Bemidji State stays perfect in WCHA play, uses 3-1 victory to sweep Alaska

November 05, 20161st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1113
Alaska Fairbanks0101
Scoring Summary
114:36BSUO'Connor, Charlie (Harms, Brendan , Fitzgerald, Gerry)
212:03UAFHeidt,Ross (Basara,Marcus , Van Tetering,Troy)
217:19BSUHarms, Brendan (O'Connor, Charlie , Marinaccio, Phillip)
317:44BSUMarinaccio, Phillip (Billett, Dan )
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUBitzer, Michael60:001021
Statistical ComparisonBSUUAF
Shots on Goal2322
Power Plays2-31-4
Bemidji State stays perfect in WCHA play, uses 3-1 victory to sweep Alaska
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Bemidji State stays perfect in WCHA play, uses 3-1 victory to sweep Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Carlson Center) – It wasn’t always easy, but the No. 18 Bemidji State University men’s hockey team earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, late Saturday, to improve to 8-2-0 overall and to stay perfect, 8-0-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

In a defensive battle, a pair of power-play goals were the difference for the Beavers, who finished the night converting two of three man advantage opportunities.

For the 10th consecutive game, the Beavers were the first to light the scoreboard. Saturday it came off the stick of senior captain Charlie O’Connor at the 14:36 mark of the first period. The power-play goal came with help from Brendan Harms and Gerry Fitzgerald. The assist by G. Fitzgerald made him the first Beaver to 10 points (4g-6a) this season.

The 1-0 lead would stick through the end of the period.

Controlling play for a large portion of the second period, the Nanooks would come back to tie the game at the 12:03 mark. Ross Heidt scored the equalizer with 32 seconds left in UAF’s first power-play opportunity of the night.

Before a penalty-filled second period would end, BSU took a 2-1 advantage. Brendan Harms netted his fourth goal of the season 36 seconds into the Beavers’ third power-play opportunity. G. Fitzgerald and O’Connor were credited with assists on the scoring play.

The Beavers clung to a 2-1 lead early in the third period as Zach Whitecloud and Harms were both whistled for penalties less than four minutes into the frame, setting the Nanooks up with a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:21. The BSU penalty-kill, which opened the game having allowed just one goal on WCHA play this season, was again up to the task and held the one-goal advantage.

Phillip Marinaccio gave the Beavers an insurance goal at the 17:44 mark of the third period, sealing the victory and the series sweep.

Bemidji State now looks to stay atop the WCHA standings Nov. 11-12 as it continues its current road swing and travels to Mankato, Minn. for a WCHA two-game series at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The games will get underway 7:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday from the Verizon Wireless Center.

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.