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Chargers find scoring, but fall 6-5 in OT

The 2018-19 season continues to find new ways to bite the Chargers.

Dominic Lutz scored 56 seconds into overtime to lift Ferris State to a 6-5 victory over UAH at the Von Braun Center on Friday.

The five goals were a season high for UAH (3-18-0 overall, 3-10-0 WCHA), who fell to 1-9-0 in one-goal games this season, though most of them of the 2-1 variety.

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Ferris State (6-14-1, 3-9-1) moved ahead of the Chargers for eighth place in the WCHA standings. UAH will try to return the favor Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Propst Arena.

The Bulldogs fired the first six shots on goal in an early game flurry before the Chargers finally cooled things down.

But Ferris State would strike first on a 3-on-1 break following a turnover, as Jacob Hetz beat Mark Sinclair from the left side with 5:15 left in the first period.

Sinclair couldn’t do much to stop that one, but was up to the task on 14 other FSU shots in the period. UAH was able to step it up thanks to a power play, but still ended up empty by intermission.

It was an off night for Sinclair overall, however, as the sophomore allowed a season-high-tying six goals to making 29 saves.

Things really opened up in the second period, with each team scoring three times.

UAH tied the game up at 1-1 at 4:43. Hans Gorowsky stole the puck in the offensive zone and drove through the slot toward FSU goaltender Roni Salmenkangas’s right. Just before reaching the goal line, Gorowsky deflected the puck off Salmenkangas’s skate and in for his second goal of the season.

Nate Kallen regained the lead for Ferris State with a five-hole goal at the 7:42 mark.

The Chargers equalized again at 2-2 at 10:38. On a 3-on-1 break, John Teets’s shot was stopped by Salmenkangas, but the rebound was knocked in mid-air by Bauer Neudecker. It’s the fourth goal of the season for the freshman.

FSU took the lead for the third time just 16 seconds later when Coale Norris beat Sinclair on a breakaway.

UAH then tied the game for the third time with 5:28 left in the second period. During a delayed penalty, Adam Wilcox tipped Kurt Gosselin’s shot through traffic for a 3-3 game.

It was Wilcox’s first goal of the season. Gosselin, playing in his first game since Oct. 27 after being out with a broken hand, got his third assist, and Jesper Ohrvall got his seventh helper.

The Bulldogs had the lead yet a fourth time when Lutz scored from the high slot with 59 seconds left in the period.

UAH tied it up for yet a fourth time at 5:39 of the third period. Brandon Salerno breaks away and tucks the puck around a sprawling Salmenkangas for his third goal of the season. Ohrvall and Andrew Dodson with the assists.

This time, the Chargers would not give the lead back. Thirty-six seconds later, UAH took its first lead at 5-4 when Austin Beaulieu finished a tic-tac-toe goal with Christian Rajic and Gorowsky.

Ferris State answered with 8:52 left in regulation, when Jake Transit scored from the right circle without an assist to tie the game at 5-5.

Salerno thought he had won the game for the Chargers with about 49 seconds left in regulation. The goal light had gone on but the officials quickly waved it off, allowing play to continue to the end of the third period. Video review confirmed the call.

Lutz then scored his second goal of the game in overtime to take the win for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State outshot UAH 35-30 for the game. Salmenkangas finished with 25 saves.

Three Stars:
1. Dominic Lutz, FSU (2 goals, 1 assist, GWG in OT)
2. Hans Gorowsky, UAH (1 goal, 1 assist)
3. Jesper Ohrvall, UAH (2 assists)

Photo: Brandon Salerno scores his second period goal. Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography

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Theut kept busy by former team in loss to Northeastern

Jake Theut did all he could to keep his former team at bay, but the Chargers didn’t have anything else for 11th-ranked Northeastern.

Theut, a graduate transfer from Northeastern, made 41 saves in UAH’s 2-0 loss to the Huskies on Saturday in the second game of the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. It was the fourth time in eight starts this season Theut has made 40 or more saves.

