EMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Junior Aaron Miller scored twice, but the University of Alaska scored three third-period goals to keep Bemidji State University at bay and hand the Beavers their first loss at Sanford Center this season, 5-3.
Justin Young posted two goal to go with an assist, while Steven Jandric chipped in a pair of assists and the game-wining goal to lead the Nanooks for victory. Outshot 37-19 in the contest, Alaska goaltender Gustavs Grigals turned aside 34 BSU shots to give UAF a chance and the Nanooks took advantage of a momentum swing late in the and early in the third to put the game out of reach of a hungry BSU team.
The loss, BSU first since Nov. 15, also snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and the Beavers finish the first half of the 2019-20 schedule 8-5-3 overall and 8-3-1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play to hold down second place in the league standings with 25 points--just two points off the pace set by defending WCHA champion Minnesota State University, Mankato and one point ahead of Alaska and Michigan Tech.
Miller had a hand in all three of the Beavers' goals finished the weekend with five points (2g-3a).
The Beavers now break for the holidays and will return to action Dec. 29-30 when the team travels to Minneapolis, Minn. to complete in the Mariucci Classic. BSU opens the event with a 7 p.m. match up with the University of Minnesota Saturday at Mariucci Arena and will play either Minnesota State or St. Cloud State University Sunday at 4 p.m.