October 25, 2006
Wayne State Rallies for Split in Huntsville

By Warren Kozireski

One night after losing a 4-2 game against Alabama-Huntsville and trailing the next night 3-1 early in the second period, the visiting Warriors from Wayne State scored five unanswered goals and went on to win 8-6 to earn a split.

CHA Notebook

Alabama-Huntsville senior defenseman Shaun Arvai is tied for the team lead with five assists on the year, but the Chargers only managed a split against Wayne State. It was the Warriors' first win in league play after losing six straight CHA games.

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Senior forward Nate Higgins netted a hat trick in the win and finished the weekend with four goals and an assist and was named the CHA Offensive Player of the Week. Derek Bachynski scored the empty-netter and added two assists while Mike Forgie, Matt Krug, Jared Katz and Mark Nebus were the other Saturday goal scorers. The Chargers peppered freshman goaltender Brett Bothwell, who picked up his first collegiate win, with 59 shots on goal.

The win broke a six-game conference losing streak for the Warriors dating back to Feb. 18, when they defeated Niagara 3-2.

The offensive outburst marked the most goals Wayne State has scored in a non-exhibition game since the Warriors netted nine goals at Bowling Green Nov. 20, 2004. It also was just the fourth time in the team’s history it has scored eight or more goals.


Looking forward to 500: UAH head coach Doug Ross could pick up his 500th career victory if the Chargers win the Lightning College Hockey Classic in Tampa this weekend. UAH plays former CHA foe Air Force in the first round and either Army or Notre Dame on Saturday.

On the road, but not to ruin: Give credit to Robert Morris for creating a very manageable non-conference schedule for itself. The Colonials have already played at Canisius (a 4-2 season-opening win) and lost twice at Quinnipiac. Thursday's trip to newly-renovated Lynah Rink could prove to be difficult, as a boisterous crowd will be sure to welcome its beloved Big Red back to the ice for their first official game of the season.

The non-conference slate for the Colonials also includes two games each against Merrimack and Notre Dame, a road trip to Princeton, and a Colorado trip where they will likely be huge underdogs against Denver, but match up well with former CHA team Air Force — the second opponent on that late-November trip. A home-and-home against Miami concludes the non-league schedule, and it's a good one for RMU, as most trips reasonably fit the school's location and are winnable.


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Bemidji State at Niagara
Bemidji State travels to Niagara in a matchup of the top two teams in the CHA preseason coach’s poll. It is the first time the teams have met in October. The Beavers finished last season 1-3 against the Purps in the regular season with the win coming at Dwyer Arena before defeating Niagara 4-2 in the playoff finals.

While You’re There: Just down the road from Niagara on Saturday is the Halloween Spooktacular from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New York Power Authority Power Vista Visitor's Center. Say that five times fast.

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Wayne State’s Jason Bloomingburg set the mark for the second-fastest goal in school history when he scored 12 seconds into Friday’s game against Alabama-Huntsville. The mark is held by Jason Baclig who scored just nine seconds in against Michigan State on Oct. 8, 2005.

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In just the sixth game of his collegiate career, UAH freshman defenseman Brandon Roshko was on the ice for three of Wayne State’s five even-strength goals against in an 8-6 Warrior come-from-behind victory Saturday.

• Wayne State assistant captain Nate Higgins played in the 100th game of his collegiate career Friday and scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to UAH.

• Bemidji State junior netminder Orlando Alamano started his first game in a Beaver uniform Friday against Regina and registered the shutout in a 2-0 victory.

• Staying with the goaltender theme, Niagara senior Allen Barton played in his first game since the 2004-05 campaign and stopped 24 of 29 shots over the last two periods in the 10-1 loss to Nebraska-Omaha.

• All four goals in the Chargers' win over Wayne State Friday night came on the power play as Alabama-Huntsville was 4-of-15 with the man advantage.

• Niagara’s 10-1 loss to Nebraska-Omaha Friday was the worst loss in the 10-year history of the program and the first time the Purple Eagles have allowed 10 or more goals in a game. The previous record was an 8-1 loss at Bemidji State in December 2005.

• Saturday’s consolation game with UMass Lowell marked the fourth consecutive game Niagara played against an opponent looking for their first win.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report