Hoof Beats: McHugh is WCHA’s rookie of the week

Max McHugh

Max McHugh (Photo by Doug Eagan)

UAH freshman center Max McHugh was named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Week on Monday.

McHugh scored the game-winner in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Lake Superior State. His power-play goal in the third period broke a 1-1 tie.

The Seattle native leads the Chargers with eight goals and 18 points this season. He is fourth among freshmen in the WCHA in points.

Doug Reid, who scored a goal in each game this weekend at Lake Superior, was nominated for WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Carmine Guerriero, who stopped 25 of 26 shots in both games, was nominated for WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

Ferris State approaches: The Chargers are now alone in eighth place in the WCHA, which is also the seventh seed among playoff eligible teams. They have a chance to move up this weekend with the Ferris State Bulldogs coming to the Von Braun Center. Puck drop on Friday and Saturday nights is 7:07 p.m.

UAH, with 15 league points, is three behind Ferris State. A Charger sweep would pass the Bulldogs, who are coming off a split at home to No. 8 Bowling Green.

The Chargers and Bulldogs split their series in Big Rapids, Mich. in November. UAH won the first game 3-2 and lost the second game 5-2. More to come in our series preview on Thursday.

This week’s promotions: On Friday, the first 500 fans will receive a set of UAH hockey trading cards. The first 500 fans to Saturday’s game receive a free pair of UAH thunder stick noise makers. As always this season, kids 12 and under get free admission courtesy of Huntsville International Airport.

Blue Line Club luncheon: Before every home series, come meet and greet with the coaches at the Blue Line Club luncheon. Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels and UAH head coach Mike Corbett will speak this Friday at noon in the Varsity Room at Spragins Hall.

Terranova’s is catering. Tickets are $8 at the door, and free for Blue Line Club members.