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Preview: Northern Michigan at UAH

Where: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 3:37 p.m.
Watch: Ticket information | FloHockey.tv (subscription required)
Promotions:

  • Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, courtesy Huntsville International Airport, at the VBC box office.
  • UAH hockey trading cards will be given to the first 500 fans on Friday.
  • UAH team photos (sponsored by SportsMed) will be given to the first 500 fans on Saturday.
  • Tickets to Saturday’s Huntsville Havoc game will be good for general admission to UAH’s Saturday game.

Charger update: UAH (6-23-1 overall, 6-15-1-1 WCHA) ran into trouble at sixth-ranked Minnesota State, losing 6-1 and 4-0.

“Playing teams like Mankato is a great learning experience for our guys,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said. “Obviously, certain teams have more talent, but for us it’s to get our guys to compete consistently.

“I was proud of our guys on Saturday because we knew we were out of gas after about midway through that game. We had a good third period and hopefully take that into this weekend.”

This weekend is Senior Weekend, the final home series of the season. The eight seniors will be honored before Saturday’s game.

Two of those seniors are Hans Gorowsky and Kurt Gosselin, who were named the WCHA Forward and Defenseman of the Month, respectively, for January. Each scored 10 points in eight games for the month.

Gosselin, one of the team’s captains who battled injury through most of the season’s first half, has 13 points in 17 games. He scored the lone goal for UAH at Minnesota State.

“[Gosselin] is the guy leading the charge as far as commitment,” Corbett. “That’s a guy right now we need to play 25 to 26 minutes every single night and every other shift for us to be successful.

“Whether he wants it or not, he’s willing to jump the boards for us. That’s kind of a ‘watch me, follow me’ type of leadership, and we need other guys to follow.”

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Wildcats: Northern Michigan (14-13-0 overall, 13-7-0-0 WCHA) sits in fourth place in the WCHA standings, meaning the Wildcats are fighting for home ice in the conference playoffs. NMU split with then 13th-ranked Bowling Green last week, ending a three-game losing streak.

NMU and UAH got very familiar last season, meeting four times in the regular season, splitting both series, and the Wildcats besting the Chargers in three games in the WCHA quarterfinals at NMU.

The Wildcats have two players leading with 24 points. One is senior forward Troy Loggins, who has 12 goals on the season. The other is junior defenseman Philip Beaulieu, who has 19 assists (tied for third in the WCHA).

Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen has started all 27 games for NMU this season, posting a 2.33 goals against average and .914 save percentage with four shutouts.

Northern Michigan statistics 2018-19

Series notes:
Overall: NMU leads 15-7-3. First meeting: Jan. 24, 2003.
In Huntsville: NMU leads 5-3-2.
Trend: Series tied 5-5-0 over the last 10 meetings.
Last series: March 2-4, 2018, WCHA quarterfinals in Marquette, Mich. NMU won game 1, 7-1; UAH won game 2, 3-2; NMU won game 3, 5-2.

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

Friday, February 8
Northern Michigan at UAH, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#6 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 9
Northern Michigan at UAH, 3:37 p.m.
Bemidji State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#6 Minnesota State at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Idle: #16 Bowling Green, #19 Lake Superior State

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Preview: UAH at Minnesota State

Where: Verizon Center, Mankato, Minn.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)

Charger update: UAH (6-21-1 overall, 6-13-1-1 WCHA) had a rough series last week at home against Alaska, getting swept by the Nanooks.

On Friday, the Chargers were given plenty of power play opportunities, but couldn’t do anything with them in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, UAH paid dearly for not staying out of the box, allowing four power play goals in 10 Alaska chances in a 5-2 defeat.

Hans Gorowsky scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Saturday. Bauer Neudecker and Christian Rajic scored the other goals in the weekend.

Mark Sinclair started both games in net, making 26 saves on Friday and 32 on Saturday. He now has a 2.93 goals against average and .914 save percentage on the season.

