Preview: UAH at Alaska Anchorage

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Jan 112018
 

Where: Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
When: Friday, 10:07 p.m.; Saturday, 10:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Alaska Anchorage

Charger update: UAH (7-15-2 overall, 6-10-2 WCHA) split the series at Alaska Fairbanks last week, losing 3-2 and winning 3-1. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak.

In the first game, Kurt Gosselin scored his fourth goal of the season and Austin Beaulieu tallied his first, but the Nanooks broke a 2-2 tie with a goal with 55 seconds remaining to prevent Mark Sinclair (21 saves) from getting his first win in his fifth start.

In the finale, Josh Kestner notched his team-leading 15th goal (2nd in the WCHA) and Beaulieu scored again to give UAH a 2-0 lead. Christian Rajic’s empty-net goal with 43 seconds to go sealed the win.

Jordan Uhelski made 35 saves on Saturday, raising his overall save percentage to .911, the second-best in the WCHA this season.

Kestner leads the WCHA for goals in conference play with 13.

The Chargers are in sixth place in the WCHA standings with 21 points, seven points behind fifth-place Michigan Tech.

This is UAH’s last road series of the regular season. The Chargers will have its last four series at home, starting with Bemidji State coming to the VBC on Jan. 26-27.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 15 goals-4 assists-19 points in 24 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 5-11-16 in 22 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7-5-12 in 22 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 8-4-12 in 24 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 4-5-9 in 24 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 2.90 goals against average, .911 save percentage in 19 starts)

About the Seawolves: Alaska Anchorage (1-15-4 overall, 1-10-3 WCHA) has lost eight games in a row and is winless in its last 12. The Seawolves’ lone victory came Nov. 4 at Lake Superior State.

Last week, UAA lost 5-2 and 4-1 to WCHA-leader and seventh-ranked Minnesota State at home. The Seawolves are in last place in the WCHA, 10 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Senior goaltender Olivier Mantha has started all 20 games for the Seawolves this season, posting a 3.43 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Players to watch:
Austin Azurdia (Sr., F, 8-5-13 in 20 GP)
Tad Kozun (Sr., F, 4-7-11 in 20 GP)
Jonah Renouf (Jr., F, 2-8-10 in 15 GP)
Olivier Mantha (Sr., G, 3.43 GAA, .907 SV% in 20 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape
(per game averages)
Alaska Anchorage
7-15-2 Overall record 1-15-4
6-10-2 WCHA record 1-10-3
2.50 (7th) Goals 1.71 (10th)
3.11 (7th) Goals allowed 3.64 (10th)
16.2 (2nd) Penalty minutes 14.4 (4th)
17.6% (5th) Power play 13.2% (9th)
82.6% (6th) Penalty kill 67.2% (10th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

 

Series notes: Alaska Anchorage leads the all-time series 20-8-3, but UAH is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. This includes UAH getting a 5-1 win and a 3-3 tie in Huntsville back in November. UAH is 3-14-0 all-time in Anchorage, but those three wins have come in the last four games there.

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

Friday, Jan. 12
* UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #8 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
#7 North Dakota at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13
* UAH at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Bowling Green at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #8 Minnesota State at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
Bemidji State at #7 North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

Preview: UAH at Alaska

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Jan 042018
 

Where: Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
When: Friday, 10:07 p.m.; Saturday, 10:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Alaska

Josh Kestner

Josh Kestner leads the WCHA in goals in league play. Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography

Charger update: UAH (6-14-2 overall, 5-9-2 WCHA) saw its losing streak extended to five games at Bemidji State last week, losing 3-1 and 4-1.

The Chargers have struggled to score during the skid with only four goals in the last five games. UAH is now in seventh place in the WCHA standings, one point ahead of this week’s opponent, Alaska.

