|November 03, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||Final|
|1||17:52||UAF||Vieth,Austin (Marino,Kyle , Frye,Zach)|
|1||18:32||BSU||Baudry, Justin (Fitzgerald, Gerry , Fitzgerald, Myles)|
|2||14:04||UAF||Woods,Justin (LaDouce,James , Jandric,Steven)|
|2||15:51||BSU||Dickman, Jay (Combs, Charlie , Fitzgerald, Gerry)|
|3||05:57||BSU||Bauman, Kyle (Baudry, Justin , Eichstadt, Dillon)|
|3||15:19||UAF||Frye,Zach (Van Tetering,Troy , Heidt,Ross)|
|4||01:24||UAF||Staley,Chad (LaDouce,James , Van Tetering,Troy)|
|Shots on Goal||31||27|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Carlson Center) – The University of Alaska held an advantage for just two minutes and 20 seconds but the Nanooks found a way to lead when it mattered and stole a Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory from Bemidji State University late Friday to open a two-game league series, 4-3. Chad Staley scored just 1:24 into overtime to break the tie and hand BSU its first loss in 2017-18 league play.
The Bemidji State special teams units put the Beavers in position to win, going 2-for-5 (.400) on the man advantage and holding the Nanooks without a goal on three chances, but a 5-on-5 goal with just 4:41 left in the game erased BSU’s lead and set the table for an Alaska win in the extra frame.
Myles Fitzgerald led BSU collecting two assists in the game to headline a group of seven Beavers who recorded a point.
After nearly 18 minutes of play, the Nanooks drew first blood. Austin Veith scored an even-strength goal at 17:52 on assists from Kyle Marino and Max Newton. But the Alaska lead would last only 40 seconds. Justin Baudry netted his second goal of the season at the 18:32 mark with assists from M. Fitzgerald and Gerry Fitzgerald.
The teams opened the second period locked in a 1-1 tie.
Alaska jumped back out to a one-goal lead at the 14:04 mark of the second on a Justin Woods goal. Again, the Beavers answered. The Nanooks’ Tristan Thompson was escorted to the penalty box at the 14:53 mark and Jay Dickman made good on the power-play opportunity 58 seconds later. Charlie Combs and Zach Whitecloud were credited with assists on the scoring play to sent the teams into the final 20 minutes of play tied at 2-2.
Bemidji State took its first lead of the game at the 5:57 mark of the third period when Kyle Bauman scored a power-play goal. The goal marked his fifth in BSU’s last five contests and stands as his team-leading fifth of the season.
The BSU lead would hold for more than 10 minutes, but with just under five minutes to play, Zach Frye scored to even the score and send the game to overtime.
Alaska would make good in the 5-on-5-overtime period to take all three points in the WCHA standings.
Bemidji State, 3-2-2; 1-1-1-1 WCHA, will attempt to split the series tomorrow as BSU and Alaska will complete the WCHA series. Opening faceoff is set for a 10:07 p.m. (CST) at the Carlson 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).