|2nd||9:35||NDK||1-0||PP GW||Bryn Chyzyk (7)||Keaton Thompson/7, Troy Stecher/11|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alabama Huntsville (4-13-2)||0/1||4/8||0|
|North Dakota (17-2-2)||1/4||2/4||0|
|Alabama Huntsville Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Carmine Guerriero (L, 2-9-2)||59:26||1||13||14||11||38|
|North Dakota Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cam Johnson (W, 8-0-1)||60:00||0||7||7||5||19|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. | The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team was edged on Friday night by No. 2 North Dakota by a score of 1-0 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in a New Year's Day non-conference matchup. UAH slips to 4-13-2, while UND improves to 17-2-2.
A bevy of defense highlighted the opening period, including junior goalie Carmine Guerriero's 13 saves to keep the non-conference tilt scoreless through 20 minutes.
Guerriero continued to have success in the second period - posting an additional 14 stops in the stanza - before the Fighting Hawks posted a power-play goal at 9:35 by Bryn Chyzyk to give UND a 1-0 lead. Prior to the North Dakota tally, the Chargers had killed off 34 consecutive penalties dating back to the second period at Bowling Green on Nov. 21.
The Chargers had an opportunity to even the score on a penalty shot issued to Tyler Poulsen at 18:32 of the second, but the sophomore was denied by UND netminder Cam Johnson. Johnson now owns the program record for consecutive scoreless minutes at 278:38 and extended his shutout streak to four consecutive games.
UAH went on to post five shots on goal in the third period for 18 total on the night, but UND held on to win the defensive struggle by the 1-0 final. Poulsen led the Blue and White with four shots on target in the opener.
Guerriero - whose record fell to 2-9-2 with the loss - held the Fighting Hawks scoreless in the final period with 11 saves for a total of 38 during the series opener. The Montreal, Quebec, native has now totaled 30-plus saves five times in 2015-16.
The Chargers and Fighting Hawks will wrap up the two-game set Saturday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Puck drops at 7:07 p.m.