HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Putting forth a much stronger effort a night after falling 6-1, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team fell to rival Bemidji State by a 1-0 score on Saturday night at the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. UAH slips to 0-4 (0-2 WCHA) with the setback, while the Beavers improve to 2-3-1 (2-0 WCHA).
The visitors never trailed in the contest, opening the scoring in the first when midway through the period Cory Ward finished from in front a pass from the left circle off the stick of Danny Mattson at the 9:38 mark.
The Chargers had several strong opportunities in the game to tie it up, and one of those came late in the first period as Craig Pierce just missed on a strong chance right in front with just under three minutes left in the first period.
A golden opportunity then was presented to UAH at the end of the second period when a pair of BSU penalties gave the Chargers 58 seconds of 5-on-3, split between the end of the middle frame and the start of the final period, but UAH was unable to capitalize.
Momentum was generated from the opportunity, and that resulted in several scoring chances through the remainder of the period including a strong flurry at the end as UAH goaltender Carmine Guerriero spent the final minute and a half on the bench in favor of an extra attacker as the Chargers tried to level the affair.
Guerriero earned the No. 3 star with 23 saves on the night.
BSU finished the night with a 24-13 advantage in shots, and though both teams were penalized five times, neither team was able to convert on the power play.
UAH will continue conference play at home next weekend when Ferris State visits on Friday and Saturday with both contests slated to start at 7:07 p.m. at the VBC.