Preview: UAH at Omaha

WHERE: Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.
WHEN: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m.
WATCH: NCHC.tv (subscription)

Let’s try that again.

The Chargers struggled to only two goals in their season-opening series at UMass Lowell. UAH lost 5-1 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday while being outshot 74-32 over the two games.

UAH, working on being more aggressive on offense, will take some lessons learned to Omaha this weekend against the NCHC’s Mavericks.

Christian Rajic and Tyr Thompson scored the two goals for UAH. Jack Jeffers had assists on both of them. Josh Latta also helped on Thompson’s goal on Sunday for his first college point.

Freshman goaltender David Fessenden had a good collegiate debut in Sunday’s game, making 37 saves. Mark Sinclair started Saturday’s opener.

About the Mavericks: Omaha won only five games in the powerful NCHC last season, finishing last. The Mavericks were 9-24-3 overall.

UNO will be starting its regular season against the Chargers this weekend after a 3-3 tie against Manitoba in exhibition play on Monday.

Like the Chargers (and UMass Lowell last week), the Mavericks have a ton of freshmen on the roster — 12 to be exact, including all three goaltenders. UNO is picked to finish seventh in the NCHC this season.

Top returning players include sophomore Taylor Ward, last season’s NCHC rookie of the year, and senior Zach Jordan. Both scored nine goals in 2018-19.

Head to head: UAH and Nebraska Omaha have met 16 times since 1997, with the Mavericks leading the series 11-2-3. The last meeting happened in Omaha in the 2014-15 season, with the Mavericks winning 2-1 and before the teams tied 3-3.

WCHA this week: All times Central.

Thursday, October 10
Colgate at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.

Friday, October 11
UAH at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Maine, 6 p.m.
Michigan State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Denver at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. RIT, 7:05 p.m. (Ice Breaker at Toledo, Ohio)
St. Cloud State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Arizona State at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, October 12
UAH at Omaha, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Michigan Tech, 5:07 p.m.
Michigan State at Northern Michigan, 5:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Maine, 6 p.m.
St. Cloud State at Bemidji State, 6:07 p.m.
Denver at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Ohio State/Western Michigan, 7:05 p.m. (Ice Breaker at Toledo, Ohio)
Arizona State at Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.

Preview: UAH at UMass Lowell

WHERE: Tsongas Center, Lowell, Mass.
WHEN (CDT): Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
WATCH: SportsLive

UAH starts its 35th varsity season of hockey and 41st season overall visiting UMass Lowell of Hockey East in a non-conference series.

The Chargers plan to be better prepared to start the season after last year’s 0-10 start. They have a lot of freshmen, but have added speed and size in hopes of being more aggressive and score more goals.

UAHHockey.com season preview of the 2019-20 Chargers

About the River Hawks: Last season, UMass Lowell finished 19-13-5 overall and 12-7-5 in Hockey East, placing fourth. UML lost in three games to Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

UML, picked to finish sixth in its league, also has a lot of youth on their squad, with 12 freshmen and nine sophomores on the roster.

The River Hawks top returning scorer is senior Kenny Hausinger, who scored 13 goals last season.

Senior goaltender and New York Rangers prospect Tyler Wall posted a 2.09 goals against average and .921 save percentage with four shutouts.

Lowell Sun season preview of the River Hawks

Head to head: UAH and UMass Lowell have met 10 times since 1989, with the River Hawks winning nine times. The last meeting happened at Lowell on Nov. 25, 2011 with UAH losing 3-0. UAH’s lone win came on Oct. 25, 1991, a 7-2 win at Lowell.

WCHA this week: All times Central.

Saturday, October 5
UAH at UMass Lowell, 5 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Robert Morris, 6:05 p.m.
Merrimack at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Denver at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at USA Under-18 (exhibition), 6 p.m.
Mount Royal at Minnesota State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

Sunday, October 6
UAH at UMass Lowell, 3 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Robert Morris, 2:05 p.m.
Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio), 4 p.m.
Merrimack at Lake Superior State, 4:07 p.m.
Denver at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Waterloo at Ferris State (exhibition), 1:07 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8
USA Under-18 at Ferris State (exhibition), 6:07 p.m.

