Oct 262017
 

Where: Lynah Rink, Ithaca, N.Y.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 p.m. (CDT)
Watch: Ivy League Network

Jordan Uhelski

Charger update: UAH (1-3-0 overall, WCHA 1-1-0) earned a split at Michigan Tech in its first WCHA series of the season last week. After losing 5-4 in game one, the Chargers beat the Huskies for the first time ever by a 4-2 score in the second game.

UAH’s special teams were the story in Houghton. After going 1-for-10 at Notre Dame to start the season, the Charger power play went 4-for-7 at Michigan Tech, boosting its season efficiency to 29.4 percent. The penalty kill, which struggled in the first game, came up big in the victory, keeping MTU off the scoreboard in its eight power plays.

Josh Kestner scored two goals and one assist in the series, giving him five points for the season to lead the team. Kurt Gosselin also had a three-point weekend, helping him get WCHA Defensive Player of the Week along with his six blocked shots. Tyler Poulsen scored his third goal of the season on Friday.

Jordan Uhelski played both games between the pipes and made 74 saves, the most in the NCAA for the week. He lifted his save percentage to .908 on the season to go with his 3.69 goals against average in three starts.

About the Big Red: Cornell was 21-9-5 overall in 2016-17, finishing third in the ECAC with a 13-4-5 league record. The Big Red reached the ECAC championship game (losing to Harvard) and the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals (losing to UMass Lowell).

Cornell is predicted to finish third again in this season’s ECAC preseason media and coaches’ polls behind Harvard and Quinnipiac.

The Big Red, who have six NHL draft picks, return the core of their offense from last season, led by junior co-captain and All-Ivy League selection Mitch Vanderlaan.

The biggest question for Cornell may be its goaltending, which belonged to the graduated Mitch Gillam for the last three seasons. Hayden Stewart is the Big Red’s lone returning netminder, having only two games played last season (.947 save percentage, 1.35 goals against average).

Players to watch:
Mitch Vanderlaan (Jr., F, 15 goals-13 assists-28 points in 2016-17)
Trevor Yates (Sr., F, 12-10-22 in 2016-17)
Anthony Angello (Jr., F, 12-8-20 in 2016-17)
Yanni Kaldis (So., D, 1-13-14 in 2016-17)
Morgan Barron (Fr., F, 6th-round pick by New York Rangers)

Series notes: Cornell leads the all-time series 3-0-1, with two series played in Ithaca in 2001 and 2010. UAH tied Cornell 2-2 in the last meeting on Dec. 4, 2010.

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

Friday, Oct. 27
UAH at Cornell, 6 p.m.
* Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
* Ferris State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* #16 Michigan Tech at #12 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Michigan State, 6:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
UAH at Cornell, 6 p.m.
* Alaska at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* #16 Michigan Tech at #12 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Michigan State, 6:05 p.m.

* WCHA conference game.

Oct 192017
 

Where: MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, Mich.
When: Friday, 6:07 p.m.; Saturday, 6:07 p.m. (CDT)
Watch: WCHA.tv

Tyler Poulsen (Photo by UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger update: UAH (0-2-0 overall, WCHA 0-0-0) spent last week off. The Chargers were swept at then-No. 8 Notre Dame two weeks ago to start the season.

Tyler Poulsen scored twice to lead the Chargers in their opening 5-3 loss on Oct. 6. UAH mounted an upset attempt with a 3-2 lead in the second period, but could not hold on. Josh Kestner had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Uhelski stopped 35 of 39 shots.

The Chargers were shut out 4-0 in the second game despite outshooting the Irish 34-31. Mark Sinclair made 27 saves in his first collegiate start in net.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA rank)
Michigan Tech
0-2-0 Overall record 3-1-1
0-0-0 WCHA record 1-0-1
1.50 (T8th) Goals/game 3.60 (1st)
4.50 (10th) Goals allowed/game 2.80 (5th)
10.0 (7th) Pen. minutes/game 6.8 (10th)
10.0% (8th) Power play 38.1% (1st)
66.7% (10th) Penalty kill 75.0% (T6th)

About the Huskies: Michigan Tech (3-1-1 overall, 1-0-1 WCHA) is undefeated in its last four since opening the season with a loss at Wisconsin.  The Huskies beat No. 16 Union 4-3 and No. 6 Minnesota Duluth 4-3 to win the Ice Breaker Tournament, then opened their WCHA schedule with a win and tie (shootout win) at Lake Superior State last week.

