In a return trip of last year’s opening series, Alabama-Huntsville and UConn will do battle for two games at the XL Center this weekend.
Game one, opening night for the Huskies, will drop the puck at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday’s game will be a matinee, at 4:05 p.m. on what will be a busy day in UConn athletics. Football plays Cincinnati at 11:30 a.m. and men’s soccer also takes on the Bearcats at 7:00 p.m.
Alabama-Huntsville has carved out a nice niche as the only school playing men’s college hockey at the varsity level south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Chargers compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, whose footprint is primarily the upper midwest, with schools such as Bemidji State, Ferris State, and Bowling Green. Two Alaskan schools, Fairbanks and Anchorage, are also in the WCHA.
Huntsville has already played two games, going 2-0-0 against No. 20 Ferris State in Big Rapids, Minnesota. In the opening game of the series, the Chargers beat the Bulldogs 2-1 with Hans Gorowsky notching the game-winner.
Game two had a bit more going on, with Alabama-Huntsville winning 4-3. Ferris State led early in the second period but then allowed three unanswered goals by Huntsville as they eventually won 4-3.
Last year was a rough year for the Chargers, who went 7-21-6, with one of those wins coming against the University of Alabama club team. When these two teams met last year, UConn took the first game and Huntsville won game two to split the series.
The games will be broadcast on WHUS and those unable to listen or attend can follow @ShawnMMcGrath on Twitter for live updates.