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Preview: UAH at Minnesota State, WCHA quarterfinals

Where: Verizon Center, Mankato, Minn.
When: Game 1, Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday, 7:07 p.m.; Game 3 (if necessary), Sunday, 7:07 p.m.
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)

It’s the 2019 WCHA playoffs, and the eighth-seed Chargers head to Mankato this weekend to face top-seed and No. 4-ranked Minnesota State.

The Mavericks (27-7-2) won the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions for the second straight season and fourth time in five years.

Needless to say, UAH (8-26-2) is the clear underdog. The Chargers will need the usual great goaltending, timely goals, and minimal mistakes to pull off an upset win, and they’ll have to do it twice within three days.

Most likely candidates to help UAH pull the upset: Goaltender Mark Sinclair has posted big games this season in the WCHA, earning two shutouts. Hans Gorowsky has been hot as of late, scoring goals in four in his last five games.

The defensive corps has been stalwarts blocking shots, with Cam Knight leading the way with 75 blocks.

UAH players to watch:
Mark Sinclair, G, So. (2.84 GAA, .917 SV%)
Hans Gorowsky, F, Sr. (12g-7a-19p)
Kurt Gosselin, D, Sr. (4g-11a-15p)
Bauer Neudecker, F, Fr. (7g-7a-14p)
Jack Jeffers, F, Fr. (7g-7a-14p)
Chargers 2018-19 statistics

Minnesota State players to watch:
Dryden McKay, G, Fr. (1.78 GAA, .928 SV%)
Marc Michaelis, F, Jr. (16g-10a-26p)
Parker Tuomie, F, Jr. (13g-21a-34p)
Jared Spooner, F, So. (7g-20a-27p)
Connor Mackey, D, So. (6g-16g-22p)
Mavericks 2018-19 statistics

WCHA quarterfinals schedule:

Friday, March 8 (Game 1)
#8 UAH at #1 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#7 Alaska at #2 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#6 Michigan Tech at #3 Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
#5 Bemidji State at #4 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, March 9 (Game 2)
#8 UAH at #1 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#7 Alaska at #2 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#6 Michigan Tech at #3 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#5 Bemidji State at #4 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.

Sunday, March 10 (Game 3, if necessary)
#8 UAH at #1 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#7 Alaska at #2 Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#6 Michigan Tech at #3 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
#5 Bemidji State at #4 Lake Superior State, 3:07 p.m.

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Preview: UAH at Bowling Green

Where: Slater Family Ice Arena, Bowling Green, Ohio
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m. CST; Saturday, 6:07 p.m. CST
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)

Charger update: UAH (7-25-2 overall, 7-17-2-2 WCHA) goes into the final week of the regular season holding the eighth and final WCHA playoff spot. The Chargers split on the road against the team trying to snatch it away from them, the Ferris State Bulldogs.

UAH won the first game in Big Rapids 2-0, with Mark Sinclair making 35 saves in earning his second shutout of the season. Sinclair is now fourth in the WCHA in save percentage at .917.

The Chargers scored first in the second game but allowed three second-period goals in the second period and couldn’t come back in a 5-2 defeat.

UAH still holds the advantage over Ferris State by four points. While the Chargers visit No. 15 Bowling Green, the Bulldogs will be at 19th-ranked Lake Superior State.

The magic number for the Chargers to clinch the playoff spot is three points. Any combination of UAH points won and Ferris State points lost totaling three (such as a UAH win or FSU loss) will send UAH to Mankato next week to face Minnesota State in the WCHA quarterfinals.

Hans Gorowsky scored a goal in each game last week for a team-leading 11 goals on the season. He has found the net in three straight games.

UAH 2018-19 Statistics

WCHA standingsPts.WCHA record
x-Minnesota State6220-5-1-1
y-Bowling Green5215-7-4-3
z-Northern Michigan5016-8-2-0
z-Lake Superior State4715-9-2-0
z-Bemidji State4513-9-4-2
z-Michigan Tech4313-10-3-1
z-Alaska3410-14-2-2
UAH257-17-2-2
Ferris State216-17-3-0
e-Alaska Anchorage112-21-3-2

x-Clinched MacNaughton Cup. y-Clinched home ice in the first round. z-Clinched playoff berth. e-Eliminated from playoff contention.

