Aug 012017

Some news and notes regarding current and former Chargers this past month:

Saulnier in Canadiens camp: Senior forward Brennan Saulnier spent the first week of July in the Montreal Canadiens development camp. On the third day, Saulnier had a nice assist.

He also mixed it up with a familiar WCHA opponent: Alaska’s Nikolas Koberstein:

Saulnier’s comment:

Guerriero signs with South Carolina: Goaltender Carmine Guerriero will begin his professional hockey career with the South Carolina Stingrays, the ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

Guerriero played in nine games, starting seven, in his senior season at UAH, posting a 3.77 goals against average and a .872 save percentage. In his Charger career (77 games with 72 starts), he had a .910 save percentage, which was the second highest in UAH’s modern Division I history and fourth all-time. His 3.19 career goals against average was fourth in UAH’s modern Division I history and seventh overall.

Wolitski named Alumnus of Achievement: Former Charger defenseman Sheldon Wolitski was named a UAH’s Alumnus of Achievement. He was to be honored by the UAH Alumni Association on Tuesday, August 1.

Wolitski is the founder and owner of The Select Group, which unites top companies with highly skilled candidates for managed services and contingent staffing and provides specialized IT services. Wolitski, who was on the 1996 NCAA Division II national championship team and is UAH’s all-time leading scorer for defensemen with 113 career points, announced a donation of $500,000 to the program in January.

West named head coach in Fairbanks: UAH alumnus Lance West was promoted to head coach at Alaska after Dallas Ferguson left to lead the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

West was the assistant coach for the Nanooks for the past nine seasons. Before going to Fairbanks, West was an assistant coach for Doug Ross from 2000-07. Last season, Alaska was 12-20-4 overall and 11-13-4 in the WCHA, finishing 6th in the conference. Alaska went 2-1-1 against the Chargers.

West had 113 points (45 goals and 68 assists) in 108 games for the Chargers from 1991-95.

New commitments: The Chargers got two commitments in July.

Josh Astorino of the Georgetown Raiders is expected to join UAH for this season, giving the Chargers a third goaltender along with senior Jordan Uhelski and newcomer Mark Sinclair. Astorino was the Ontario Junior Hockey League goaltender of the year with a 1.93 goals against average and .936 save percentage.

Hank Sorensen, a defenseman of the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, will join the Chargers in 2018-19. He had four goals and 14 points in 41 regular-season games for Waterloo last season.

With the signing period ending Aug. 1, a formal release of signees for the 2017-18 season is expected soon.

Feb 082017

The 2017 seniors: Cody Marooney, Regan Soquila, Carmine Guerriero, Brent Fletcher, Matt Larose, Brandon Carlson (who played his final game on Nov. 19), Matt Salhany. Photo by UAH Athletics/Doug Eagan

Six will be playing their final games at the Von Braun Center as UAH Chargers this weekend. They will be honored before Saturday afternoon’s game against Bemidji State.

Captain Brent Fletcher (New Westminster, British Columbia) has ten goals and 24 points in his UAH career. He is a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete and member of the WCHA All-Academic Team.

Carmine Guerriero (Montreal, Quebec) is second in UAH’s modern Division I era and fourth all-time with a .911 career save percentage entering this weekend. His career goals against average of 3.16 is fourth in UAH’s modern D-I era and seventh all-time. Guerriero set the single-game WCHA record for saves with 76 against Michigan Tech in the 2015 WCHA quarterfinals.

Matt Larose (Nanaimo, British Columbia) has a career .896 save percentage and 3.93 goals against average in 55 games played. He was the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week twice (including this season back in October). He has been named to the WCHA All-Academic Team three times.

Cody Marooney (Chaska, Minn.) has 10 goals and 19 points in 126 games at UAH. He is a two-time WCHA Player of the Week.

Matt Salhany (Warwick, R.I.) is currently tied for fourth in career games played as a Charger with 133. The speedy left wing has 16 goals and 41 points in his college career.

Regan Soquila (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) has six goals and 14 points in 98 games as a Charger. The left wing is a three-time member of the WCHA All-Academic Team.

A seventh senior, Brandon Carlson, finished his eligibility early and was honored in his final game on Nov. 19.

Fletcher nears games played record: Fletcher is close to playing more games in a Charger uniform than anyone in UAH history.

Fletcher has played 135 games at UAH, two shy of the record set by Joel Bresciani, who played 137 from 1999-2003. Fletcher is tied with Jason Hawes for second all-time.

Salhany has played 133 games, tied with Jared Ross, Karlis Zirnis, and Craig Bushey for fourth all-time.

Beavers could clinch: Bemidji State could win the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champions in Huntsville this weekend.

With a 10-point lead over second-place Michigan Tech with four games remaining, the Beavers need only one win over UAH to win the title.

