-3-2 WCHA) comes to Huntsville after a tie (with shootout loss) and a loss at Bowling Green last weekend.

The Lakers have already played in four overtime games this season, going 1-0-3. One of those ties was at then-No. 1 Denver, with goaltender Nick Kossoff needing to make 63 saves.

Kossoff, a junior, and freshman Mareks Mitens have split the goaltending duties with six starts apiece.

Senior forward J.T. Henke is tied with Minnesota State’s C.J. Seuss for the WCHA’s overall scoring lead with 15 points. He leads the league in assists with 12.

Players to watch:
J.T. Henke (Sr., F, 3-12-15 in 12 GP)
Max Humitz (So., F, 5-3-8 in 12 GP)
Anthony Nellis (Jr., F, 5-2-7 in 12 GP)
Brayden Gelsinger (So. F, 3-5-8 in 10 GP)

Series notes: Lake Superior State leads the all-time series over UAH 10-6-2. The Lakers won all four meetings against the Chargers last season. LSSU has a 7-1-0 advantage in Huntsville.

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

Friday, Nov. 17
* Lake Superior State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at #5 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* #20 Northern Michigan at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Michigan State, 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18
* Lake Superior State at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at #5 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* #20 Northern Michigan at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Michigan State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.

Nov 022017
 

Where: Oceanside Ice Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
When: Friday, 9:05 p.m.; Saturday, 9:05 p.m. (CDT)
Watch: ASU Live Stream
Team stats: UAH | Arizona State

Charger update: Not much went right last week as UAH (1-5-0) was swept at Cornell by scores of 5-1 and 3-0. It was the third of four straight road trips to start the season. The Chargers finally play at home next week against Alaska Anchorage.

UAH will need to find its offensive against the Sun Devils. After scoring goals eight in two games at Michigan Tech, the Chargers only scored one at Cornell — by Brennan Saulnier with 3:08 left in the first game. UAH only had 11 shots on goal in the second game.

Special teams will also need to step up. The power play sputtered to 0-for-12 against Cornell. Meanwhile, the penalty kill allowed four goals in 13 opportunities.

This will be the last non-conference series of the season. The Chargers have lost 12 straight games outside the WCHA.

Charger leaders:
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 3 goals-2 assists-5 points in 5 games played)
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 3-2-5 in 6 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 2-2-4 in 6 GP)
Cam Knight (Jr., D, 0-3-3 in 6 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 3.82 goals against average, .890 save percentage in 5 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape
(NCAA rank)
Arizona State
1-5-0 Overall record 1-5-2
2.00 (T-55th) Goals/game 2.25 (T-51st)
4.00 (56th) Goals allowed/game 3.38 (T-45th)
14.7 (15th) Pen. minutes/game 12.2 (T-29th)
17.2% (T-33rd) Power play 8.3 (56th)
73.7 (T-47th) Penalty kill 78.8% (36th)

About the Sun Devils: Arizona State is 1-5-2 so far in its third season as a NCAA Division I varsity program. ASU remains the only independent in Division I after discussions with the WCHA and the NCHC did not produce an agreement.

The Sun Devils won their season opener at home against Massachusetts, but have since gone winless in their last seven games.

ASU also had trouble scoring at an ECAC opponent last week, losing 3-0 and tying 1-1 at Colgate.

Players to watch:
Jakob Stridsberg (Jr., D, 3-2-5 in 8 GP)
Anthony Croston (Jr., F, 2-3-5 in 8 GP)
Dylan Hollman (Sr., F, 1-4-5 in 8 GP)
Louie Rowe (Jr., F, 1-4-5 in 8 GP)
Joey Daccord (So., G, 2.97 GAA, .918 save pct. in 7 starts, Ottawa Senators prospect)

Series notes: This is the first meeting between UAH and Arizona State. Next season, the Sun Devils visit Huntsville on Oct. 19-20, 2018.

Back in the club era, UAH twice played a team from the state of Arizona. The Chargers defeated Northern Arizona 6-2 in the 1982 national semifinals and Arizona 7-4 in the 1983 national semifinals, both en route to U.S. National Club Championships.

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

Thursday, Nov. 2
Ferris State at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3
UAH at Arizona State, 9:05 p.m.
* Alaska Anchorage at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at #20 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* #9 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4
UAH at Arizona State, 9:05 p.m.
* Alaska Anchorage at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Bowling Green at #20 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* #9 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

* WCHA conference game.