BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - The University of Alaska put the Bemidji State University men's hockey team in an early hole, netting a pair of even-strength goals during the first four minutes of action and the Beavers were never able to recover, dropping the series finale, 5-1, Saturday at Sanford Center.
The loss drops Bemidji State's overall record to 5-9-6, while it is 5-5-3 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. It also extends BSU's winless streak to six games, dating back to a 2-1 victory over Lake Superior State University Nov. 23 (0-2-4).
The Nanook attack was led by defenseman Michael Quinn, who posted a goal and a pair of assists in the victory. A total of 12 UA players etched their name in the scoring column, netting at least a point.
Alec Hajdukovich sparked the Alaska offensive output potting his second goal of the season just 2:30 into the first period. Garrick Perry put UA up 2-0 just 58 seconds later (3:28). The Hajdukovich goal marked the 11th time BSU's opponent has scored first in the Beavers' last 13 games, while Bemidji State's opponents have scored during the first 10 minutes of the first period in seven of those games.
Each team was 0-3 on the power play in the period, while Alaska took a 17-8 edge in shots on goal.
Mired in a second period that saw a total of eight penalties called, Bemidji State struggled to gain the momentum it needed to dig itself out of the two-goal hole. Alaska only added to the frustration by building a four-goal advantage on a pair of power-play markers. Quinn posted his first goal of the season at the 7:43 mark of frame and Colton Parayko added another at the 14:20 mark.
Bemidji State got on the board wit just over four minutes left in the second (15:58) when Markus Gerbrandt (F, So., Edmonton, Alberta) completed a nice odd-man rush by tapping in his ninth goal of the season, snapping an eight-game streak without a goal. Cory Ward (F, So., Las Vegas, Nev.) and Graeme McCormack (So., D, Thunder Bay, Ontario) were credited with assists on the play.
Alaska would get a final goal from Nolan Youngmun just 38 second before time expired on the second period.
The score would remain 5-1 through the final 20 minutes of play as the Nanooks earned their first win in the all-time series (1-3-1) and took the WCHA series.
UA finished the night with a 38-26 edge in shots on goal.
Andrew Walsh (G, Jr., Dawson Creek, British Columbia) made his return to the BSU crease after sitting out of the last four games. He made 33 saves, but allowed all five of the Nanooks' goals in 59:45 of action and was tagged with the loss. He falls to 5-8-3 on the season.
In a game dominated by special teams time, UA won the special teams battle. The Nanooks were 2-for-10 on the power play while they held BSU without a goal on eight man advantage opportunities.
In all, the teams combined for 21 penalties for a 52 minutes and a total of 24:19 of combined power-play time.
The Bemidji State (5-9-6; 5-5-4 WCHA) now breaks for the holidays. The Beavers will return to action Jan. 3-4 when it hosts Northern Michigan University (6-10-2; 4-5-1WCHA). The series will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff set for the series finale.
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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).