FAIRBANKS - Bemidji State rebounded from being shut out one night ago with a shutout of its own on Saturday night with a 4-0 victory against Alaska in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play at the Carlson Center.
The Beavers (8-13-7, 8-8-4 WCHA) ended a three-game winless streak and notched their first win in four tries against the Nanooks (10-12-4, 7-11-2 WCHA) this season.
Cory Ward lit the lamp twice for BSU while Radoslav Illo and Phillip Marinaccio each tallied one goal apiece in the win. Matt Prapavessis and Mark Gerbrandt also dished out a pair of assists each in Bemidji's first win over Alaska since March 11, 1984, when both squads were NCAA Division II members.
Andrew Walsh made 26 stops to up his season record to 6-10-4 while junior goaltender Sean Cahill (Calgary, Alberta/Business Administration) fell to 2-3-1 on the year after making 21 stops in the defeat.
Both teams registered 25 shots on goal and BSU held a 20-13 advantage in blocks while Alaska won the battle in the face-off circle, 30-28. Bemidji's James Hansen and Alaska's sophomore defenseman Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alberta/Business Administration) both tied for a game high with four blocks each.
The Beavers went a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill while going 2-for-3 on the power play, which is where the visitors scored both of their first-period goals.
Illo put Bemidji on the board 2:14 into the game after he fired a wrister between the circles, beating Cahill on the glove side to make it a 1-0 game. Later in the period at 17:02, Marinaccio corralled the puck off a saved shot by Cahill in front and fired it home glove side to double the lead to 2-0.
Ward scored the first of his two goals 5:20 into the second period. Gerbrandt fed Ward the puck in the offensive zone and the league's leading goal-scorer slapped a shot high over Cahill's right shoulder to make it a 3-0 lead for BSU.
Ward scored his 16th goal of the season 1:13 into the final stanza after getting the puck out front from Mattson and backhanding the puck in the net to stretch the lead to four where the score would remain for the rest of regulation.
Alaska continues its two-week home stand next weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, with a two-game set against Alabama Huntsville. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights from the Carlson Center.