Josh Kestner was UAH’s only goal scorer at Bemidji, getting the lone tally in both games. That boosted his season total to 14, the most in a season by any Charger since Grant Selinger scored 17 in the 2006-07 season. Kestner is second in the WCHA in overall goals, and his 12 goals in WCHA play tops the league.

With 35 career goals, Kestner is tied for ninth in UAH’s modern Division I era. It’s been 11 years since anyone has entered the top 10.

UAH will have Brennan Saulnier, who is tied for second on the team in goals with seven, back in the lineup after his two-game suspension.

Jordan Uhelski was very busy between the pipes, stopping 67 of 73 BSU shots on goal.

UAH goes to Fairbanks directly from Bemidji, and will head directly to Anchorage for next week’s series against the Seawolves. This is the fifth of sixth straight series on the road.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 14 goals-4 assists-18 points in 22 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 5-11-16 in 21 GP)
Brennan Saulnier (Sr., F, 7-4-11 in 20 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 7-4-11 in 22 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 22 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 3.00 goals against average, .907 save percentage in 18 starts)

Lance West

Lance West, who had 113 points as a Charger, fires a shot against the Nanooks in a 1991 game in Huntsville.

About the Nanooks: Alaska (7-11-2 overall, 5-8-1 WCHA) has had the last three weeks off for the holidays. The Nanooks’ last action was Dec. 8-9, sweeping their arch-rival Alaska Anchorage. They have won three of their last four, all on the road.

This weekend will be the first time UAH will face a Division I opponent whose head coach is a Charger alum. Lance West, who was promoted to head coach at Alaska over the summer, played for UAH from 1991-95. West was an assistant at UAF for nine seasons under departing coach Dallas Ferguson.

Justin Woods is tied for fourth among WCHA defensemen in points with 15.

Players to watch:
Kylar Hope (So., F, 8-8-16 in 20 GP)
Justin Woods (Sr., D, 8-7-15 in 20 GP)
Colton Leiter (So., C, 7-8-15 in 19 GP)
Nikolas Koberstein (Jr., D, 1-8-9 in 20 GP, 5th-round pick by Montreal in 2014)
Anton Martinsson (So., G, 3.11 GAA, .893 SV% in 18 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape
(per game averages)
Alaska
6-14-2 Overall record 7-11-2
5-9-2 WCHA record 5-8-1
2.50 (8th) Goals 2.93 (3rd)
3.25 (8th) Goals allowed 3.21 (7th)
16.2 (2nd) Penalty minutes 13.8 (7th)
18.7% (3rd) Power play 9.7% (10th)
81.2% (6th) Penalty kill 80.9% (7th)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

 

Series notes: Alaska leads the all-time series 21-8-2, including a 12-4-0 mark in Fairbanks. The teams played four times last season, with an Alaska win (3-1) and tie (3-3) in Huntsville and a split (UAF 3-0, UAH 4-1) in Fairbanks.

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

Friday, Jan. 5
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #7 Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#13 Boston College vs. Michigan Tech, 7 p.m. (Ice Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas)
Arizona State vs. Northern Michigan, 10:30 p.m. (Ice Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas)

Saturday, Jan. 6
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* #19 Bowling Green at Ferris State, 4:07 p.m.
* Bemidji State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* #7 Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
Arizona State/Northern Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 7 or 10:30 p.m. (Ice Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas)
#13 Boston College/Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan, 7 or 10:30 p.m. (Ice Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas)

Sunday, Jan. 7
* #19 Bowling Green at Ferris State, 2:07 p.m.

Preview: UAH at Bemidji State

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Dec 282017
 

Where: Sanford Center, Bemidji, Minn.
When: Friday, 7:07 p.m.; Saturday, 7:07 p.m. (CST)
Watch: WCHA.tv
Team stats: UAH | Bemidji State

Madison Dunn

Madison Dunn, who has three goals and five assists, leads UAH with a +8 rating. (Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCatPhotography)

Charger update: UAH (6-12-2 overall, 5-7-2 WCHA) was swept at seventh-ranked Minnesota State two weeks ago, falling 5-1 and 3-0. Tyler Poulsen had the lone goal for the series, his fifth of the season.