MTU has moved up to No. 15 in the USCHO.com poll. The Huskies were picked to finish third in the WCHA in both the coaches’ and media preseason polls.

Sophomore defenseman Mitch Reinke picked up three assists last week against Lake Superior, and Gavin Gould picked up a couple of goals.

Players to watch:
Mark Auk (Sr., D, 2 goals-4 assists-6 points in 2017-18)
Joel L’Esperance (Sr., F, 4-1-5)
Mitch Reinke (So., D, 0-5-5)
Patrick Munson (Jr., G, 2.77 GAA, .907 SV%)

Series notes: UAH has never beaten Michigan Tech in 14 tries (0-12-2). The Chargers finally got a couple of points off the Huskies last season with two ties in the four meetings. In Houghton, UAH lost 7-3 and tied 1-1 (with MTU getting a point in the 3-on-3 overtime). In Huntsville, UAH lost 5-2 and tied 4-4 (with MTU getting a point for winning the shootout). UAH is 0-7-1 in Houghton.

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

Friday, Oct. 20
* UAH at #15 Michgan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Minnesota State at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m.
Ferris State at Mercyhurst, 6:05 p.m.
#20 Air Force at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
#6 Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan at Green Bay, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #1 Denver, 8:05 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m. (non-conference)

Saturday, Oct. 21
* UAH at #15 Michgan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* #14 Minnesota State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
Ferris State at Mercyhurst, 1:35 p.m.
#6 Wisconsin vs. Northern Michigan at Green Bay, 5:07 p.m.
#20 Air Force at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at #1 Denver, 8:05 p.m.
Alaska Anchorage at Alaska, 10:07 p.m. (non-conference)

* WCHA conference game.

Oct 052017
 

Where: Compton Family Ice Arena, Notre Dame, Ind.
When: Friday, 6:35 p.m.; Saturday, 6:05 p.m. (CDT)
Watch: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Chicago+

Charger update: UAH begins its 39th hockey season (33rd as varsity) looking to improve its record for a fourth straight year and get back into the WCHA playoffs. This series at Notre Dame will be the first of four road trips to start the season.

Huntsville senior Josh Kestner returns as UAH’s leading scorer from last year (9 goals-13 assists-22 points), and he’s expected to be the go-to guy to spark the Chargers’ offense, especially with Max McHugh (8-11-19) out with an injury for the time being.

Head coach Mike Corbett says the Chargers will be relying on an improved defensive corps, led by Kurt Gosselin (9-9-18), Cam Knight (3-16-19), and Brandon Parker (6-9-15). Jordan Uhelski is expected to be the starter in net (2.78 goals against average, .906 save percentage).

Friday will be UAH’s 1,000th varsity game.

About the Fighting Irish: Notre Dame reached the Frozen Four last spring, falling to eventual national champion Denver. The Irish compiled a 23-12-5 overall record and a 12-6-4 record in its final season in Hockey East, reaching the tournament’s semifinals.

Now Notre Dame is in the Big Ten as an affiliate member for hockey only. The Irish were picked to finish second in their now seven-team league by the Big Ten coaches. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today preseason polls.

Last week, Notre Dame defeated the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team 3-2 in a preseason exhibition.

Players to watch:
Andrew Oglevie (Jr., F, 21 goals-20 assists-41 points in 2016-17)
Jake Evans (Sr., F, 13-29-42 in 2016-17)
Jordan Gross (Sr., D, 10-22-32 in 2016-17)
Dylan St. Cyr (Fr., G, 2.74 GAA, .896 SV% with U.S. NTDP U-18 team in 2016-17)

Series notes: Notre Dame leads 10-6-0 since UAH became a varsity program in 1985. The last meeting was Jan. 10-11, 2014, at Notre Dame, with the Irish winning 7-1 and 5-0. UAH’s last win was 3-2 on Oct. 9, 2009, when Notre Dame was ranked No. 5. The Irish have won eight of the last nine meetings, including the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals, 3-2 in double overtime.

