Sophomore forward Darren Nowick scores hat trick for Wildcats

Sophomore forward Darren Nowick scored a hat trick for the Wildcats

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. | Despite a strong effort put forth on its last game of the season, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to Northern Michigan on Saturday night at the Von Braun Center.

UAH (2-35-1, 2-25-1 WCHA) honored its four seniors prior to the puck drop against the Wildcats (15-19-2, 13-14-1 WCHA), as Alex Allan, Mat Hagen, CJ Groh and Brice Geoffrion were recognized for their strong commitment and dedication to the program over the last four years.

Jack Prince was the star of the night for the Chargers, scoring two goals to finish the season with eight goals and 13 points, which both led the team in 2013-14. Prince scored his first goal at 2:30 of the second period on the power play, after firing one over the shoulder of the NMU goaltender.

Prince tallied his second goal of the net when he finished a wraparound behind the net and wheeled around to wrist one into the back of the net. Prince was recognized as the No. 2 star of the game for his performance, playing the best hockey of any Charger to finish the season.

NMU scored three goals in the first period, as Darren Nowick notched two of his three in that period. After Prince scored back to back goals for the Chargers, Nowick recorded his hat trick at 13:54 of the third period. NMU would add an empty net goal late in the game to come away with 5-2 win.

Senior CJ Groh finished with 24 saves in the game, playing an outstanding second period in his final game as a Charger.

UAH finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while NMU went 0-for-6 as the UAH penalty kill was on point.

The Chargers will now turn to the 2014-15 season. With 11 freshmen seeing significant playing time, including a program-record 38 games played by Cody Marooney, and solid freshmen goaltending play by Carmine Guerriero and Matt Larose.

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