The winter storm that swept through the state of Alabama stopped school and business for the beginning of the week. To add insult to injury for sports fans in the Yellowhammer State, sporting events from high school basketball playoffs to even Alabama softball tournaments were altered because of the inclement weather. Included in this wave of postponements, cancellations, and travel troubles was the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s hockey team.

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The UAH Chargers were set to travel to Marquette, Michigan on Tuesday for a two-game series with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. When the Chargers arrived in Marquette, they realized a crucial part of their uniforms was missing- their jerseys.

Luckily for UAH, Fox Motors, a local car dealership, provided the Chargers with an alternative.

Alabama-Huntsville, sitting on a 2-9-1 record prior to the series, scored three straight goals in the first two periods to bring a 3-0 lead.

To close out the second period, Northern Michigan scored a goal to bring the score to 3-1 at the second intermission.

UAH hung on to the lead to pull out their third win of the season, all in jerseys that they had never worn before.

While it was originally rumored that UAH simply forgot their jerseys, it was later revealed on r/CollegeHockey, a subreddit on Reddit based around the sport, that the massive winter storm caused the jerseys and the team to be separated.

Unfortunately for Alabama-Huntsville, the magic of the Fox Motors’ jerseys was all spent going into their second game of the series. The Chargers finally got their official jerseys back in time for game two. UAH dropped their Wednesday night game to NMU 8-2, causing the team to fall to 3-10-1.

Ryan Stieg, a college hockey reporter for the Mining Journal in Marquette, later explained on Twitter that prior to Tuesday’s game, UAH was given two choices in jerseys to use- Fox Motors, which they decided on, or Marquette High School’s set.

UAH, a member of the University of Alabama system, will continue their midwest road trip Friday and Saturday with a two-game series against Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Friday and Saturday.

To find out more about the UAH Chargers’ hockey team, click here for their website or here for their Twitter page.

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