Chargers Grab Early Lead But Come Up Short At UMD
Duluth, Minn. - After taking an early lead on the road, the University of Alabama in Huntsville hockey team eventually fell 4-2 to Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at Amsoil Arena.
The Chargers (3-20-1) took an early 1-0 lead when Lasse Uusivirta scored his first goal of the season at 8:16 in the first period. Uusivirta finished on an open net on a beautiful centering pass-in from the point off an assist from Graeme Strukoff, his sixth assist of the season. Steven Koshey was credited with the secondary assist, which was his fifth of the year.
Minnesota Duluth (11-17-5) then scored the next three goals of the game, all by different players. The Bulldogs added their first goal of the game with just 11 seconds remaining in the first period, sending the two teams into the first intermission locked in a 1-1 tie.
The second period was controlled by the hosts, as UMD added two more goals, one at 2:25 and another later in the period at 16:33. The first goal scored came off a power play, after Jeff Vanderlugt was sent to the penalty box for elbowing.
Doug Reid scored just his second goal of the season at 1:23 in the third period, but the Bulldogs would answer just over two minutes later at 3:52 when they took back a two-goal lead at 4-2. Reid fired the goal-scoring shot from an odd angle just outside the goal line. The goal was unassisted.
The two teams would skate evenly the rest of the third period, sending UAH to their eighth straight loss.
Minnesota Duluth, current-members of the WCHA, held a 43-27 shots on goal advantage in the contest.
Senior John Griggs picked up the loss, having his work cut out for him all evening. Griggs finished with 39 saves in the game.
The Chargers will wrap up their 2012-13 season tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. back at Amsoil Arena. It will be the final game for four UAH seniors, Curtis deBruyn, Sebasitan Geoffrion, Justin Cseter and John Griggs.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations