Quick Start Helps Alabama Huntsville Defeat Alaska, 3-1
Sophomore forward Josh Kestner scores two goals for Chargers

Junior forward Cody Marooney scored a goal for the Chargers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:09  ALH1-0 EV Cody Marooney (4) -
1st 6:59  ALH2-0 PP GW Josh Kestner (3)Kurt Gosselin/5, Cam Knight/2
3rd 5:26  ALH3-0 EV Josh Kestner (4)Hans Gorowsky/4
3rd 18:01  AKF1-3 EV Colton Sparrow (3)Marcus Basara/5, Peter Krieger/13
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska  0011
Alabama Huntsville  2013
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska  871429
Alabama Huntsville  119727
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (6-12-4)  0/2 5/10 0
Alabama Huntsville (5-15-2)  1/5 2/4 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 3-8-1)58:543 99624
Empty Net1:060     
Alabama Huntsville Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Larose (W, 3-4-0)59:591 871328
Empty Net0:010     

HUNTSVILLE | Led by a two-goal game from Rocket City native Josh Kestner, The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team earned the WCHA series split with visiting Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday night at the Von Braun Center by a final score of 3-1 in the series finale. UAH improves to 5-15-2 (3-11-2 WCHA), while UAF slips to 6-12-4 (4-10-4 WCHA).

The Chargers stormed out of the gate yet again on Saturday evening, as the Blue and White tallied two goals in the first for an early 2-0 advantage over the Nanooks. Junior Cody Marooney started the UAH scoring at 3:09 of the opening frame with his fourth goal of the season, which was an unassisted marker after the Eden Prairie, Minnesota, native caused a turnover at center ice and sent a slap shot past UAF goalie Davis Jones.

Later in the first period, a shot by Kurt Gosselin during a power play at 6:59 was deflected in front of the net by Kestner to make it 2-0 Chargers lead heading into first intermission. Freshman Cam Knight was also credited with an assist on the tally.

UAH and UAF played a defensive-heavy second period as neither team would find the back of the net. Junior goalie Matt Larose held the Nanooks scoreless through 40 minutes with eight saves in the first and seven stops in the second.

Following second intermission, Kestner received a feed from Hans Gorowsky at the blue line and raced past two Alaska defensemen for his second goal of the contest and fourth in 2015-16. Gorowsky notched his fourth assist of the year on the play.

Larose's shutout bid was ended later on in the third stanza as Colton Sparrow cut the Chargers lead to 3-1 at 18:01 with his third goal of the season. Despite dropping the shutout, Larose tallied a game-high 13 saves - amassing a total of 28 during the contest - in the third period en route to improving his record to 3-4-0 on the year.

The Chargers managed a total of 27 shots on goal in the contest, with Marooney pacing the squad with four shots on target. UAH finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play, while being successful in both penalty kill situations against the Nanooks.

UAH hits the road this coming weekend with a trip to Big Rapids, Michigan, to take on Ferris State in a two-game WCHA set beginning Friday at 6:07 p.m. CST.