January 25, 20131st2nd3rdFinal
Nebraska Omaha2215
Bemidji State1113
Scoring Summary
101:39BSUBrady Wacker (Aaron McLeod )
106:50UNOJaycob Megna (Johnnie Searfoss )
118:47UNOMatt White (Andrej Sustr , Josh Archibald)
202:21UNOJames Polk (Brent Gwidt , Bryce Aneloski)
203:01BSUJordan George (David Boehm , Jeff Jubinville)
209:21UNOMatt White (Jaycob Megna , Ryan Walters)
305:27BSUSam Rendle
319:54UNOJohnnie Searfoss (Ryan Walters , Matt White)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
UNOJohn Faulkner60:003022
BSUAndrew Walsh58:484026
BSUTEAM1:12010
Statistical ComparisonUNOBSU
Shots on Goal3125
Power Plays0-10-3
Penalties-Minutes3-61-2
No. 14 Mavericks outlast Beavers 5-3
Friday, January 25, 2013
No. 14 Mavericks outlast Beavers 5-3

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The University of Nebraska-Omaha got two goals and an assist from Matt White, while Johnnie Searfoss and Jaycob Megna each pitched in a goal and helped on another to help the Mavericks hold off a late charge by Bemidji State University and earn a 5-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) victory at Sanford Center Friday.

The Beavers opened the series in front of their largest crowd of the season (3,536) and it took just 99 seconds and a shot to get the Sanford Center faithful behind them. Brady Wacker (Sr., D, Jansen, Saskatchewan) put BSU ahead on his first goal since Jan. 14, 2012 when Aaron McLeod (Sr., F, Ottawa, Ontario) won an offensive zone faceoff to the blue line. Wacker wound up and unleashed a seeing-eye blast that found its way to the back of the net. It was the senior defender's first goal of his senior season.

UNO bounced back to close the period with goals from Jaycob Megna at the 6:50 mark and Matt White at 18:47 and take 2-1 cushion into the second session.

Megna’s shot from the top of the left faceoff circle trickled through the pads of BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, British Columbia) to tie the game early and White redirected a shot from the point past the BSU goaltender before time ran out on the period.

The Mavericks dominated play early in the second and stretched their lead to 3-1 2:21 into the second on a goal by James Polk. Brent Gwidt an Andrew Schmidt were credited with assists on the play.

BSU trimmed the Mavericks' lead to a goal, 3-2, when David Boehm (Sr., F, Naples, Fla.) found Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Wis.) on the top crease with a backhand pass from behind the net. The goal stood as the eighth of the season for George an the 57th of his career. He remains eight goals shy of Mattread's Division I-era goal scoring record at BSU (65).

White scored his second goal of the night at the 9:21 mark of the second period to give UNO a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

UNO opened the final period with a commanding 25-16 edge in shots on goal, but Bemidji State started getting the bounces it needed. Aided by two power-play opportunities, BSU outshot the Mavericks 9-6 in the frame.

Sam Rendle (So., D, Grand Rapids, Minn.) helped the Beavers again reel Nebraska-Omaha to within a goal, 4-3, at the 5:27 mark of period when he fired a shot from outside the blue line that took a fortunate bounce into the goal.

BSU would get a third power-play opportunity late and had a couple near misses with an extra attacker, but could not sink the equalizer before UNO's Searfoss scored an empty-net goal to put the game out of reach with six seconds to go.

The Beavers finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play, extending its string of games without a goal on the man advantage to three (0-for-15).

UNO also came up dry on its only power-play chance of the night.

The Mavericks finished the game with a 31-25 edge in shots on goal.

Walsh dips to 4-9-4 on the season stopping 26 shots in 58:48 of play. John Faulkner, the Mavericks’ goaltender, finished the night with 22 saves and three goals allowed to improve to 12-4-2 in 2012-13.

Despite taking the loss, the Beavers still own a 8-7-4 lead in the all-time series and is 7-2-4 in the last 13 meetings between the teams. BSU is 2-2-1 versus the UNO in games played in Bemidji, Minn.

The Beavers and Mavericks will settle the series tomorrow when they meet at 7:07 p.m.at Sanford Center.

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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).

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