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.

May 192016

The WCHA released the league’s 2016-17 composite schedule on Thursday, and UAH revealed the Chargers’ full schedule right after.

UAH will play 34 regular-season games in 2016-17, including the 28-game conference slate. UAH will host 14 games — all WCHA contests — at the Von Braun Center.

The Chargers hit the road a lot in October, including the first three weeks when the season. It all begins in Big Rapids, Mich., with a WCHA series at Ferris State on Oct. 1-2.

Then comes a return trip to Connecticut on Oct. 8-9. UAH split the first series of last season with the Huskies in Huntsville by a pair of 5-2 scores.

UAH heads to Houghton for the first time since its 2015 WCHA playoff series to face Michigan Tech. The Chargers finally get their home opening series on October 21 and 22 against Lake Superior State.

The Chargers’ second non-conference series is at St. Cloud State, last season’s NCHC tournament champions, to finish off October.

UAH goes to Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 4-5, the first of two trips to Alaska this season. Then the Chargers spend three of the next four weeks at home, hosting Alaska Fairbanks (Nov. 11-12), Bowling Green (Nov. 18-19), and Ferris State (Dec. 3-4). Thanksgiving weekend will be UAH’s first off week after playing each of the first eight weeks of the season.

The Chargers get two more off weeks after a trip to Northern Michigan on Dec. 9-10, before spending New Year’s in Minneapolis at the Mariucci Classic. UAH’s opening opponent is to be announced, but besides host Minnesota, Massachusetts and Mercyhurst are scheduled to participate. UAH last appeared in the Mariucci in 2012.

Only 12 regular-season games take place in the second half of the season, half at home. UAH hosts MacNaughton Cup co-champions Minnesota State (Jan. 6-7) and Michigan Tech (Jan. 27-28), and rival Bemidji State (Feb. 10-11) to finish the home slate.

On Tuesday, the WCHA announced a new postseason format. The top eight teams qualify for the WCHA Playoffs, which begin with best-of-three quarterfinal series at the top four seeds. The top two remaining seeds will host best-of-three semifinal series, and the WCHA Championship will be decided in a single game played at the highest remaining seed.

Season ticket and Blue Line Club information will be released over the summer. For more information, call 256-UAH-PUCK.

Here is the 2016-17 UAH Charger hockey schedule. Home games are in bold. Games start at 7 p.m., except for Dec. 4 and Feb. 11, which start at 3 p.m.

Oct. 1-2 – Ferris State*
Oct. 7-8 – Connecticut
Oct. 14-15 – Michigan Tech*
Oct. 21-22Lake Superior State*
Oct. 28-29 – St. Cloud State
Nov. 4-5 – Alaska Anchorage*
Nov. 11-12Alaska*
Nov. 18-19Bowling Green*
Dec. 3-4Ferris State*
Dec. 9-10 – Northern Michigan*
Dec. 30-31 – Mariucci Classic at Minneapolis (Minnesota, UMass, Mercyhurst)
Jan. 6-7Minnesota State*
Jan. 20-21 – Lake Superior State*
Jan. 27-28Michigan Tech*
Feb. 3-4 – Alaska*
Feb. 10-11Bemidji State*
Feb. 24-25 – Bowling Green*

March 3-5 – WCHA Quarterfinals (best-of-3 at higher seeds)
March 10-12 – WCHA Semifinals (best-of-3 at higher seeds)
March 18 – WCHA Championship (at higher seed)
March 24-26 – NCAA Tournament Regionals
April 6-8 – NCAA Frozen Four (Chicago)