MADISON, Wis. - Putting forth another strong Saturday effort, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team fell 3-2 at Wisconsin on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
The Chargers (1-19-0) were in the game throughout, but the 15th-ranked Badgers (10-5-1) scored a late goal to go up two goals with little time remaining. UAH trailed by just one goal for the majority of the third period and end of the second period.
Wisconsin scored two goals within 49 seconds of one another, and went up 2-0 very early in the game. Jefferson Dahl and Joseph LaBate each scored for the Badgers, but UAH would respond and give the home crowd a reason to worry.
Chad Brears scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season at 14:56 of the second period, after the sophomore took advantage of the 5-on-3 advantage for UAH. Brandon Clowes picked up the primary assist, as he slid the puck over to Brears who fired it in from the left circle.
UAH played one of its strongest periods to date this season, battling the ranked Badgers on their home ice the entire second period. That effort would pay off late for Brears, who gave the Blue and White a reason to believe heading to the final period.
Down 3-1 with 19 seconds remaining, Jack Prince scored his third goal of the season after firing the puck through traffic into the back of the net. The puck appeared to be deflected a time or two, but Prince was credited with the goal while Anderson White and Matt Salhany picked up the assists.
Carmine Guerriero played one the strongest games of his freshman season, picking up 42 saves along the way, but most importantly giving his team a chance throughout the contest.
It's the sixth one-goal loss for the Chargers this season, all coming on Saturday. The team suffered a 5-0 defeat last night, but showed their season-long resiliency again tonight against a top-tier program.
UAH will return home on Jan. 3 and 4 when they play host to Bowling Green. Both games will start at 7:07 p.m. central time. All kids will be admitted free to both games, with the first 1,000 fans receiving a free mini hockey stick before Saturday's game.