by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Danton Cole (First Season)
2006-07 Record: 13-20-3 (7-11-2 CHA); CHA tournament Champions
Key Returnees: Tyler Hilbert F SR., Scott Kalinchuk D JR., Josh Murray F JR., Kevin Galerno F JR., Matt Sweazey F JR., Blake MacNicol G SO., Kevin Morrison F SO., Tom Train F SO., Brandon Roshko D SO.
Key Losses: Grant Selinger, Shaun Arvai, Steve Canter, Brett McConnachie, A.J. Larivee, David Nimmo, Mike Salekin, Dominik Rozman, Mark Narduzzi
In his last season at the helm, former Alabama-Huntsville head coach Doug Ross went out on top as a conference tournament champion in 2006-07. In the NCAA tournament, the Chargers took No. 2 overall seed Notre Dame (No. 1 in the Midwest Regional) to double overtime, but lost 3-2.
This year, new head coach Danton Cole, who was an assistant at Bowling Green last season, has taken over.
"I have seen a lot of video from this team from the Bowling Green and Notre Dame games," said Cole. "This year we have a large incoming freshmen class (12). There will be increased responsibility.
"I have seen most of them, even though I came in later. I like the class of 12, however the learning curve will be quick."
Although Cole is a newcomer, he is doing his homework and trying to find out about the conference.
"I am trying to gather information about the CHA," Cole said about the league. "The thing is we want to play well at the end of the year."
With the never-say-never attitude, the Chargers found a way to win late in the year last year. UAH will look to use that same thing in 2007-08. However, the early part of the schedule looks to be a little bumpy.
"Early on we have the UNO (Nebraska-Omaha) tournament and the Rensselaer tournament, where we open up with Notre Dame," Cole said about the schedule. "It is important to get ahead early because we have such opponents as MSU-Mankato (Minnesota State) later on. We will find out what happens."
The Chargers lost 12 players from last year's team. The only goaltender with any experience returning is Blake MacNicol, who appeared in six games.
The goaltending duties may wind up in the hands of Cameron Talbot, who originally was going to enroll a season ago, then changed his mind. He wound up becoming the 2007 Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League Player of the Year.