|December 30, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||11:56||UAA||Mason Mitchell (Tad Kozun , Chase Van Allen)|
|1||12:31||UAA||Alex Jackstadt (Matt Anholt , Jarrett Brown)|
|3||08:21||BSU||Marinaccio, Phillip (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Whitecloud, Zach)|
|3||17:17||UAA||Matt Anholt (Tad Kozun , Eric Roberts)|
|Shots on Goal||27||20|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sullivan Arena) -- The University of Alaska Anchorage scored twice during the first period of Friday's series opener, handing No. 15 Bemidji State University a deficit it could not eclipse. The Seawolves went on to earn a 4-1 victory in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest, handing the Beavers their second loss in league play this season.
UAA came out of the gates firing on all cylinders and was the more aggressive team early. The Seawolves posted the first five shots on goal and at the 11:56 mark, caught BSU on its heels when Mason Mitchell gave UAA the lead. That lead swelled to 2-0 just 35 seconds later when Alex Jackstadt beat BSU's goaltender, Michael Bitzer.
The Beavers and Seawolves played a scoreless second period.
Trailing 2-0 to open the third period, Phillip Marinaccio netted his team-leading eighth goal of the year, on the power play, with just over 12 minutes to play, but that was as close as the Beavers would come. UAA added a short-handed goal and an empty-net goal late to seal their fourth victory of the season.
The Beavers finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play as Marinaccio's goal came on BSU's third opportunity of the night. The BSU penalty-kill unit was flawless, snuffing out all five of the Seawolves' chances to extend a streak of perfect play to eight games and 29 opponent opportunities.
Bitzer made 16 saves in the game and was credited with three goals allowed. He falls to 13-6-3 in 2016-17.
The Beavers (13-7-3; 13-2-2-2 WCHA) will attempt to salvage a series split with the Seawolves tomorrow when the teams again take to the Sullivan Arena ice at 4:37 p.m. (CT).
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.