HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Putting forth a terrific effort against the nation's third-ranked team, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team fell by a slim 4-3 margin to St. Cloud State on Saturday night at the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. UAH slides to 0-10-0 on the season, while the Huskies move to 8-1-1.
With the Chargers trailing 3-2 past the midway point of the third period and with the team enjoying the man-advantage, Jeff Vanderlugt scored his first of the season to tie the contest at 3-3 at the 13:51 mark of the frame.
Vanderlugt slid the puck past after a congestion in front of the net as Steven Koshey fired one on goal from the blue line. Salhany put a stick on it and Vanderlugt send the crowd in a roar as UAH tied the game late.
The visitors would quickly respond, however, as Daniel Tedesco scored at 14:18 to regain the lead at 4-3.
UAH's first two scorers on the night recorded their first-career goals as Regan Soquila knotted the affair at 1-1 just past the midway point of the opening stanza as Wade Schools and Matt Salhany assisted on the tally.
Soquila received a perfect break-out pass from Schools deep in the Chargers defensive end, then Salhany put the puck in the center of the crease for Soquila to finish.
Huntsville native Nic Dowd then grabbed the lead again for the Huskies with his sixth of the season at 8:56 of the second, and David Morley added to the advantage with a strike at 13:40 to produce a 3-1 advantage for St. Cloud State, and the score would remain that way through the end of the second period.
It was then Stephen McKenna who joined in on the action for the Chargers, pulling UAH to within one at 3:31 of the third period. Recording his first point of the season on the play was Craig Pierce, and Frank Misuraca picked up the secondary assist for his third helper of the year.
McKenna's goal was much similar to that of Soquila, as Misuraca was the one to send the break-out pass and Pierce set up the perfect centering pass.
A night after the squad surrendered 10 goals, Matt Larose was strong in net for UAH as he stopped 38 shots as the Chargers were outshot on the evening by a 42-15 margin.
The one-goal defeat for the Chargers is their fourth of the season. They have now suffered a single goal loss against four of the five teams they have played.
The team will now hit the road for WCHA action against Northern Michigan. As usual, they will play a Friday-Saturday series beginning at 7:07 p.m. central time.