OMAHA, Neb. - The Bemidji State Beavers got two goals from Matt Read and rode the strong goaltending of Dan Bakala to a 3-2 win over the UNO Mavericks on Saturday night, sweeping the best of three WCHA playoff series, 2-0.
The Mavericks are 21-15-2 on the year and will now wait to see if they receive a bid to the NCAA playoffs a week from Sunday.
The Beavers are now 14-17-5 and advance to the Red Barron WCHA Final Five next week in St. Paul, Minn. They posted a 5-0-1 record against UNO this season, the only league team never to lose to UNO.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third, the Mavericks peppered away at Bakala, hoping to repeat the result from Friday night when they were able to tie the game. But the Beavers held off the Mavs and got some room when Read scored his second of the game on a breakaway at 8:48.
UNO was able to close the gap to one with just eight seconds remaining. With John Faulkner pulled for an extra attacker, Ryan Walters fired home his 11th goal of the year during a netmouth scramble.
But the Mavericks could not get another shot on goal before time expired.
The Mavericks opened the scoring at 9:32 of the first period. Terry Broadhurst had his shot stopped by goalie Bakala but Alex Hudson chipped the rebound to Rich Purslow who fired home his 12th goal of the season.
The Beavers tied the game just 2:02 later. On the power play, Read rifled a shot from the point past a screened Faulkner to make it 1-1.
UNO had a great chance to take the lead back in the dying seconds of the first period, but Bakala sprawled across the goal line to deny Johnnie Searfoss to keep it tied after one.
Bemidji State took its first lead of the game at 8:15 of the second period when Jamie MacQueen was able to knock in a pass from Brad Hunt.
Faulkner took the loss with 17 saves while Bakala made 41 saves, the second night in a row he made more than 40 saves. UNO outshot Bemidji State, 91-37 for the series.