|November 02, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||15:34||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Dickman, Jay , Harris, Brendan)|
|3||19:05||BSU||Sillinger, Owen (Eichstadt, Dillon , Miller, Aaron)|
|Shots on Goal||31||18|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sullivan Arena) – Goals were hard to come by on the big ice of Sullivan Arena Friday as Bemidji State University met with the University of Alaska-Anchorage to open a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series. The goaltenders combined for 48 saves and kept special teams a non-factor into the final three minutes of the game, but BSU rookie Owen Sillinger found the back of the net in the first period to give BSU all the offensive it would need and tipped in a 5-on-3 goal late to provide insurance as the Beavers opened the two-game set with a 2-0 victory.
Sillinger’s two-goal night gives him a team-best three tallies on the season, while linemate sophomore Aaron Miller posted an assist on each goal to recorded his second straight multi-point game and increase his team scoring lead to five points (2g-3a).
BSU’s sophomore goaltender Henry Johnson turned aside 18 shots for his first collegiate shutout and improves to 2-1-0 on the season.
The victory gives BSU four consecutive victories over UAA as the Beavers have won 10 of the last 11 versus the Seawolves.
BSU struggled to get pucks deep in the UAA zone early and failed to generate good offensive opportunities in the first, but for just the second time this season BSU scored first. With 4:05 left in the first period, Jay Dickman fired a puck on goal and the Seawolves’ netminder Brody Claeys was unable to control the rebound. Sillinger was in front of the net to chop a backhand shot in for his second goal of the season. The 1-0 lead would last to the horn as the Beavers outshot UAA 7-4 in the frame.
The Seawolves spent long stretches pinned in their defensive zone in the second and were out shot 13-6, BUS BSU was unable to add to its lead.
The Beavers played nearly 50 minutes without taking a penalty, but midway through the third period, BSU was whistled for back-to-back infractions to test their penalty-kill. The unit stood tall to do their part to help preserve the shutout.
BSU also got another shot for its power-play unit late and it would pay off. At 17:45 mark of the third period Carmine Buono went to the box for interference to supply the Beavers with a man advantage. Fifty seconds later the Seawolves took a too many men penalty to put the Beavers on a 5-on-3 opportunity. With 55 seconds left, Dickman would connect with Sillinger to put the game out of reach for UAA.
BSU’s penalty-kill unit finished the night 2-for-2, while the Beavers’ power-play crew was 1-for-4 to win the special teams battle.
The Beavers (3-1-1; 2-1-0-0 WCHA) will return to Sullivan Arena tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. (CST) to wrap up the WCHA series in search of its first series sweep of the young 2018-19 season.
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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).