HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team won for the third consecutive game at the Von Braun Center with a 2-1 victory over Northern Michigan on Friday night in the opening game of the WCHA series. UAH improves to 6-16-3 (5-12-0 WCHA), while NMU drops to 9-7-5 (6-7-4 WCHA).
The first period was all defense as the Chargers and Wildcats skated to a 0-0 tie through the first 20 minutes. Sophomore Carmine Guerriero stopped all seven shots that came his way, while Brandon Parker got in front of a team-high three shots in the frame.
Junior Jack Prince put the Chargers on the board at 7:37 of the second period when freshman Max McHugh fed him at the red dot and Prince was able to net his fourth score of the season with a sharp wrist shot past NMU's Mathias Dahlstrohm.
The Chargers added to their lead with another score at the 13:18 mark in the second, as junior Frank Misuraca buried a long-range, unassisted goal for his fifth tally in the 2014-15 campaign.
Northern Michigan was able to cut the UAH lead to 2-1 on a goal by Shane Sooth at 8:29 of the third period.
Despite the goal in the third, Guerriero was key to the Chargers victory down the stretch, posting 12 saves in the second period and a game-high 13 saves in the third period. The Montreal, Quebec native finished the game with 32 total stops, his 11th start with 30 or more saves.
Overall, the Chargers managed 13 shots on goal on Friday night led by Prince with a team-best four shots. Junior Chad Brears followed Prince with two chances on the night.
UAH's penalty kill unit excelled yet again, holding the Wildcats to zero goals in seven power-play opportunities.
The Chargers and Wildcats will match up again on Saturday night for the series finale at the VBC. Puck drops at 7 p.m.