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2018-19 season tickets on sale now

Season tickets for the 2018-19 UAH hockey campaign are on sale now.

A lower-level, reserved-seat season ticket costs $199 for 16 home games — 14 WCHA conference games and a non-conference series against Arizona State.

FlexTix packages also return for $99. A FlexTix is a booklet of 10 coupons redeemable at the door for individual game tickets at any home game.

Last year’s season ticket holders and Blue Line Club members received renewal brochures last week. The deadline for same-seat season ticket renewals is September 1.

The Blue Line Club is the booster club of UAH hockey. Blue Line Club memberships start at $1,000 and include season tickets, VIP parking at the Von Braun Center, access to the hospitality room and special events, and a tax deduction.

Season tickets and Blue Line Club memberships can be ordered by mailing in the order form or calling 256-UAH-PUCK. Individual game tickets will be available at a later date.

The Chargers have their opening home series on Oct. 19-20 against Arizona State. Special festivities are being planned to celebrate the 40th season of ice hockey at UAH, which began with the original club team that began play in 1979.

The homecoming series is the following weekend, Oct. 26-27 against Lake Superior State to start WCHA play.

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Hoof Beats: OT rules, All American Scholars highlight July

In case you missed it, here’s a wrap-up of news and notes around UAH and college hockey in July, as the summer off-season drags on.

WCHA gets to keep OT format: The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panels approved a proposal that will allow conferences to use 3-on-3 and shootout formats after the regular 5-on-5 overtime period to award points in league standings.

This allows the WCHA and NCHC to continue its format of the past two seasons. Each conference game is worth three points, and a game is officially a tie if no one scores during the 5-on-5 overtime, with each team getting a league point. A 5-minute, 3-on-3 sudden death overtime period is played, and if the game is still tied, a sudden death shootout determines which team gets a second league point.

Alternatively, conference may use just a shootout without the 3-on-3 period. The Big Ten uses this format.

Neither format can be used for non-conference games. Only the mandatory five-minute, 5-on-5 overtime is allowed, although 20-minute sudden death overtimes can be used for regular-season tournament games that require a winner.

Earlier this summer, a proposal was pushed to eliminate all formats following the 5-on-5 overtime. Eastern leagues (Hockey East, ECAC, Atlantic Hockey) do not have extra overtime procedures for conference games.

Other NCAA rule updates: The panel also approved the following rule changes:

  • Officials can now review video to determine whether a player may be ejected.
  • Slashing has been redefined: “Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, should be penalized as slashing.”
  • A player coming off the ice must be within five feet of the bench before a substituting player hits the ice.
  • Each team will have one timeout in overtime, regardless of whether a team used its timeout in regulation.
  • Teams can now dress up to 19 skaters, up from 18.
  • A player who catches the puck must place it on the ice for play to continue legally. A minor penalty will be assessed if the player conceals or throws the puck after catching it.
  • Coaches must use a challenge to review goals scored where a potential high stick is involved or if the puck might have touched the netting out of play and leads to a goal.

Beaulieu, Teets named All American Scholars: Sophomore forward Austin Beaulieu and junior defenseman John Teets were named Krampade All American Scholars on Monday by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

All American Scholars earned at least a 3.6 grade-point average each semester and played 40 percent of their school’s games last season. Beaulieu and Teets played all 37 games for the Chargers in 2017-18, each scoring three goals and six assists.

Adeniye commits: Ayodele Adeniye announced his commitment to UAH on July 12. The Columbus, Ohio defenseman is expected to join the Chargers in 2019.

Last season, Adeniye had eight points in 33 games for the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 club. He will play for the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), which had current Chargers Andrew Dodson and Connor Merkley and will have UAH commits Peyton Francis and Ryland Mosley.

Neutral Zone has a 3.5-star rating on Adeniye: “[Adeniye] uses his 6’5” frame to defend. Takes good angles and gets sticks on pucks. Hits and hits often. Smart positionally and makes simple outlets. Athletic player with a solid upside. B grade at NHL Cup.”

Schedule changes: Three home games had their start times changed. The Jan. 19 game against Alaska Anchorage will start at 3 p.m., and the Feb. 8-9 series against Northern Michigan will have the puck drop at 6 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Club team schedule released: The re-launched UAH club hockey team released its 2018-19 season schedule on Monday.