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

Friday, Oct. 6
UAH at #8 Notre Dame, 6:35 p.m.
#16 Union vs. Michigan Tech, 4:07 p.m. (Ice Breaker at Duluth, Minn.)
Ferris State at #20 Western Michigan, 6:05 p.m.
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
#7 North Dakota at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#17 Air Force at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
USA Under-18 Team at Bowling Green, 6:37 p.m. (exhibition)

Saturday, Oct. 7
UAH at #8 Notre Dame, 6:05 p.m.
#3 Minnesota/#6 Minn Duluth vs. Michigan Tech, 4:07/7:37 p.m. (Ice Breaker at Duluth, Minn.)
#20 Western Michigan at Ferris State, 6:07 p.m.
Lake Superior State at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
#9 St. Cloud State at #18 Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m.
#7 North Dakota at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#17 Air Force at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.

Feb 232017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Feb. 24, 6:07 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 6:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Bowling Green

In the hunt for a berth in the WCHA playoffs, the Chargers head to Ohio to finish the regular season at Bowling Green.

UAH is in ninth place in the WCHA standings, one point behind Northern Michigan for the final conference playoff spot. They’ll need points against the Falcons and some help.

All-time series: Bowling Green leads the series 19-4-1, including a 9-1-1 mark at home.

Back in November, the Falcons swept the Chargers in Huntsville by scores of 4-1 and 8-3, but the games were closer than the scores indicate. The first game was a one-goal affair until BG scored with less than two minutes to go and then added an empty-netter. UAH had the lead going into the third in the second game and was down only one halfway through the third before the Falcons again added another late goal and empty-netter (plus two garbage goals afterward).

Cam Knight has 16 assists this season. (Photo by UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan)

Charger recap: UAH (9-20-3 overall, 9-14-3 WCHA) was idle last week. Two weeks ago, the Chargers split with Bemidji State to finish out their home schedule, losing 3-2 and winning 5-2. Tyler Poulsen scored twice in the win.

The Chargers have started to play better, going 2-2-1 after a seven-game losing streak that has them fighting to stay in the playoff chase.

Kurt Gosselin, who is tied for the team lead with nine goals, did not suit up against Bemidji. He has missed the last three games due to concussion like symptoms.

Cam Knight has 16 assists on the season, the most by a Charger since Brandon Roshko had 17 in the 2007-08 season. Knight has helpers in his last three games and five of his last seven.

Senior captain Brent Fletcher is set to break the school record for most games played this weekend. He is tied with Joel Bresciani, who played 137 games as a Charger from 1999-2003.

Junior goaltender Jordan Uhelski has a 2.82 goals against average and .904 save percentage. In the finale against Bemidji State, senior Carmine Guerriero replaced Uhelski in the second period and stopped all 23 shots he faced.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Bowling Green
9-20-3 Overall record 15-17-2
9-14-3-0
(30 pts, 9th)
WCHA record 12-13-1-1
(38 pts, T4th)
2.62 (T6th) Goals/game 2.69 (5th)
3.31 (10th) Goals allowed/game 2.50 (T3rd)
14.8 (6th) Pen. minutes/game 14.9 (5th)
14.6% (5th) Power play 12.9% (8th)
77.6% (10th) Penalty kill 85.6% (4st)

About the Falcons: Bowling Green (15-17-2 overall, 12-13-1 WCHA) played a non-conference game at home, beating Mercyhurst 3-0.

The Falcons haven’t played a conference game in three weeks, when they were swept and double shut out by Atte Tolvanen and Northern Michigan (3-0 and 2-0). BG has been shut out in three straight conference games.

Bowling Green is tied with Ferris State for fourth place in the WCHA standings. The Falcons have already clinched a playoff berth, looking to secure home ice in the first round.

Mitchell McClain, Bowling Green’s top scorer, has 16 goals (2nd in the WCHA) and 28 points (6th), but has been kept off the scoresheet in his last six games. He had a hat trick against UAH on Nov. 19.