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The Chargers (3-17-0) couldn’t do much to support Theut, getting shut out for the fifth time this season. Northeastern (12-3-1) outshot UAH by a 43-13 margin in winning its eighth straight game.

Northeastern couldn’t score on an early power play, but took advantage of a tired Charger team pinned in their own end not long after. Matt Filipe found the net from an odd angle in the right circle at the 6:19 mark for a 1-0 Husky lead.

The Huskies would get 10 shots on goal before the Chargers got their first, a Dayne Finnson shot from just inside the blue line. UAH would manage just three shots on goal in the opening frame.

Theut would keep the Chargers in the game throughout the second period, when he stopped another 11 shots. UAH would get a little more offensive with six shots on goal in the period, but was still scoreless.

The pucks came coming toward the UAH net in the third period, and Northeastern finally scored its second goal with 9:23 remaining as Austin Plevy’s deflection right in front of Theut found the back of the net.

The Chargers have finished the non-conference schedule and will host Ferris State for WCHA play at the Von Braun Center next Friday and Saturday.

File photo of Jake Theut by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography

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Chargers can’t overcome mistakes, Catamounts

Critical turnovers cost the Chargers on Friday in their 4-1 loss to Vermont in the opening round of the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt.

UAH (3-16-0) will play Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Huskies beat RPI 3-2 in overtime in the first game on Friday.

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Vermont outshot the Chargers 33-15 in improving to 6-8-1.

There was no scoring in the first period, but Vermont did win the possession battle, outshooting the Chargers 10-3 with a couple of crossbars hit.

UAH also lost forward Christian Rajic, who was hit hard while taking a shot. He was immediately attended to by trainers on a stoppage of play and did not return.

Vermont took a 1-0 lead at the 3:41 mark in the second period on a bad UAH turnover near the Charger net. Joey Cipollone slipped the puck between Mark Sinclair’s legs in the ensuing scramble.

Another UAH turnover led to a 2-0 Vermont advantage with 2:09 left in the period. Ace Cowans buried a centering pass in the slot from Craig Puffer.

The Catamounts rolled to eight quick shots on goal early in the third period, and eventually took a 3-0 lead with 12:25 left. This time, Sinclair let in a rare soft goal, as Vlad Dzhioshvili’s shot hit his glove but trickled in anyway.

UAH got on the board with 8:31 to go when Bauer Neudecker scored on a wrister for his third goal of the season. Jack Jeffers and Andrew Dodson got the assists.

Vermont finished the game with an empty-net goal by Matt O’Donnell with 12.6 seconds to go.

Sinclair finished with 29 saves. His Catamount counterpart, Stefanos Lekkas, stopped 14 of 15 shots.

File photo of Bauer Neudecker by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography. 

Huskies break through to edge UAH in overtime

UAH couldn’t hold off the Huskies forever.

Michigan Tech, whose potent offense was shut out Friday, scored early in the third period and early in overtime to defeat the Chargers 2-1 on Saturday in Houghton to force a series split.

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Greyson Reitmeier scored the game-winner 1:11 into overtime for the Huskies (10-7-1 overall, 9-2-1 WCHA), who moved into first place in the WCHA standings ahead of Minnesota State. UAH fell to 3-15-0 overall and 3-8-0 in WCHA play.

The loss overshadowed another brilliant performance by UAH goaltender Mark Sinclair, who was busy again with another 35 saves. Along with the 39-save shutout Friday, Sinclair stopped 74 of 76 Michigan Tech shots.

The Chargers scored first again at the 9:39 mark, at approximately the same time they scored the only goal of the game on Friday.

Jack Jeffers got a steal near center ice, and sent it to Bauer Neudecker on the right for a 2-on-1 break. Neudecker centered the puck back to Jeffers in the slot, who softly deflected it over Robbie Beydoun for his fifth goal of the season.

