2014-15 Overall Record: 8-26-4
2014-15 WCHA Record: 7-20-1 (T-8th of 10)
Head Coach: Mike Corbett – 3rd Season (10-61-5)

It seems hard to imagine that UAH’s season was considered a success considering how poorly they ranked in almost every statistical category. The Chargers were third-worst in the NCAA in goals per game (1.63). However, considering they were coming off one of the worst seasons in the history of college hockey, beating another team in any statistical category is remarkable. The Chargers finished that 2013-14 season with a horrendous 2-35-1 record – the worst in the NCAA. That year, they scored the fewest goals by nearly half of their closest competition (1.08 – Princeton was second to last with 1.88), gave up the most goals per game (4.37), had the NCAA’s worst power play (.088), had the NCAA’s worst penalty kill (.705), had the fewest shots on goal per game (19.63) and gave up the most (41.42). In literally every major team category two years ago, the Chargers ranked dead last in the NCAA. Since the CHA conference disbanded in 2010, UAH had won all of 11 games going into last season. So, no, an 8-26-4 season isn’t remarkable unless you consider that it more than doubled any of the team’s previous efforts over the prior five seasons.

Key Returning:

Carmine Guerriero, G, Junior
Carmine Guerriero may be the most underrated goaltender in the WCHA if not all of college hockey. Like UAH, his win-loss record certainly does not turn any heads. Coming off of a horrendous 1-17-0 freshman year with the Chargers, Guerriero’s sophomore record of 8-18-3 was not exactly shiny on paper. In fact, his 9-35-3 record for his career so far would be simply disappointing on the surface. However, when one digs just a little deeper, they discover that Guerriero’s .928 sophomore save percentage ranked him 14th among 79 eligible NCAA goaltenders. The 1,032 shots he faced were 15th in the NCAA, but he only played the 28th most minutes, meaning that he faced the second most shots per game of any goalie in the NCAA. Ignoring all of the season statistics, Guerriero in a nutshell was on display at the WCHA tournament, making a WCHA-record 77 saves before letting in the winning goal at 118:49 in a triple-overtime loss to Michigan Tech. Less than 24 hours later, Guerriero was back on the ice for the second game of the series. Guerriero is simply an NHL-caliber talent who could potentially carry the Chargers to their best season since the CHA disbanded.

Max McHugh, F, Sophomore
As a freshman, McHugh provided an immediate boost to a Chargers offense that had been the NCAA’s worst over the prior two seasons. With a team-leading 23 points (12 – 11), McHugh was the WCHA’s fourth-highest scoring freshman and the NCAA’s 19th highest scoring freshman on his way to WCHA All-Rookie Team honors. His .218 goal per shot on goal ratio ranked 8th overall in the NCAA. In his freshman season, he became UAH’s first double-digit goal scorer since 2008-09 and scored more points than any other UAH player had in any season since 2006-07. Like Guerriero, McHugh has the capability to put UAH on his back and give the team an entirely different identity than they have had in recent memory. He has three more seasons to develop into the sort of next-level talent that the Chargers have rarely had.

Newcomers:

Hunter Anderson, F, Savage, Minnesota
It’s appropriate that Hunter Anderson is from a town named Savage, because at 6’4”, 212 pounds, Corbett is hoping he will do just that to his opponents. Anderson spent last season with the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL where he racked up 36 points (15 – 21) in 64 games. He also spent a season each with the USHL’s Lincoln Ice and the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill, plus attended high school at Burnsville High in Minnesota with Nashville Predators draft pick Teemu Kivihalme. He was the first overall pick of the 2014 NAHL draft, but opted to play Junior A in Langley, instead.

Madison Dunn, F, Calgary, Alberta
Dunn has spent the last three years with the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL, scoring 119 points (38 – 81) in 197 games.  The 5’8” forward is praised for his hockey intelligence and was the captain of the Bandits. A two-way forward, he is expected to eventually contribute on both UAH’s struggling power play and penalty kill. Dunn was also a member of the Bandits 2013 RBC Cup-winning squad, as they were named champions of Junior A.

Hans Gorowsky, F, Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Gorowsky comes from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL where he averaged nearly a point per game in his last season, scoring 56 points (23 – 33) in 60 regular season games. Overall, he finished the year with 60 points (25 – 35) in 66 games and his NAHL career with 98 points (38 – 60) in 134 games, while hoisting the Robertson Cup trophy in 2014. Originally committed to Lake Superior, Gorowsky changed his commitment when Lake Superior fired Jim Roque and decided to follow his teammates John Teets and Adam Wilcox to Huntsville.

Kurt Gosselin, D, Brighton, Michigan
Gosselin had a beast of a final season with the BCHL’s Alberini Valley Bulldogs. Despite missing nearly half the season – all told, Gosselin missed 26 of Alberini Valley’s 58 games – Gosselin still managed to earn First Team BCHL All Star honors at the end of the season. In the 2014-15 campaign, Gosselin scored 43 points (12 – 31) in just 32 games on the blue line. In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Gosselin scored 95 points (29 – 66) in 138 games. If his scoring presence from the blue line transitions to the NCAA, he could have an immediate impact for the Chargers.

