|1st||8:17||NMU||1-0||EV||Dominik Shine (2)||Gerard Hanson/8|
|1st||15:03||ALH||1-1||EV||Max McHugh (4)||Brennan Saulnier/6, Cam Knight/1|
|1st||15:21||NMU||2-1||EV||Dominik Shine (3)||Robbie Payne/4|
|2nd||1:47||ALH||2-2||EV||Chad Brears (5)||Max McHugh/9, Brandon Parker/5|
|2nd||13:36||ALH||3-2||PP||Jetlan Houcher (3)||Max McHugh/10|
|3rd||4:20||NMU||3-3||EV||Darren Nowick (5)||Connor Frantti/1|
|3rd||19:43||NMU||4-3||PS GW||Dominik Shine (4)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Northern Michigan (5-5-5)||0/6||6/12||0|
|Alabama Huntsville (3-9-1)||1/6||9/40||0|
|Northern Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Atte Tolvanen (W, 4-5-5)||60:00||3||20||13||11||44|
|Alabama Huntsville Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt Larose (L, 1-4-0)||59:36||4||6||3||9||18|
HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team opened the WCHA series against Northern Michigan with a 4-3 loss on Friday night at the Von Braun Center. UAH dips 3-9-1 (2-8-1 WCHA), while NMU improves to 5-5-5 (4-4-3 WCHA).
Northern Michigan kicked off the scoring on Friday night as Dominik Shine broke the scoreless tie with a marker at 8:17 of the first to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 advantage.
UAH bounced back later in the frame as sophomore Max McHugh sent in his fourth goal of the year at 15:03 thanks to assists by Brennan Saulnier and Cam Knight. However, NMU would quickly counter at 15:21 with Shine scoring again for his second of the game to make it 2-1 Wildcats heading into the first break.
The Chargers - who registered 21 shots on goal in the opening period - continued to keep the pressure on NMU goalie Atte Tolvanen early into the second stanza with senior Chad Brears registering his fifth of the season at the 1:47 mark. McHugh chipped in an assist on the tally.
Freshman Jetlan Houcher pushed the Chargers ahead at 13:36 of the second with his third of the season, assisted by McHugh for his season-best third point of the night. Junior goalie Matt Larose registered three saves in the second - totaling 18 stops in the contest - to keep UAH in front 3-2 heading into the second intermission.
Darren Nowick evened the contest at 4:20 of the third period, before a successful penalty shot was issued to Shine at 19:43 to give the Wildcats a 4-3 lead and the eventual victory.
UAH managed 47 shots on goal in the contest, led by McHugh with nine shots on target.
Larose's record dropped to 1-4-0 with the loss on Friday night.
The Chargers and Wildcats will wrap up the WCHA series tomorrow night at the VBC. Puck drops at 7:07 p.m.