After that the rest of the period was mostly in the UAH end. The Huskies fired 15 shots on Sinclair in the frame, but the sophomore had great glove work to limit rebounds and second chance opportunities.

There was no scoring in the second period this time, either. It was another frustrating period for Tech, who spent the bulk of the period in the UAH zone again. The best scoring chances came for UAH during and after their first power play, which didn’t come until 3:19 left in the second.

As an example of the puck luck the Chargers had been getting in this series, a Husky shot early in the second hit Sinclair and bounced over him. He put his glove behind his back and the puck went off his glove and wide. The puck then landed and sat just outside the crease before the Chargers finally cleared it.

However, Michigan Tech would finally break through on the power play early in the third period. Tommy Parrottino took a nifty feed from Colin Swoyer and beat Sinclair to snap their scoring drought and tie the game at 1-1 at the 3:15 mark.

UAH actually was able to get some consistent puck possession in the third period, although it did not lead to any more goals. And in the end, the Charger offense could not do much being outshot 37-15 for the game and 76-32 for the series.

The Chargers had one last big chance with a power play with 2:55 left in regulation when Swoyer committed an interference penalty, but Beydoun, who finished with 14 saves, also would not allow second chances.

In overtime, Reitmeier tipped in the winning goal on an Alec Broetzman shot.

The Chargers’ next action is at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt., where they will take on host Vermont on Dec. 28 and Northeaster on Dec. 29 to finish non-conference play. The next WCHA series is Jan. 4-5 against Ferris State at the Von Braun Center.

 

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Sinclair stops 39 as UAH shuts out Michigan Tech

Mark Sinclair is developing into one of the top goaltenders in the WCHA.

The sophomore stopped all 39 shots he faced, leading the Chargers to a 1-0 win over Michigan Tech in Houghton on Friday, giving UAH its first shutout victory in three years. It’s Sinclair’s first collegiate shutout.

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Bailey Newton scored in the first period, and Sinclair made it stick as the Huskies threw all they could at him. It was the first UAH shutout since Matt Larose blanked Lake Superior State on Oct. 31, 2015.

The 39 saves tied a UAH record for saves in a shutout, joining Derek Puppa (against Minnesota State in 1995) and Scott Munroe (against Robert Morris in 2005). It was also the first 1-0 win for UAH since March 12, 2010, a shutout by Cam Talbot also against Robert Morris.

UAH (3-14-0 overall, 3-8-0 WCHA) has won two in a row, following up on its win last Saturday at Bemidji State. The Chargers moved into eighth place in the WCHA standings as Ferris State lost to Northern Michigan.

The loss was a blow to Michigan Tech (9-7-1, 8-2-1), who came into the game one point behind Minnesota State for the WCHA lead.

UAH got its goal with 9:30 left in the first period. Newton, a freshman defenseman, got his first collegiate goal and point with a one-timer blast up the middle from just inside the blue line.

John Teets gave him the feed for his fifth assist of the season. Connor Merkley earned his second helper.

The Chargers withstood a surge of pressure by the Huskies immediately afterward, but Sinclair was able to keep the UAH lead at intermission with nine saves.

The Tech barrage kept going in the second period, as the Huskies put 18 shots on goal to the Chargers’ five. And most of those five occurred during a UAH power play around the midway point of the period.

However, thanks to some quick saves from far and near by Sinclair — and a crucial post hit by Jake Lucchini — the Chargers kept Michigan Tech off the board and their lead into the third.

The Huskies got another 12 shots on goal in the third period, thanks in part to three power plays. The last one started with 51 seconds left, after they had already pulled their goaltender Robbie Beydoun (16 saves) for the extra attacker.

Tech had one final flurry in the final ten seconds, but Sinclair made point-blank stops on the Huskies top scoring threats. The Chargers were finally able to clear the puck to secure the win and the shutout.

Michigan Tech outshot UAH 39-17 for the game. Each team had four penalties and four failed power plays.

Game two of the series is Saturday night at 6 p.m. CST.

Featured file photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography.