|November 02, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||02:47||UAF||Thompson,Tristan (Hope,Kylar , Newton,Max)|
|1||08:00||UAF||Young,Justin (Hope,Kylar , Thompson,Tristan)|
|1||11:35||BSU||Rosen, Elias (Cardelli, Nick , Brady, Adam)|
|3||19:44||UAF||Cline,Tyler (Newton,Max )|
|Shots on Goal||38||23|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Carlson Center) – University of Alaska goaltender Anton Martinsson made 36 saves and backstopped a Nanook penalty-kill unit that was flawless in seven opportunities to lead UAF to a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State University Saturday. The victory allowed Alaska to salvage a series split with the Beavers which opened Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with the two-game set.
Bemidji State rookie Elias Rosén scored the Beavers’ lone goal just one night after recording the first point of his collegiate career. Brad Johnson posted his third point of the series with an assist on the scoring play, while Nick Cardelli was also credited with a helper.
A game dominated by special teams play, especially early, saw the Nanooks out maneuver the Beavers. Not only did Alaska hold the BSU power-play to a 0-for-7 night, it also collected a short-handed goal and went 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
BSU spent a large portion the first period with an extra skater, but failed to take advantage of its opportunities. UAF was whistled for five penalties during the first period setting the Beavers up with five chances on the man advantage, including 24 seconds of 5-on-3 play. Martinsson and the Nanooks not only kept BSU off the scoreboard, Tristan Thompson gave the Nanooks their first lead of the series just 2:47 into the game on a short-handed goal.
Alaska stretched its lead to 2-0 at the eight-minute mark on a goal by Justin Young.
Despite giving up a rebound goal to Rosén at the 11:35 mark and managing just four shots on goal in the period, UAF owed a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The score remained 2-1 for more than 48 minutes, but with Johnson in the penalty box and the BSU net empty to add an extra attacker, Tyler Cline put the game away for Alaska with a power-play goal with 16 seconds to play.
BSU earned a 38-23 advantage in shots on goal, which included a 19-4 edge in the power-play dominated first period.
On the heels of a career-high 39 saves, Junior Zach Driscoll turned aside 20 of the 22 shots he saw in 59:21 between the pipes but it was not enough. He falls to 1-2-1 on the season.
The Beavers, now 1-3-2 overall and 1-1-0-0 in WCHA play, will return to Sanford Center Nov. 8-9 to host Lake Superior State University for a two-game league series. Friday’s opening faceoff is set for 7:07 p.m., while the series finale will begin at 6:07 p.m.
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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).