2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Austin Beaulieu scored at 3:13 of overtime for the Chargers
Beaulieu Scores in Overtime to Send Alabama Huntsville Past Ferris State, 4-3
Junior forward Austin Beaulieu scored at 3:13 of overtime for the Chargers

HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team completed a comeback victory over Ferris State in overtime by a final score of 4-3 to win the finale of the two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. UAH improves to 4-18-0 (4-10-0 WCHA), while FSU dips to 6-15-1 (3-10-1 WCHA).

Turning Point

- The Chargers tied the game at 3-3 with 11 seconds remaining in the third period on a tally by Brandon Salerno to force overtime, where UAH went on to score the game-winner at the 3:13 mark on a deflection in front of the goal by junior Austin Beaulieu which gave UAH the 4-3 victory.

Scoring Breakdown

- The majority of the first period was quiet offensively until Zech Cooper gave the Bulldogs the first lead at the 17:17 mark, but UAH tied it back up at 18:23 when a one-timer by Kurt Gosselin found the back of the net on the power play.

- Ferris State notched a pair of second-period goals at 5:02 by Trevor Recktenwald and Cooper at 11:17 to lead 3-1 entering second intermission.

- The Chargers cut into the Bulldogs lead at 16:35 of the third period, as Beaulieu wristed in a shot from the slot thanks to assists by Hans Gorowsky and Christian Rajic.

- With an extra skater on and the UAH net empty, Salerno snuck in the game-tying goal at 19:49 of the frame to force overtime.

- Beaulieu gave the Chargers the 4-3 victory in overtime with a power-play tally at 3:13, as the junior deflected a shot by Cam Knight from the point. Both Knight and Bauer Neudecker assisted on the game-winning goal.

Inside the Box Score

- The Chargers totaled 34 shots on goal in the victory, led by Beaulieu with seven shots on goal.

- Beaulieu led the offense with three points on two goals and one assist, while both Knight and Neudecker rated second on the roster with two points on two assists each.

- Salerno finished second on the squad with four shots on goal, with Connor James, Connor Merkley and Gosselin supplying three shots saved apiece.

- UAH went 27-for-59 from the face-off circle.

- Jake Theut started in goal for the Chargers, totaling 33 saves in the victory. The senior improved to 2-6-0 in goal for the Chargers this season.

- The Chargers went 2-for-2 on the power play, while holding FSU scoreless in one man-advantage.


- This was UAH's first home victory this season.

- Beaulieu recorded his first career three-point performance, and he now has four multi-point games in his career.

- Christian Rajic (1g-7a) moves into a two-way tie for first on the roster with Jesper Ohrvall (0g-8a) with eight points after tallying an assist in the matchup.

- Neudecker collected his first multi-point game of his career, giving the freshman three goals and three assists in his past seven appearances.

- Knight has four, two-assist performances in his career.

- The Chargers nine goals scored during the series are the most in a weekend for UAH this season.

- UAH has killed off 11 consecutive penalties dating back to Michigan Tech on Dec. 15.

Next Time Out

- UAH continues WCHA play next weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with a two-game series at Lake Superior State.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Game statistics
36 Shots 34
0 / 1 Power Plays 2 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 1 / 2
6-15-1 Records 4-18-0
Ferris State Alabama Huntsville
Cooper Zech (5)
Hans Gorowsky (3)
1st/18:23 PP
Trevor Recktenwald (1)
Cooper Zech (6)
Austin Beaulieu (3)
Brandon Salerno (4)
3rd/19:49  EA
Austin Beaulieu (4)
OT/3:13 PP GW
Ferris State Alabama Huntsville
Roni Salmenkangas
63:13, 30 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 6-12-1)
Jake Theut
61:53, 33 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 2-6-0)

Empty Net
1:20, 0 GA