Tyler Spezia, who scored a goal in each win against the Chargers in November, is second on the Falcons with 22 points. Chris Dufour also had two goals against UAH earlier and has 10 goals on the season.

Junior goaltender Chris Nell has a 2.35 goals against average and .902 save percentage in 26 starts this season.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, February 24
* UAH at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:37 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 25
* UAH at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.
* Ferris State at Lake Superior State, 6:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Alaska at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Feb 022017
 
CATCHING THE GAMES
Friday, Feb. 3, 10:07 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:07 p.m.
Season stats: UAH | Alaska

The Chargers look to improve their playoff position all the way in Fairbanks, Alaska, where they’ll face Alaska. Puck drop against the Nanooks is at 10:07 p.m. Central (7:07 Alaska) Friday and Saturday nights.

UAH is in eighth place in the WCHA standings, the last playoff spot. Alaska is in seventh, just three points ahead of the Chargers.

All-time series: UAH is 7-20-2 against Alaska, with a 3-11-0 record in Fairbanks. The Chargers have not been in Fairbanks since December 12-13, 2014, losing twice.

The teams met in Huntsville back in November. In the first game, UAH scored twice in the first 2:24 and mounted a 3-0 lead, but Alaska rallied for a 3-3 tie and the second WCHA point in the 3-on-3 overtime. The Nanooks won the second game 3-1 to take five of six points in the series.

Kurt Gosselin had 3 points in UAH’s 4-4 tie against Michigan Tech last Saturday. (UAH Athletics)

Charger recap: UAH (7-18-3 overall, 7-12-3 WCHA) finally ended its losing streak at seven games with a 4-4 tie Saturday against Michigan Tech, which took the second WCHA point in a 9-round shootout. But the Chargers still haven’t won since Dec. 10. Tech won the first game of the series 5-2 last Friday.

Sophomore defenseman Kurt Gosselin took the team lead in goals on Saturday with his ninth of the season, and he added two assists to give him 18 points on the season. He only trails Josh Kestner, who has 21 points after notching his 13th assist last Friday. Kestner is 10th in the WCHA in points and assists.

Max McHugh has 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. He and fellow junior Brandon Parker, who had three assists against the Huskies last weekend, are expected to play their 100th career games as Chargers in Fairbanks.

Jordan Uhelski made 31 saves in the 4-4 tie on Saturday in his 15th start and 18th game of the season. Matt Larose played last Friday for his first action since October, and he and fellow senior Carmine Guerriero have each played in seven games this season.

UAH Tale of the tape
(WCHA games only)
Alaska
7-18-3 Overall record 8-15-3
7-12-3-0
(24 pts, 8th)
WCHA record 7-10-3-3
(27 pts, 7th)
2.59 (6th) Goals/game 2.50 (8th)
3.50 (10th) Goals allowed/game 3.30 (9th)
15.1 (6th) Pen. minutes/game 17.9 (2nd)
15.0% (5th) Power play 15.8% (4th)
77.3% (10th) Penalty kill 82.9% (8th)

About the Nanooks: Alaska (8-15-3 overall, 7-10-3 WCHA) is just ahead of UAH in the WCHA standings, separated by just three points. The Nanooks were off last week after splitting a series at Bowling Green. They are 2-1-1 in their last four, all on the road.

Senior right wing Marcus Basara has eight goals and 18 points to lead the Nanooks in both categories. He had a goal and an assist in the 3-3 tie in Huntsville.

Sophomore Chad Staley had the game-winning goal against the Chargers in Alaska’s win, and is second with 15 points.  Junior defenseman Zach Frye also has 15 points, with 11 assists — two of them against UAH from earlier this season — to lead the club.

Goaltending duties have been split with sophomore Jesse Jenks (3.35 goals against average, .890 save percentage) and senior David Jones (3.17, .904). Jones has started UAF’s last four games, stopping 138 of 146 shots.

Around the WCHA: All times Central. Games featuring WCHA teams at home can be seen on WCHA.tv.

Friday, February 3
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #20 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.

Saturday, February 4
* UAH at Alaska, 10:07 p.m.
* Northern Michigan at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #20 Michigan Tech at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.