Jetlan Houcher, F, Paradise Valley, Alberta
Possibly the most exciting player in UAH’s 2015 recruiting class, Houcher was drafted in the third round of the 2009 WHL Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds (interestingly, the next pick was goaltender Mackenzie Skapski who backed up former UAH goaltender Cam Talbot for a portion of the 2014-15 NHL season). Houcher spent the last two and a half seasons with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. Last season, Houcher was a finalist for the AJHL MVP while leading the league in goals (39) and finishing third in points scored (71). Houcher also saw prior action with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL and the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL. However, his most significant strides were made with the Oil Barons where he scored a total of 167 points (87 – 80) in 163 games. Houcher was teammates with fellow incoming freshmen John Teets and  Adam Wilcox in 2013-14, along with current UAH forward Brennan Saulnier.

Cam Knight, D, Reading, Massachusetts
One of the younger players in the 2015 freshman class, Knight played one season in the NAHL with the Wichita Falls Wildcats, scoring 37 points (9 – 28) in 66 games. The 6’1” defenseman is reportedly quite speedy, which is an area where UAH has been seriously lacking in over the past few seasons.

Tyler Poulsen, F, Arvada, Colorado
Tyler Poulsen had a pretty solid NAHL career, culminating with a nomination to the 2014 All-NAHL team while a member of the Topeka Roadrunners with current Charger Cody Champagne. During the 2013-14 season – Poulsen’s final in the NAHL – he finished second in the league in goal scoring (29) and fourth in scoring (61). He also finished the 2014 NAHL playoffs first in the league in scoring, with 17 points in 11 playoff games. Overall in that final season, he finished with 78 points (36 – 42) in 67 games. During an NAHL career that also included stops with the Kenai River Black Bears, Aberdeen Wings (where he was teammates with current Charger Cody Marooney) and Odessa Jackalopes , Poulsen scored 173 points (81 – 92) in 233 career games while showing consistent improvement each season. Along with Houcher, Poulsen could provide an immediate impact to UAH’s scoring.

John Teets, D, Fairbanks, Alaska
A former teammate to fellow freshman Hans Gorowsky, Jetlan Houcher and Adam Wilcox, as well as current Charger Brennan Saulnier, in Fort McMurray of the AJHL, the 6’3” Teets brings a decent amount of size to UAH’s backend. Teets played two seasons in the AJHL with Fort McMurray and one with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL. While he does not bring an exceptional scoring ability, Teets does provide a larger obstacle for opposing players to get through while they try to get shots off on Guerriero.

Adam Wilcox, F, Alpharetta, Georgia
Wilcox is another freshman who played in Fort McMurray and Fairbanks, which means he was also a teammate to Gorowsky, Houcher, Saulnier and Teets. In addition, the Georgia native played 3 games in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints where his teammate was “Johnny Hockey” himself, Johnny Gaudreau. Not exactly a proficient scorer, Wilcox scored 19 points (8 – 11) in 101 AJHL games with Fort McMurray and 20 points (7 – 13) in 67 games with the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Fairbanks of the NAHL. However, Wilcox is being brought in as a grinder whom Corbett has compared to departing seniors Doug Reid and Craig Pierce.

Schedule

Date Opponent
Friday, October 9 Connecticut
Saturday, October 10 Connecticut
Friday, October 23 Alaska-Anchorage*
Saturday, October 24 Alaska-Anchorage*
Friday, October 30 @ Lake Superior State*
Saturday, October 31 @ Lake Superior State*
Friday, November 6 Michigan Tech*
Saturday, November 7 Michigan Tech*
Friday, November 20 @ Bowling Green*
Saturday, November 21 @ Bowling Green*
Wednesday, November 25 Bemidji State*
Friday, November 27 Bemidji State*
Friday, December 4 Northern Michigan*
Saturday, December 5 Northern Michigan*
Friday, December 11 @ Minnesota State*
Saturday, December 12 @ Minnesota State*
Friday, December 18 Colorado College
Saturday, December 19 Colorado College
Friday, January 1 @ North Dakota
Saturday, January 2 @ North Dakota
Friday, January 8 Alaska*
Saturday, January 9 Alaska*
Friday, January 15 @ Ferris State*
Saturday, January 16 @ Ferris State*
Friday, January 29 @ Alaska-Anchorage*
Saturday, January 30 @ Alaska-Anchorage*
Friday, February 12 Minnesota State *
Saturday, February 13 Minnesota State*
Friday, February 19 @ Northern Michigan*
Saturday, February 20 @ Northern Michigan*
Friday, February 26 @ Bemidji State*
Saturday February 27 @ Bemidji State*
Friday, March 4 Bowling Green *
Saturday, March 5 Bowling Green*

*WCHA Conference Game