O'Connor Scores a Pair as Bemidji State Defeats Alaska, 6-1
Charlie O'Connor scores two goals for Beavers

Sophomore Nate Arentz had a goal and an assist for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:30  BMJ1-0 EV Matt Prapavessis (2)Brendan Harms/2, Sam Rendle/1
1st 11:53  AKF1-1 EV Nolan Kaiser (2)Tyler Morley/4, Colton Parayko/2
2nd 4:16  BMJ2-1 EV GW Nate Arentz (1)Markus Gerbrandt/3, Sam Rendle/2
2nd 19:54  BMJ3-1 EV Brendan Harms (3)Nate Arentz/2
3rd 7:06  BMJ4-1 SH Charlie O'Connor (2) -
3rd 12:06  BMJ5-1 EV Phillip Marinaccio (1) -
3rd 15:05  BMJ6-1 EV Charlie O'Connor (3)Ruslan Pedan/3, Graeme McCormack/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska  1001
Bemidji State  1236
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska  812727
Bemidji State  711624
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (5-2-0)  0/6 3/6 0
Bemidji State (2-3-0)  0/2 6/15 1
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 3-1-0)60:006 69318
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Bitzer (W, 2-1-0)60:001 712726

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Charlie O'Connor scored twice, while Nate Arentz and Brendan Harms each added a goal and an assist and San Rendle posted two assists to lead the Bemidji State University men's hockey team to a 6-1 victory over University of Alaska to open the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season Friday at Sanford Center.

Nine different BSU players logged at least a point to help the Beavers record their first six-goal game since a 6-1 triumph over University of Alabama-Huntsville Oct. 25, 2013 and snap a three-game losing skid. O'Connor, who netted just two goals in all of his freshman season, posted a short-handed goal early in the third and scored again late in the period to put the game out of reach for the Nanooks.

Tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play, Arentz stuck with the puck out of a scrum in front of the net to score the eventual game-winning goal-the first of his collegiate career-4:16 into the second.

After a dominant period of action, the Beavers completely stole momentum when Harms potted his third goal of the season with just six seconds left in the frame to go up 3-1.

Whistled six times for 15 minutes of penalties, the Beavers' penalty-kill unit played a key role in the victory. BSU snuffed out all six of the Nanooks' power-play opportunities and piled up a total of 15-blocked shots.

Bemidji State's power play was also held scoreless in the game, failing to net a goal on either of its man-advantage opportunities and managed just one shot on the power play.

Outshot 27-24 in the game, BSU freshman goaltender Michael Bitzer earned his second victory of the season, stopping 26 Alaska shots. He improved to 2-1-0.

The Beavers, which climbed to 2-3-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in league play, will face the same Alaska (5-1-0; 0-1-0 WCHA) team tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. to wrap up the WCHA series.