2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Junior forward Connor Wood posted a goal and an assist for the Chargers
Alabama Huntsville Defeats Northern Michigan, 4-2
Junior forward Connor Wood posted a goal and an assist for the Chargers

HUNTSVILLE - The University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team picked up its first victory of the season with a 4-2 win over visiting Northern Michigan on Friday night at the Von Braun Center. UAH improves to 1-11-1 (1-7-1 WCHA), while NMU slips to 7-6-2 (5-4-0 WCHA).

Turning Point

- The Chargers dominated the first period with three unanswered goals in the opening stanza, which helped the squad to the 4-2 win on Friday night.

Scoring Breakdown

- After 10 full scoreless minutes to open the game, UAH went on the board at 11:26 when Daneel Lategan slipped in a shot from the crease after a give-and-go breakaway with Brandon Salerno. Both Salerno and Connor Wood notched assists on the goal.

- UAH pushed ahead to 2-0 at 13:59 of the first with a goal by Tyr Thompson off an assist by Connor Merkley, as the Chargers went on to take a 3-0 lead on Josh Latta's goal at 15:35.

- Northern Michigan cut the Chargers lead to 3-1 with a power-play tally by Griffin Loughran at 6:22 of the second period.

- UAH notched an empty-net goal at 19:01 of the third period by Wood who received a feed off the boards from Merkley.

- The Wildcats added one late goal in the third period at 19:28 by Grant Loven to bring the game to its 4-2 final score.

Inside the Box Score

- Wood and Merkley tied for the team lead in points with two, as Wood had an assist and goal while Merkley notched a team-high two assists.

- Eight Chargers had at least one point in the contest.

- Mark Sinclair earned the win to improve to 1-7-1 this season, after making 27 saves in the victory.

- The Chargers accrued nine total blocks in the game, led by Drew Lennon and Austin Beaulieu with two apiece.

- UAH held NMU to one goal in five power-play chances.


- UAH last scored three goals in a period on Jan. 18, 2019 against Alaska Anchorage.

- The Chargers four goals tonight are a season-high for the team.

- Rajic (3g-5a) and Latta (2g-6a) remain tied atop the roster with eight points apiece after each notched one in the win.

Next Time Out

- UAH and Northern Michigan wrap up the two-game set on Saturday at 7:07 p.m.

Game Summary

Friday, November 29, 2019

Game statistics
29 Shots 22
1 / 5 Power Plays 0 / 3
4 / 8 PIM 6 / 12
7-6-2 Records 1-11-1
Northern Michigan Alabama Huntsville
Daneel Lategan (2)
Tyr Thompson (3)
Josh Latta (2)
1st/15:35  GW
Griffin Loughran (12)
2nd/6:22 PP
Connor Wood (2)
3rd/19:01  EN
Grant Loven (2)
Northern Michigan Alabama Huntsville
John Hawthorne
15:35, 3 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 4-4-2)

Nolan Kent
42:45, 15 Saves, 0 GA

Empty Net
1:40, 1 GA
Mark Sinclair
60:00, 27 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 1-7-1)