ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sullivan Arena) – Zach Driscoll made 24 stops and carried a shutout into the final minute of the game Saturday, while Adam Brady posted assists on two of Bemidji State's three goals to lead the Beavers to a 3-1 victory in Anchorage, Alaska and a series sweep of the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Seven different BSU players recorded at least one point, which included the first collegiate points for rookie Beavers Alex Ierullo, Nick Cardelli and Ross Armour.
The win is the Beavers’ fourth straight over UAA, while BSU has now won 11 of the last 12 versus the Seawolves and posted their first series sweep of the 2018-19 season.
Both teams stumbled out of the gate making for a slow start. The teams combined for just one shot on goal during the first eight minutes of play. A power-play opportunity midway through the first sparked the BSU offence, but the UAA goaltender, Kris Carlson who was making just his second collegiate start, stood tall turning aside 11 shot during the first 20 minutes of play to keep the score 0-0 despite the Seawolves being outshot 11-3 in the frame.
A power-play chance again ignited the BSU attack in the second this time resulting in a goal by Charlie Combs.
The Beavers got their second man advantage opportunity at the 9:09 mark of the period. Just 22 seconds later, a nifty passing exhibition by Jay Dickman and Brady was capped with a backhanded chop into the net by Combs for his second goal of the season.
Bemidji State would build a two-goal lead late in the period when the momentum of a power-play chance spilled over into 5-on-5 play. Just 12 seconds after BSU’s third power-play opportunity of the game ended, Brady would find Brendan Harris with a pass. Harris deposited the eventual game-winning goal in the top shelf for his first goal of 2018-19.
Thanks to a 13-save second period by Driscoll, the Beavers clung to the 2-0 lead well in the third until the line of Ierullo, Armour and Cardelli, which provided a spark for BSU all night long, beat Carlson to put BSU up 3-0 with eight minutes to play.
Things got interesting for the Beavers in the game’s final minutes. With 2:33 left, Brad Johnson was whistled for interference setting the Seawolves up with their second power-play chance of the night. Before Johnson could escape the penalty box, Dan Billett was booked for boarding. The penalty left UAA with a 30-seond 5-on-3 and the Seawolves would convert. Six seconds after the ensuing face off, Niles Rygaard fired a shot. Driscoll made the save, but was unable to corral the rebound and UAA’s Zach Mason erased the shutout with 57 seconds left in the contest.
The Beavers improved to 4-1-1 overall and 3-1-0 in WCHA to own a share of first place in the league.
Bemidji State returns to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center Nov. 9-10 when they host Merrimack College for a two-game non-conference series. Tickets are still available for the series and begin at just $12. Opening face off is set for 7:07 p.m. each evening.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).