The team, which will compete in ACHA Division 3, will play 17 games. The Chargers will play four home games at the Huntsville IcePlex, opening the season on Oct. 26-27 against UAB. UAH will host Middle Tennessee on Feb. 15-16.

Zirnis joins Nanooks as assistant: Alaska is going from one UAH alum to another on its coaching staff. Karlis Zirnis joined the Nanooks as an assistant for first-year head coach Erik Largen.

Zirnis, who scored 119 points for the Chargers from 1999-2003, was most recently the head coach at Shreveport of the NAHL, leading the junior club to the Robertson Cup championship. He coached for his native Latvia at the 2014 and 2015 World championships and at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Alaska had former Charger Lance West as interim head coach last season and as an assistant coach for nine years prior. West joined Mike Corbett’s staff at UAH in June after Alaska hired Largen as head coach.

West returns to UAH as assistant coach

Lance West will be back behind the UAH bench this fall, joining Mike Corbett’s staff as an assistant coach, the school announced Monday.

West was the interim head coach at Alaska last season. He was a finalist to be the permanent head coach, but Alaska hired Erik Largen, who was one of West’s assistants. West was an assistant coach at Alaska under Dallas Ferguson for nine seasons prior.

West played for the Chargers from 1991-95, scoring 113 points in 108 games.

After graduating from UAH in 1995, West served as a volunteer assistant for the Chargers from 1995-1998, when the Chargers captured two Division II national championships. He served as an assistant coach under Doug Ross from 2000 to 2007.

West takes the place of Matt Thomas, who was named director and under-18 coach for the Washington Little Capitals.

Quenneville named club team coach: Mike Quenneville, who played and coached for UAH’s varsity program, will be the head coach of the new club hockey team.

Quenneville was a two-time SECHC and ACHA Div. III Coach of the Year for the club team at Alabama, where he was head coach from 2010-16.

Quenneville played for the Chargers from 1987-89, scoring seven goals and 30 points in 53 games. He was an assistant coach for Doug Ross from 1996-98, during UAH’s two NCAA Division II national championships.

The club team is currently raising funds for its first season this fall.

WCHA gets new streaming deal: The WCHA on Monday announced a multiyear partnership with FloSports to stream every game hosted by a WCHA member institution live and on-demand.

FloSports takes the place of Stretch Internet. To watch WCHA games online, a monthly or annual pro subscription to FloHockey.tv will be required.

Hoof Beats: Teets named Academic All-District; hockey fundraisers set

John Teets

John Teets (UAH Athletics)

John Teets, a junior majoring in finance with a 4.00 GPA, represents UAH on the 2017-18 Academic All-District
Men’s At-Large Team.

The teams are selected by CoSIDA and presented by Google Cloud. Teets made the first team in District 4, which covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot. First- and second-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in June.

Teets played in all 37 games for the Chargers this season, scoring three goals and six assists for nine points. One of the goals was on a shorthanded breakaway that proved to be the game winner in UAH’s 4-2 win at Michigan Tech on Oct. 21. Teets was third on the team in blocks with 48.

Larson transfers: Jordan Larson, who missed most of the 2017-18 season with an injury, is transferring to Lakehead University in Ontario.

Larson, who is from Fort Frances, Ontario, moves closer to home after playing only 10 games and scoring two assists in his sophomore season. As a freshman in 2016-17, he played in all 34 games, scoring four goals and 11 points.

Larson will have three years of eligibility in CIS (the Canadian equivalent of the NCAA) and will pursue a kinesiology degree.

Frenchy Open set: The 2018 Frenchy Open, the biggest summer fundraiser for the UAH hockey program is set for June 23 at RTJ at Hampton Cove.

The golf outing fundraiser is presented by Maynards Capital Services and The Select Group.

Registration is $150 per individual and $600 per team. Hole sponsorship is $100.

Raffle prizes, door prizes, a registration gift, and hole-in-one prizes will be given away.

For more information, contact director of hockey operations Tim Flynn: 256-824-2485 or tim.flynn@uah.edu.

Club team begins fundraising: The UAH club hockey team is trying to raise funds to compete this coming season.

The club, the first at UAH since the original team was upgraded to varsity in 1985, has created a fundraiser at GoFundMe to receive donations.

The funds are needed for  ice rental, uniforms, travel, and other related costs.

Zirnis’s Mudbugs win title: The Shreveport Mudbugs, coached by UAH alumnus Karlis Zirnis, won the Robertson Cup as NAHL champions on Monday.

