|1st||8:49||AKF||1-0||EV||Justin Woods (6)||Troy Van Tetering/3|
|2nd||4:34||BMJ||1-1||EV||Justin Baudry (3)||Zach Whitecloud/4, Hampus Sjödahl/2|
|2nd||17:34||AKF||2-1||EV||Ryker Leer (3)||Justin Young/3|
|2nd||18:33||BMJ||2-2||PP||Charlie Combs (1)||Gerry Fitzgerald/8, Adam Brady/1|
|3rd||11:45||BMJ||3-2||PP GW||Gerry Fitzgerald (2)||Jay Dickman/3, Adam Brady/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Bemidji State (4-2-2)||2/5||4/8||0|
|Bemidji State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Michael Bitzer (W, 4-2-2)||60:00||2||3||5||14||22|
|Anton Martinsson (L, 3-5-2)||58:47||3||11||7||7||25|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team found themselves in a similar situation to Friday night's game against the Bemidji State University Beavers but unfortunately for the Nooks, the result was not the same, as BSU defeated Alaska 3-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest at the Carlson Center on Saturday night.
The loss drops Alaska's overall record to 3-5-2 and 1-2-1-1 in conference play while Bemidji improves to 4-2-2 overall and 2-1-1-1 in WCHA contests. At the time of article, the Nanooks currently sit in sixth place in the WCHA standings with five points while BSU jumps to fifth place with eight points.
"We talked about it right after the game, we played okay but okay isn't good enough," head coach Lance West said on Saturday. "If I were to evaluate that game, I thought they probably deserved to win that one, in my opinion. I hate to say that but they just had a little bit more in them that we did tonight. We battled and tried but we just didn't have enough inside presence. We played pretty much on the outside for the majority of the game and made it easy on them, last night we were getting on the inside and deflecting a lot of pucks. We're going to learn from it and we did do a lot of good things but we'll move forward from it."
Like Friday, Alaska found themselves in a 2-2 tie with the Beavers halfway through the third period but it was Bemidji's Gerry Fitzgerald who capitalized on the man-advantage to give BSU a 3-2 lead at the 11:45 mark of the third period which eventually led to the game-winning goal.
Special teams proved to one main component to Saturday's game, as the Nooks were held scoreless on the power play and went 0-for-3, while BSU went 2-for-5.
"We haven't won too many specialty teams battles this season and if we don't do that, it's going to be a closer game than we want," West continued. "We have to find a way to stop that one power play goal for the opposing team and score on our own man-advantages. We had some pretty good looks throughout the weekend but just weren't able to put them away."
Redshirt-senior captain Justin Woods opened the scoring in Saturday's conference battle, as the Fairbanks native tallied his sixth goal of the season at the 8:49 mark of the first period. Woods took a shot from the blueline that was eventually blocked by a BSU forward but was able to obtain control of the puck once again before walking below the top of the circle and firing a wristshot through traffic to give the Nanooks a 1-0 lead. Woods' goal on Saturday puts him on a three-game goal streak and he now leads all Alaska players in goals this season. Sophomore forward Troy Van Tetering was awarded the primary assist on Woods' goal.
The second period saw the majority of Saturday's goals being scored, as Bemidji's Justin Baudry tapped in his third goal of the season at the 4:34 mark with a long shot through traffic that slipped past Alaska sophomore goaltender Anton Martinsson to tie the game at 1-1.
Late into the second, junior forward Ryker Leer found himself on a breakaway after rookie forward Justin Young made a saucer pass through the middle of the ice to Leer, who split the BSU defensemen off of a face-off play in Alaska's defensive zone. Leer cleaned up his own rebound on BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer to register his third goal of the season, while Young collected his third assist of the year.
Unfortunately for the Nooks, Bemidji's power play came through as Charlie Combs and Fitzgerald both netted power play tallies to tie the game before sealing their victory and splitting the weekend with the Nanooks.
In net, Martinsson registered 25 saves on the night while Bitzer combined for 22. Bemidji outshot the Nanooks 28-24.
The Alaska Nanooks will hit the road for their only road trip of November this week, as they head to Big Rapids, Michigan for a two-game WCHA series against the Ferris State Bulldogs this Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. Both games are scheduled for a 3:07pm AKT puck-drop.