HUNTSVILLE | A late third period goal pushed Lake Superior State passed the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team by a final score of 3-2 on Saturday night at the Von Braun Center.
UAH (1-32-1, 1-22-1 WCHA) found itself in a tie game halfway through the third period, but Lake Superior (16-15-1, 12-12-0 WCHA) netted the game-winning goal on a redirected shot at 10:39. Dan Radke tallied his seventh goal of the season when he positioned himself in front of the goal and put his stick on the shot from Matt Bruneteau from the left circle to flick the puck past Carmine Guerriero.
Guerriero put in another strong performance, although not quite the 61-save outing he put forth last Saturday. Guerriero finished with 36 saves and gave UAH a chance to go ahead and even tie the game throughout the duration of the final period.
The Chargers answered Lake Superior's first goal of the game at 19:32 in the first period after Jeff Vanderlugt finished a pretty wrister shot from the left circle to burn the LSSU goaltender topshelf. Vanderlugt tied the game and send UAH into the locker room in a 1-1 game at the first intermission. Doug Reid notched his fifth assist of the season on the goal, passing the puck ahead to Vanderlugt on the finish.
Matt Salhany gave UAH the lead at 2:23 of the second period on a breakout goal. Salhany continued what he had been doing all season, getting his stick on the puck and sprinting out past any defensemen. The team's point-leader this season then finished on a shootout feel goal on a quality finish to light the lamp.
UAH would hold the lead until Stephen Perfetto tied the game at 18:06 of the second period. Colin Campbell picked up the first of his two assists on the night on Perfetto's goal.
LSSU netminder Kevin Kapalka would shut down the Chargers the rest of the way to secure the weekend sweep.
The Lakers led 39-20 in shots on goal, while the two teams combined to go 0-for-5 on the power play.
UAH will now head to familiar Bemidji, Minn., for a weekend series at Bemidji State on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.