UAH is now firmly in eighth place, the last of the WCHA playoff positions. With 20 points, the Chargers are six behind Alaska and seven ahead of Ferris State.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Mavericks: Minnesota State (21-6-1 overall, 16-4-0-0 WCHA) stands atop the WCHA with 48 points, eight ahead of second-place Bowling Green. The sixth-ranked Mavericks, who lead the nation in wins, have won seven of eight and swept third place Northern Michigan last week.

Minnesota State has the highest-scoring offense in the league and fifth-highest in Division I at 3.68 goals per game. The Mavs are lethal on the power play, scoring on 21.7 percent of their opportunities.

Two German juniors pace the Mavericks. Marc Michaelis has 29 points (13 goals-16 assists) and Parker Tuomie has 27 (10-17). Another German, Julian Napravnik, is in the running for WCHA’s top freshman with 15 points (5-10).

The Mavericks have also been stout on defense, tops in league play at 1.75 goals allowed per game. Freshman goaltender Dryden McKay has 21 starts this season, posting a 2.04 goals against with a .919 save percentage and two shutouts.

Minnesota State 2018-19 statistics

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

Friday, February 1
UAH at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#13 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Lake Superior State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 2
UAH at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#13 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#20 Lake Superior State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.

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Preview: Alaska at UAH

Where: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: Ticket information | FloHockey.tv (subscription required)
Promotions: Military Appreciation Weekend, presented by the UAH Office of Economic Research and Bryant Bank: All active and former military personnel get free admission, and military T-shirts will be given away on Saturday. Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, courtesy Huntsville International Airport, at the VBC box office on game days. UAH hockey trading cards will be given to the first 500 fans on Friday.

Charger update: UAH (6-19-1 overall, 6-11-1-1 WCHA) got its first series sweep of the season with 6-2 and 6-3 wins over Alaska Anchorage at the VBC last week.

After starting 0-9, the Chargers have won three straight at home. UAH is 3-1-1 in its last five games overall.

The 12 goals last week were the most the Chargers scored in a two-game series since Jan. 2004. UAH has scored 21 goals in its last four home games, a 5.25 average.

Leading the offensive charge were seniors Hans Gorowsky and Kurt Gosselin. Gorowsky scored four goals with an assist over the weekend to earn WCHA Forward of the Week honors. Gosselin had six points on three goals and three assists for the WCHA Defenseman of the Week award and the NCAA’s No. 1 star.

Cam Knight added a goal and three assists, and Austin Beaulieu also had three assists. Andrew Dodson, Jack Jeffers, Connor Wood, and Jesper Ohrvall all pitched in a goal.

Mark Sinclair played both games in goal, stopping 47 of 52 shots.

The penalty kill now sits at 87.7 percent, tops in the WCHA and fifth in Division I.

UAH moved into a dead heat for seventh in the WCHA standings with this week’s opponent, Alaska. The Chargers are 10 points clear of ninth-place Ferris State.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Nanooks: Alaska (6-16-2 overall, 6-11-1-1 WCHA) is coming off a series split at home with No. 9 Bowling Green, winning the opener 4-1 before falling 2-0. The Nanooks have one win in each of their last two series, but those have been the only wins in their last eight games.

The Chargers and Nanooks met in Fairbanks back in November, with UAH winning the first game 3-1 before Alaska took the second 2-1. This series could decide potential tiebreakers for seeding in the WCHA playoffs.

Sophomore left wing Steven Jandric leads the Nanooks in scoring with six goals and 12 points. The Nanooks are averaging 1.79 goals per game this season, just behind UAH’s 1.81.

Anton Martinsson is Alaska’s top goaltender with a 3.02 goals against average and .905 save percentage in 16 starts. He made 67 saves on 69 Bowling Green shots last week.