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (20-8-5 overall, 15-7-4-3 WCHA) enters the final weekend in second place in the WCHA standings. The Falcons are undefeated in their last four games and 5-2-2 in their last nine.

The Falcons can finish anywhere between second and fourth in the standings. They lead third-place Northern Michigan by two points and fourth-place Lake Superior by five.

Bowling Green swept the Chargers in its visit to Huntsville in December by scores of 6-2 and 2-1.

The Falcons are led by three 13-goal scorers: Sophomores Max Johnson and Connor Ford and junior Lukas Craggs. Vegas Golden Knights prospect Brandon Kruse leads the squad with 33 points (second in the WCHA) on the strength of 25 assists (tops in the WCHA).

Goaltender Ryan Bednard (Florida Panthers) leads the WCHA in goals against average (1.78) and save percentage (.926).

Bowling Green 2018-19 Statistics

Series notes: 
Overall: Bowling Green leads 25-5-2 (first meeting: Jan. 21, 2000).
In Bowling Green: BGSU leads 12-1-2. UAH win was Dec. 7, 2013 (4-3 in OT).
Last meeting: Dec. 1-2, 2008 at Huntsville. BGSU won 6-2 and 2-1.

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

Friday, March 1
UAH at #15 Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #19 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #4 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, March 2
UAH at #15 Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at #19 Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #4 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

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Preview: UAH at Ferris State

Where: Ewigleben Ice Arena, Big Rapids, Mich.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m.
Watch: FloHockey.tv (subscription required)

Charger update: UAH (6-24-2 overall, 6-16-2-2 WCHA) can clinch a WCHA playoff spot by earning at least four points against Ferris State in Michigan this weekend.

The Chargers, who were idle last week, are in eighth place and hold the final conference playoff berth, four points ahead of the ninth-place Bulldogs with four games left in the regular season. UAH is nine points behind seventh-place Alaska, which hosts first-place Minnesota State.

UAH had a 2-2 tie (with a 3-on-3 OT win) and a 6-3 loss against Northern Michigan two weeks ago in the Chargers’ final home series of the season. Winless in their last six games, UAH last won on Jan. 19 against Alaska Anchorage.

Hans Gorowsky scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season against NMU. Freshman Jack Jeffers is second at seven goals, the last coming in the tie against NMU.

UAH 2018-19 Statistics

About the Bulldogs: Ferris State (8-21-3 overall, 5-16-3-0 WCHA) gained four points on the idle Chargers last week with a win and a tie at last-place Alaska Anchorage. The Bulldogs were 1-7-1 in the nine games prior.

Last month in Huntsville, FSU and UAH battled to a series split with both games going to overtime. In the first game on Jan. 4, the Bulldogs scored with 8:52 left in the 3rd and 56 seconds into overtime to win 6-5. The Chargers turned the tables the next night, rallying with two goals in the third, including Brandon Salerno’s score with 11 seconds left in regulation, to tie the game before Austin Beaulieu scored in OT to win 4-3.

Freshman defenseman Cooper Zech leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 27 points on seven goals and 20 assists. The favorite to win the WCHA Rookie of the Year award had two goals against the Chargers in Huntsville last month.

Freshman goaltender Roni Salmenkangas played both games in Anchorage. He has a 3.44 goals against average and .883 save percentage in 24 games.

Ferris State 2018-19 Statistics

Series notes:
Overall: Ferris State leads 16-8-1 (first meeting: Oct. 25, 1985).
In Big Rapids: FSU leads 8-3-1.
Trend: UAH leads 5-3-0 over the last three seasons.
Last series: Jan. 4-5, 2019 in Huntsville. FSU won 6-5 in OT, UAH won 4-3 in OT.

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

Friday, Feb. 22
UAH at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
#18 Lake Superior State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#15 Bowling Green at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#4 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

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