If UAH sweeps BSU, the Beavers can still clinch if Michigan Tech loses either game at home to Ferris State this weekend.

The Chargers currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot, two points behind Ferris State and Lake Superior State for sixth place and two points ahead of Northern Michigan in ninth.

Weekend promotions: The first 500 fans at Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Bemidji State will receive a free cell phone wallet courtesy of Martinson & Beason, P.C. Saturday’s 3 p.m. game will be the final UAH hockey trading card giveaway courtesy of Colonial Printing.

All kids 12 and under get free general admission courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

Blue Line Club lunch: The final Blue Line Club lunch of the season will be Friday at noon in the Varsity Room at Spragins Hall. Terranova’s will be catering and the special guest speaker will be Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore. UAH head coach Mike Corbett will follow and also speak to the group about this weekend’s series.

Dec 122016
Brandon Parker (UAH Athletics)

Brandon Parker (UAH Athletics)

After scoring two goals to lead the Chargers of a road sweep at Northern Michigan, Brandon Parker was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

On Friday, Parker scored from just inside the blue line in what would be the game-winning goal in UAH’s 4-1 victory. On Saturday, he put the finishing touches on a 3-1 win with the final goal with 4:07 left in the contest.

Parker added an assist on Friday for a three-point weekend. He has scored goals in three straight games and in four of the last five. The Faribault, Minnesota native was +3 on the weekend and blocked two shots.

It is the fourth time this season a Charger has earned the WCHA Defensive Player Award. Kurt Gosselin won it last week for the second time, and Matt Larose won the first award of the season.

UAH next plays in the first round of the Mariucci Classic at Minnesota against Massachusetts on Dec. 30. The Chargers return home Jan. 6-7 against Minnesota State.

Dec 052016
Kurt Gosselin (Photo by UAH Athletics)

Kurt Gosselin (Photo by UAH Athletics)

UAH sophomore defenseman Kurt Gosselin was named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against Ferris State.

Gosselin scored a hat trick in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Bulldogs at the Von Braun Center. It was UAH’s first hat trick since 1998 and the first hat trick by a UAH defenseman since 1999.

Gosselin was +2 for the weekend and blocked one shot. He leads the Chargers and all WCHA defenseman with seven goals this season, and is tied for the UAH lead with 13 points.

It’s Gosselin’s second WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award this season, the first coming in November for his two-goal performance against Alaska Anchorage.

UAH’s next action is Friday and Saturday at Northern Michigan.

Nov 072016
Kurt Gosselin

Kurt Gosselin

The Chargers’ Kurt Gosselin was named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performances in UAH’s series sweep at Alaska Anchorage.

The sophomore from Brighton, Michigan scored the Chargers’ final goal in their 5-2 victory on Friday, and the second goal in their 3-2 overtime win on Saturday. Gosselin served the primary assist on Matt Salhany’s winning goal in overtime.

Defensively, Gosselin was +2 for the weekend.

Military Appreciation Weekend: 
The Chargers return home this Veteran’s Day weekend to face Alaska for Military Appreciation Weekend.

All current and former servicemen and women can get free general admission to both games. Puck drop is 7:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights.

On Friday, the first 500 fans receive free camo rally towels, courtesy of UAH Research & Economic Development.

Other promotions this weekend include the first 500 fans getting a free set of UAH hockey trading cards, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Kids 12 and under get free general admission all season courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

Home for a while: After playing five of their first six series on the road, the Chargers look forward to avoiding bus and plane rides for a month.

This weekend’s series against Alaska is the first of three home series over the next four weeks, and UAH will be off during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Chargers host WCHA preseason favorite Bowling Green on Nov. 18-19, followed by Ferris State, whom the Chargers swept in Michigan to start the season, on Dec. 3-4.

UAH now has more home games left in the season (12) than away/neutral contests (10).

Blue Line Club luncheon: The Chargers returning home means another Blue Line Club luncheon, which takes place Friday at noon in the Varsity Room at Spragins Hall on the UAH campus.

This week’s guest is Alaska head coach Dallas Ferguson. He and UAH coach Mike Corbett will discuss this weekend’s series.

Lawlers Barbecue will be catering.

Best result in Alaska: UAH earned its first-ever on-ice sweep not only in Anchorage, but in all the state of Alaska.

The Chargers have never swept a series in Fairbanks as it happened. Technically UAH swept UAF in Fairbanks in 1991, but UAF actually won one of those games and later forfeited it for using an ineligible player.

UAH is now 3-11-0 all time in Anchorage, with all three wins over the Seawolves coming in the last two seasons.

The Chargers make their second trip to Alaska this season on Feb. 3-4, when they go to Fairbanks to face the Nanooks.