Alaska 2018-19 statistics

Series notes: 
Overall: Alaska leads 23-10-2 (first meeting: Dec. 11, 1987).
In Huntsville: Alaska leads 8-4-2.
Trend: Tied 4-4-1 in the last nine meetings.
Last meeting: Nov. 16-17, 2018 in Fairbanks. UAH won 3-1, Alaska won 2-1.

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

Friday, January 25
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#7 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #9 Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 26
Alaska at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#7 Minnesota State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #9 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

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Preview: Alaska Anchorage at UAH

Where: Propst Arena at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 3:07 p.m.
Watch: Ticket information | FloHockey.tv (subscription required)
Promotions: Kids 12 and under can get free general admission tickets, courtesy Huntsville International Airport, at the VBC box office on game days.

Charger update: UAH (4-19-1 overall, 4-11-1-1 WCHA) had a 7-2 loss and a 1-1 tie at 18th-ranked Lake Superior State last week. The Chargers earned two WCHA points in the tie after winning the shootout.

After an awful first period in the first game Friday where they allowed six goals, the Chargers bared down the five periods after.

UAH had a 1-0 lead in the third period Saturday thanks to Madison Dunn until the Lakers tied it up with 1:57 remaining in regulation.

Goaltender Mark Sinclair had a great night Saturday, stopping 36 of 37 shots. He also played the majority of Friday’s game, relieving Jake Theut halfway through the first.

Austin Beaulieu scored on Friday to tie Jack Jeffers for the team lead with five.

“The last five periods of last weekend was pretty good for us,” UAH head coach Mike Corbett said. “We just gained confidence every period. Hopefully we can move forward with that.”

The Chargers have started to turn things around somewhat, going 3-3-1-1 in their last seven WCHA games after a 1-8-0-0 start.

“Right now, we’re getting points every weekend,” Corbett said. “We’ve scored some goals and done some things that we were hoping what was going to happen at the start of the year.

“The buy-in of our players is exactly what we wanted it to be. We had some type of a disconnect on what was needed for us to be successful and win. Now our kids are executing that way and they’re competing a lot harder, too.”

The next two weekends are a prime opportunity for UAH to rack up some points at home. After last-place Alaska Anchorage visits the VBC this week, the Chargers host the team just ahead of them in seventh, Alaska, next week.

“We say not to talk about (the standings), but they all look at it,” Corbett said. “I want you to look at it and be hungry and make sure these next four games count at home. This is a weekend where we have to take care of our business.”

The Chargers’ penalty kill remained strong, keeping the Lakers off the scoreboard in 10 power play opportunities. UAH is now sixth in Division I and second in the WCHA at 88 percent penalty killing efficiency.

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (2-19-1 overall, 1-14-1-0 WCHA) is in full rebuilding mode for first-year head coach Matt Curley. The Seawolves are in last place in the WCHA.

The Seawolves have had greater struggles on offense than the Chargers have, with only 24 goals in 22 games. UAA’s top goal scorers are seniors: Jeremiah Luedtke (five), Nicolas Erb-Ekholm (four) and Nils Rygaard (three).

UAA has split goaltending duties among three youngsters: Two sophomores and a freshman. Brodys Claeys has put up the best numbers in nine games, posting a 2.33 goals against average and .921 save percentage with a shutout.

Alaska Anchorage 2018-19 statistics

Series notes:
Overall: UAA leads 21-9-3 (first meeting: Dec. 7, 1987).
In Anchorage: UAA leads 15-4-0.
Trend: UAH is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings, and 7-3-2 in the last 12.
Last meeting: Jan. 12-13, 2018 in Anchorage. UAH won 4-2, UAA won 2-1.

