March 9, 2007
College Hockey America Tournament First Round
Chargers End Warriors' Winning Streak to Advance

Alabama-Huntsville 4,
Wayne State 3 (ot)
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
1-WS Dan Iliakis (5) EV
15:27 T. Donohoe, D. Punches
2-WS Jason Baclig (8) PP
19:14 N. Higgins, J. Katz

Second Period

3-WS Dan Iliakis (6) EV
7:23 S. Paskaris, D. Bachynski
1-AH Tom Train (3) EV
11:46 C. Tanaka, T. Hilbert
Third Period
2-AH Dominik Rozman (4) EV
1:48 unassisted
3-AH Dominik Rozman (5) EV
4:14 unassisted
4-AH Grant Selinger (16) PP
8:39 D. Nimmo, B. McConnachie
AH: Blake MacNicol (27:23, 15 saves, 3 GA); Marc Narduzzi (41:16, 16 saves 0 GA)
WS: Will Hooper (68:39, 34 saves, 4 GA)
Penalties: AH 9/18; WS 8/16
Power Plays: Ah 1-7; WS 1-8

By Warren Kozireski

DES MOINES, Iowa — Alabama-Huntsville overcame a three-goal deficit to defeat Wayne State, 4-3, on senior forward Grant Selinger’s overtime goal in the first round of the College Hockey America playoffs Friday.

With Wayne State junior forward Tylor Michel serving a minor penalty for slashing, Selinger banged home a rebound 8:39 into overtime to send the Chargers into a semifinal match against top-seeded Niagara Saturday at 2 p.m.

Senior defenseman Dan Iliakis scored two goals and senior forward Jason Baclig added another to put the Warriors up 3-0 early in the second period before the Chargers' fourth line shook the team out of its slumber.

A little more than four minutes after senior goaltender Marc Narduzzi came on in relief of starter Blake MacNicol (more on this in a moment), freshman centerman Tom Train took a cross-ice pass from rookie wing Cale Tanaka to close the gap to 3-1.

UAH senior wing Dominik Rozman took over in the third period, netting a pair of goals in the first 4:14 of the frame to tie the game. The Chargers also killed off nearly one minute of a Wayne State two-man advantage late in the third.

“We always start really, really slow and three goals in nothing for us to back from,” said Narduzzi. “I thin the biggest thing with our team is we play desperate hockey. We have ten seniors on this team and we didn’t want to end it that way.

Narduzzi, the team's No. 1 goalie, took a shot off his right shoulder during warm-ups, left the ice, and did not return hence the decision to start MacNicol, a freshman who had made four starts this season.

“I took the shot from Steve Canter off my collarbone and I couldn’t feel my hand for the rest of warm-up. So our trainer put a needle in it to freeze it up with some ice, but with adrenaline going it didn’t really matter. I was confident going in without having the warm-up.”

Niagara won the season series against Alabama-Huntsville, 2-1-1, but the Chargers won and tied the Purple Eagles in Huntsville last weekend. In the other CHA semifinal match, second-seeded Bemidji State will face third-seeds Robert Morris 8 p.m. EST.


• Wayne State head coach Bill Wilkinson started seniors Dan Iliakis and Taylor Donohoe on defense, but after the first shift went back to the regular pairings of Donohoe with Matt Krug and Iliakis with Matt Boldt. In the second period, he moved the two seniors back together.

• This is the second straight year a team has rallied from a three-goal deficit to win a CHA quarterfinal game. Last year in Detroit, Robert Morris trailed Air Force, 3-0, less than 22 minutes into the game, but the Colonials scored four unanswered goals to advance. RMU was ousted in the semifinals the following day by Niagara.

• Bemidji State fans were spotted at the arena wearing t-shirts that read, “Who Hates Huntsville ... We Hate Huntsville."

• Aside from the Alabama-Huntsville band and idle teams and coaching staffs, there were about 100 fans in the arena for Friday's game. The announced attendance was 255.

Warren Kozireski can be reached at