|December 07, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||09:34||UAF||Young,Justin (Jandric,Steven , Newton,Max)|
|1||11:06||BSU||Kirkup, Tyler (Miller, Aaron )|
|2||05:59||BSU||Miller, Aaron (Vold, Tyler , Johnson, Brad)|
|2||10:19||UAF||Leiter,Colton (Jandric,Steven )|
|3||07:15||UAF||Leiter,Colton (Young,Justin , LaDouce,James)|
|3||10:48||UAF||Jandric,Steven (Newton,Max , Jandric,Chris)|
|3||18:55||UAF||Young,Justin (Kalkis,Roberts )|
|Shots on Goal||19||37|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Junior Aaron Miller scored twice, but the University of Alaska netted three third-period goals to keep the Bemidji State University men’s hockey team at bay and hand the Beavers their first loss at Sanford Center this season, 5-3.
Justin Young posted two goals to go with an assist, while Steven Jandric chipped in a pair of helpers and the game-winning tally to lead the Nanooks to victory. Outshot 37-19 in the contest, Alaska goaltender Gustavs Grigals turned aside 34 BSU shots to give UAF a chance and the Nanooks took advantage of a momentum swing late in the second and early in the third to put the game out of reach.
The loss, BSU’s first since Nov. 15, also snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) as the Beavers finished the first half of the 2019-20 schedule 8-5-3 overall and 8-3-1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play to hold down second place in the league standings with 25 points--just two points off the pace set by defending WCHA champion Minnesota State University, Mankato and one point ahead of Alaska and Michigan Tech.
Miller had a hand in all three of the Beavers' goals finished the weekend with five points (2g-3a).
Young got the Nanooks on the scoreboard at the 9:34 mark of the first period to finish off a tick-tac-toe passing play through the zone. The lead would only last 1:28. After Miller forced a turnover and the puck caromed off an Alaska defender, it found Tyler Kirkup's stick and he fired a point-blank shot past Grigals.
The scored remained locked at 1-1 until Miller converted a Nanook penalty into a power-play goal. The junior took a pass on the goal line extended and placed an odd-angle shot into the back of the net. The Nanooks matched the Beavers on a Colton Leiter marker to send the teams into the final 20 minutes of play tied 2-2.
Leiter opened third with his second goal of the night to put the Nanooks up 3-2. That lead would swell to 4-2 on Jandric's second tally of the night. The power-play goal came just 31 seconds into a five-minute major penalty. Despite being a penalty-killer short, the BSU unit killed the remainder of the penalty to keep the Beavers within striking distance. At the 17:07 Miller struck again picking off an Alaska pass in the neutral zone, splitting a pair of defenders and beating the Nanook goaltender to cut the BSU deficit in half.
Trailing 4-3, Bemidji State called timeout with just under two minutes to play and elected to pull its goaltender to get an extra skater on the ice. Young and the Nanooks would foil the plan and record an empty-net goal with 65 seconds to play to land the score at 5-3.
The Beavers now break for the holidays and will return to action Dec. 29-30 when the team travels to Minneapolis, Minn. to complete in the Mariucci Classic. BSU opens the event with a 7 p.m. match up versus the University of Minnesota Saturday at Mariucci Arena and will play either Minnesota State or St. Cloud State University Sunday at 4 p.m.
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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).