ANCHORAGE - No. 16-ranked Nebraska Omaha scored a pair of goals in the third period to break open a close affair and claim a 3-0 win over host Alaska Anchorage in a WCHA contest Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.
The Mavericks improved to 17-12-2 overall and 13-8-2 in WCHA play while the Seawolves slipped to 4-18-7 overall and 2-17-6 in league play.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 first-period lead as UNO's Ryan Walters deflected in a pass across the crease from linemate Matt White at 10:04 of the opening frame.
That UNO lead held up through two periods as the squads played to a scoreless draw in the second period.
The Mavericks' Brent Gwidt made it 2-0 at 9:25 of the third. Gwidt came in along the left boards, moved to the middle and almost lost the puck before sliding a backhand just inside the left post.
And then, with the Seawolves pressing the attack, White got loose on a breakaway and scored at 18:39 of the third to put the game on ice.
Though the game was played at a high pace, scoring chances on either side were few - UNO outshot UAA, 19-10. That, combined with just four total penalties, resulted in the game being played in a speedy 2:05. The Mavericks were 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Seawolves did not enjoy a man-advantage opportunity on the evening.
UNO's Dayn Belfour made 10 saves in recording a shutout, while UAA's Chris Kamal was credited with 16 saves.
The two teams will meet in the series ender Saturday night. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. AST.