HUNTSVILLE | Finishing in a heated and competitive fashion, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team fell 4-1 for a second straight night to Minnesota State on Saturday night at the Von Braun Center in WCHA action.
UAH (1-17-0, 1-11-0 WCHA) would come as close as 2-1 with 34 seconds remaining in the second period, but the Mavericks (11-7-0, 9-3-0 WCHA) would put two more goals home late in the third period to win their seventh straight game of the season.
Brandon Clowes scored the first goal of his career in the second period, when the freshman redirected a shot from Chad Brears in front of the goal to sneak one past the Minnesota State goaltender. Frank Misuraca was credited with the secondary assist on the goal, giving the Charger fans something to cheer about late in the game.
Minnesota State scored three of their four goals on the power play, going 3-for-10 in total on the night. The Chargers came away empty on the PP, going 0-for-7.
The first period was played fairly even, as both teams had good looks and opportunities to go out in front. MSU would breakthrough however in the second period, when JP Lafontaine and Jordan Nelson each scored goals to push the Mavericks ahead.
Chase Grant and Matt Leitner also scored goals for Minnesota State.
The game became very heated midway through the third period, as a total of three players were handed a game misconduct.
Carmine Guerriero picks up the loss for UAH, finishing with 42 saves. Guerriero made several challenging saves in the game, keeping his Chargers in the game until the misconducts were handed out in the third.
The Chargers will have a weekend off before visiting Wisconsin on Dec. 27 and 28. Friday's game will start at 7 p.m. central time, while Saturday's game will start at 8 p.m.