Oct. 10, 2009

Courtesy of Alabama-Huntsville

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 25th varsity season of Alabama-Huntsville hockey got off to a rousing start on Friday night with one of the biggest wins in school history, as UAH downed No. 5 Notre Dame 3-2 at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.

With the game knotted 2-2 late in the third, Notre Dame senior Ryan Thang, who Charger fans might remember scored the game-winning double-overtime goal against UAH in the 2007 NCAA Regional, went to the box for a tripping call after hauling a Charger down at center ice.  The power play in the offensive zone saw the Chargers win the draw and get the puck to sophomore forward Cody Campbell (Maple Ridge, British Columbia), who drove the puck behind the UND net and performed a wrap around past Fighting Irish netminder Brad Phillips with only five seconds remaining in the contest.  Junior blueliner Matt Baxter (Courtice, Ontario) and junior forward Andrew Coburn (Mount Forest, Ontario) earned the assists setting up the play.

Things looked good for Notre Dame early on as the Irish used a power play to take the early 1-0 lead only 3:02 into the contest when Bily Maday found Riley Sheahan on the back post for an easy tally.  UND went on to carry the 1-0 lead into the first break after narrowly outshooting UAH 12-10.

Refusing to back down and keeping the pressure up, UAH senior winger Tom Train (Hurst, Texas) drew the score even at one putting home a rebound at 13:13 of the second with an assist from junior linemate Vince Bruni (Toronto, Ontario) and junior forward Chris Fairbanks (Millford, Mich).

The Fighting Irish then used another power play to retake the lead at 2-1 later in the second as UND setup Kyle Palmieri on the backdoor with helpers from Callie Ridderwall and Kevin Deeth at 15:50 of the second..

After killing off a five-minute major at the end of the second and the remainder at the start of the third, the Chargers brought things even when freshman Justin Cseter (Menomonie, Wisc.) slammed home a Train rebound on a 2-on-2 break at 8:01.    That goal set the stage for Campbell's heroics with the clock winding down.

UAH junior netminder Cameron Talbot (Caledonia, Ontario) was a big part of the win for the Blue and White making 39 saves between the pipes.  Phillips made 28 stops in the loss.

The same two squads battle again on Saturday night at 6 p.m.