The Mudbugs defeated the Minot Minotaurs 2-1 in the championship game in Blaine, Minn. The game featured several players committed to WCHA teams.

Zirnis, who scored 119 points in 133 games at UAH from 1999-2003, finished his second season as the Mudbugs’ head coach.

Chargers’ 2018-19 schedule released with 16 home games; season begins Oct. 6

Christian Rajic

Christian Rajic and the Chargers open WCHA play against Lake Superior for Homecoming on Oct. 26-27. (Photo by Todd Thompson)

UAH and the WCHA released their 2018-19 schedules on Wednesday. The Chargers will play their 34th varsity season and 40th overall with 36 regular-season games, with 16 at home.

The schedule is much more balanced in terms of home and away than last season’s, which had two long road trips and two long home stands. In addition to the 28-game WCHA schedule, UAH will play eight non-conference games against six opponents.

UAH starts the season at their closest NCAA opponent, Miami, in Oxford, Ohio, on Oct. 6-7. The Chargers last faced the Redhawks toward the end of the 2011-12 season, and in the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals before that.

UAH visits two more teams from the NCHC in Colorado the following week. First, the Chargers go to Colorado Springs to take on Colorado College on Oct. 12, then visit Denver to play the Pioneers on Oct. 13. UAH head coach Mike Corbett and assistant coach Gavin Morgan are Denver reached the NCAA tournament last season as NCHC tournament champion.

“Once again we have a very tough non-conference schedule,” Corbett said. “We need to be ready to put ourselves in position to help our league with some non-conference wins.”

The Chargers have their home opening series on Oct. 19-20, hosting Arizona State in a non-conference battle of the Sun Belt. Last season, UAH split a series with the Sun Devils in Tempe. ASU, the newest Division I program, is an independent.

Homecoming is the following weekend as UAH faces Lake Superior State to start WCHA play. Michigan Tech, which won the WCHA playoff championship in March, comes to Huntsville on Nov. 2-3 to complete a six-game home stand.

The Chargers make their only trip to Alaska with a visit to Fairbanks on Nov. 16-17. After Thanksgiving, UAH hosts Bowling Green on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, followed by trips to Bemidji State and Michigan Tech heading into the holiday break.

UAH will play in the Catamount Cup at Vermont just before New Year’s. The Chargers will face the host Catamounts on Dec. 28 and NCAA tournament participant Northeastern on Dec. 29. UAH’s only other appearance in the holiday tournament was in the 2009-10 season, when the Chargers finished in third place.

It’s conference play the entire second half of the season. The Chargers begin 2019 hosting Ferris State on Jan. 4-5, then go to Lake Superior State the next week. UAH hosts both Alaska schools to finish off January.

The Chargers will face a tough final stretch. They go to WCHA regular-season champion and NCAA tournament participant Minnesota State on Feb. 1-2, then host WCHA playoff finalist Northern Michigan on Feb. 8-9. After a week off, UAH will need to withstand the Dawg Pound of Ferris State and the Bleacher Creatures of Bowling Green to finish the regular season.

“We have some good rest dates and will have to win some games on the road down the stretch,” Corbett said.

Official releases: UAH | WCHA

2018-19 UAH Hockey Schedule

Home games in bold.
* WCHA game.

Oct. 6-7 at Miami
Oct. 12 at Colorado College
Oct. 13 at Denver
Oct. 19-20 vs. Arizona State
Oct. 26-27 vs. Lake Superior* (Homecoming)
Nov. 2-3 vs. Michigan Tech*
Nov. 16-17 at Alaska*
Dec. 1-2 vs. Bowling Green*
Dec. 7-8 at Bemidji State*
Dec. 14-15 at Michigan Tech*
Dec. 28 at Vermont (Catamount Cup)
Dec. 29 vs. Northeastern (Catamount Cup)
Jan. 4-5 vs. Ferris State*
Jan. 11-12 at Lake Superior*
Jan. 18-19 vs. Alaska Anchorage*
Jan. 25-26 vs. Alaska*
Feb. 1-2 at Minnesota State*
Feb. 8-9 vs. Northern Michigan*
Feb. 22-23 at Ferris State*
March 1-2 at Bowling Green*
March 8-10 WCHA Quarterfinals (best-of-3)
March 15-17 WCHA Semifinals (best-of-3)
March 23 WCHA Championship
March 29-31 NCAA Regionals
April 11 & 13 NCAA Frozen Four (Buffalo)