The Chargers are tied with this week’s opponent, Bemidji State, for sixth in the WCHA standings, with 18 points.

This is the fourth series of six straight on the road. The Chargers will be on the road continuously for the next three weeks, going from Bemidji to Fairbanks to Anchorage.

UAH will be without Brennan Saulnier for this series at Bemidji. Saulnier, who has seven goals this season, was suspended by the WCHA for two games for a contact to the head penalty in the final minute of the second game at Minnesota State.

Players to watch:
Josh Kestner (Sr., F, 12 goals-4 assists-16 points in 20 games played)
Tyler Poulsen (Jr., F, 5-10-15 in 19 GP)
Christian Rajic (Fr., F, 7-4-11 in 20 GP)
Kurt Gosselin (Jr., D, 3-5-8 in 20 GP)
Jordan Uhelski (Sr., G, 3.00 goals against average, .906 save percentage in 16 starts)

UAH Tale of the tape Bemidji State
6-12-2 Overall record 7-6-5
5-7-2 WCHA record 4-4-4
2.71 (T-6th) Goals/game 3.08 (2nd)
3.21 (T-7th) Goals allowed/game 2.75 (5th)
17.3 (1st) Pen. minutes/game 8.2 (10th)
18.6% (4th) Power play 25.0% (2nd)
81.1% (6th) Penalty kill 92.3% (1st)
WCHA rank in parentheses, conference games only

About the Beavers: Bemidji State (7-6-5 overall, 4-4-4 WCHA) is undefeated in its last five games. The Beavers swept Alaska Anchorage at home two weeks ago by scores for 5-1 and 4-0.

It’s been a tougher start than expected for the defending MacNaughton Cup champions. The Beavers, picked to finish second in the media and coaches preseason polls, is tied with UAH for sixth in the WCHA standings.

BSU is led by their senior goaltender, Michael Bitzer. While not posting the All-American numbers from last year, Bitzer still has three shutouts, including his 19th career blank slate against UAA. He was the latest WCHA goaltender of the week.

Senior forward Kyle Bauman leads the Beavers with 19 points, tied for sixth in the WCHA. Junior forward Jay Dickman is tied for fourth in the league with 10 goals after getting his second hat trick of the season against Anchorage.

Players to watch:
Kyle Bauman (Sr., F, 6-13-19)
Gerry Fitzgerald (Sr., F, 4-12-16)
Jay Dickman (Jr., F, 10-4-14)
Myles Fitzgerald (Sr., F, 7-3-10)
Michael Bitzer (Sr. G, 2.41 GAA, .906 SV% in 17 starts)

Series notes: UAH has played Bemidji State 82 times, the most of any opponent. BSU holds the series lead at 47-30-5, with a 26-9-2 record in Bemidji. Last season, the teams split a series in Huntsville, with the Beavers winning 3-2 and the Chargers winning 5-2.

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

Thursday, Dec. 28
#12 Western Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29
UAH at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at #7 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State vs. Robert Morris, 6:30 p.m. (Three Rivers Classic, Pittsburgh)

Saturday, Dec. 30
UAH at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Northern Michigan at #7 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State vs. Arizona State or #11 Providence, 3:30 or 6:30 p.m. (Three Rivers Classic, Pittsburgh)

Monday, Jan. 1
Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech, 1:30 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit)
Bowling Green vs. Michigan, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 2
Michigan State or Michigan Tech vs. Bowling Green, 1:30 or 5 p..m. (Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit)
Bowling Green or Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 1:30 or 5 p.m. (Great Lakes Invitational, Detroit)
Ferris State at USA Under-18 Team, 6:05 p.m.

Preview: UAH at Bowling Green

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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.

Preview: UAH at Northern Michigan

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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.