BEMIDJI, Minn - Two goals and an assist from sophomore Scott Allen wasn't enough as the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves dropped a 5-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association game to the Bemidji State Beavers Saturday at the Sanford Center.
The Seawolves (2-4-4, 0-3-3 WCHA), who were down 4-1 halfway through the game, retaliated with three unanswered goals - including two on the man advantage - to tie the game 4-4. Unfortunately for the Seawolves, the Beavers (3-5-2, 2-4-2 WCHA) found the game-winning goal in the final minutes to keep UAA winless in WCHA action.
Two first-period goals by Aaron McLeod gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. With just 59 seconds expired on the clock, BSU collected a power-play tally off a McLeod wrister with junior Matt Bailey in the box for slashing. A minute and 34 seconds later, McLeod extended the lead to two with Danny Mattson assisting on both strikes.
Another 59 seconds had expired on the clock in the second frame when Allen cut the lead in half with an unassisted goal, but the Beavers responded 36 seconds later with a tally from Cory Ward and again at 4:13 from Brance Orban for a 4-1 lead.
Docken would return the lead to two with a blueline wrister, beating a screened Mithieu Dugas at12:17. Allen received the first assist, while rookie Blake Tatchell earned his first of two helpers. Tatchell also scored UAA's first goal of the night on Friday.
The Seawolves would bring the game within one at 2:04 of the third period after Alex Gellert, who was questionable to play tonight, received the puck from behind the net on the power play. Sophomore Andrew Pettitt registered his first point of the season, while Bailey collected his second helper of the series.
UAA again went on the man advantage following a checking-from behind major on Jake Areshenko at 13:55 and was able to capitalize. Allen, a local of Edmonton, Alberta, picked up his team-leading sixth goal of the season and knotted the game, 4-4, by deflecting junior Quinn Sproule's shot from the point at 15:40.
The Seawolves would continue to enjoy the 5-on-4 for another 1:13 before Allen was tagged for holding and sent to the box, creating 4-on-4 action for two minutes. Giving BSU its first win in five games was Sam Rendle at 17:30.
Picking up his first loss of the season was junior netminder Rob Gunderson. A local of Lethbridge, Alberta, Gunderson made 18 saves, dropping his record to 1-1-4. Dugas (23 saves) improved to 1-1-1. The Seawolves out shot the Beavers, 27-23 - just the second time UAA has out shot an opponent this season.
UAA went 2-for-4 on the power play, giving them four on the season, while BSU was 1-for-3. The Seawolves and Beavers were each whistled for four infractions.
The three-point night for Allen was his second of the season having posted two goals and an assist on Oct. 20 against Mercyhurst.
Junior forward Brett Cameron missed tonight's game after fracturing his collarbone the previous night and is expected to be out through the holiday season.
The Seawolves return home for a WCHA series against St. Cloud State on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Sullivan Arena. The games are scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m.