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

Friday, January 18
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 7:07 p.m.
#18 Lake Superior State at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:37 p.m. (outdoor game on Lake Bemidji)
#9 Bowling Green at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 19
Alaska Anchorage at UAH, 3:07 p.m.
#18 Lake Superior State at #6 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:37 p.m.
#9 Bowling Green at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

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Preview: UAH at Lake Superior State

Where: Taffy Abel Arena, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m. CST; Saturday, 7:07 p.m. CST
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)

Charger update: UAH (4-18-0 overall, 4-10-0 WCHA) had an offensive explosion in a split with Ferris State last week at the VBC. UAH scored a season-high five goals on Friday, but lost 6-5 in overtime. The Chargers rallied from two goals down late in the third to win 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.

The Chargers scored nine of their 32 goals this season, or 28 percent, in the series. Head coach Mike Corbett said his team was able to consistently focus and execute on a simple formula: getting pucks and bodies to the net.

“We have to get people willing to go to what we call around here the ‘third circle,’ right in the middle of the offensive zone,” Corbett said. “If you win that third circle on both ends, you’re probably going to win the game, or at least put yourself in position to win the game. We did a good job of getting more pucks and more bodies there, and getting second chances on their goaltender.

“I had to remind them in practice this week to remember how we got there.”

Austin Beaulieu was the star for UAH, scoring three goals and an assist in the series. He had a hand in all three goals that lifted the Chargers to victory, earning him WCHA Forward of the Week honors.

“Austin hasn’t changed a day since he’s been on campus,” Corbett said. “He works his butt off every day. It’s nice to see him get rewarded because he’s been on the cusp of breaking out a little bit. He just comes to work every day and enjoys the game of hockey.”

UAH is in eighth place in the WCHA standings, two points ahead of Ferris State and two points behind Alaska for seventh. Now the Chargers head to Lake Superior State looking to maintain focus, continue getting points, and solidifying their playoff position.

“It’s going to be a really big test for us,” Corbett said. “I like the way we’re playing and I think we’ve got some confidence. We tend to play a little looser and focused on the road. We’ve had a solid week of practice, now we’ve got to use the time on the road to dial in and be mentally prepared.”

UAH 2018-19 statistics

About the Lakers: Lake Superior State (13-6-1 overall, 8-5-1 WCHA) is on a six-game winning streak, with road sweeps of Alaska and Alaska Anchorage sandwiching a Great Lakes Invitational championship where the Lakers beat Michigan State and Michigan Tech. The Lakers are fifth in the WCHA standings and are ranked at No. 18 in the latest USCHO.com poll.

The Lakers, who defeated UAH 4-3 and 2-1 at the VBC on Oct. 26-27, have a potent offense averaging 3.35 goals per game, third in the WCHA and 12th in Division I.

Senior forward Diego Cuglietta has been on fire, scoring six goals in his last four games and 10 in the last eight. He has a total of 15 goals on the season, which leads the WCHA and is second nationally.

Anthony Nellis also has double-digit goals with 11. Both he and Cuglietta have 21 points, tied for fifth in the conference.

“I think everybody in the league knew that their top two lines are very good with (Gage) Torrel, (Brayden) Gelsinger, Nellis, and Cuglietta,” Corbett said. “Their confidence right now is just brimming. I think that’s probably the biggest difference in them” since the Lakers visited Huntsville in October.

Defenseman Lukas Kaelble is tied for second in the WCHA with 15 assists.

Senior Nick Kossoff has been the Lakers’ primary goaltender, posting a 2.29 goals against average and .913 save percentage with a shutout in 13 starts. Sophomore Mareks Mitens (2.45 GAA, .911 SV%) also has a shutout.

Lake Superior State 2018-19 statistics

Series notes:
Overall: LSSU leads 13-7-2.
In Sault Ste. Marie: UAH leads 5-3-2.
Trend: LSSU has won 7 of the last 8 meetings.
Last meeting: Oct. 26-27, 2018 at Huntsville. LSSU won 4-3 and 2-1.

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

Friday, January 11
UAH at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#10 Bowling Green at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, January 12
UAH at #18 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska at Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m.
#8 Minnesota State at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
#10 Bowling Green at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.