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MEN'S HOCKEY: Nanooks blank Beavers 3-0

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Cody Kunyk scored what turned out to be the game-winning shorthanded goal as Alaska shut out BSU 3-0 Friday night in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday at the Carlson Center.

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Jesse Wilkins made 28 saves for Bemidji State (7-13-7; 7-8-4 WCHA) but it wasn't enough as the Nanooks (10-11-4, 7-10-2 WCHA) had goals from three different players in the win.

Kunyk scored his 13th goal of the season late in the first period following an interference call on teammate Colton Beck.

Jared Larson beat the Beavers to a puck in the corner and Kunyk finished in the slot for a shorthanded one-timer.

BSU outshot Alaska 12-11 in the first frame and hit the post three times but couldn't get a puck past Sean Cahill, who made 27 saves to hand BSU its first shutout of the season.

In the second period Wilkins held the Nanooks off the scoreboard and turned away all nine shots on goal to keep it a 1-0 game going into the final period.

But Alaska dominated play in early the third and scored just 3:31 into the frame. Larsen skated the puck around the net and scored on a virtually open net to make it 2-0.

BSU head coach Tom Serratore pulled Wilkins with just more than three minutes left to help the Beavers try and find the back of the net but it was unsuccessful, as Marcus Basara scored an empty-netter with 8.5 seconds to play to sew up the victory for Alaska.

The Nanooks outshot the Beavers 31-27 in the game and held BSU to 0-for-5 on the power play.

The teams will play the finale at 10:07 p.m. tonight.

Alaska 3, Bemidji State 0

Alaska 1 0 2 -- 3

BSU 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period -- 1, UAF, Kunyk (Larsen), 14:23, SH. Penalties -- BSU, Hansen (Interference), 5:43; UAF, Morley (Interference), 6:27; UAF, Erickson (Roughing), 11:19; UAF, Beck (Interference), 13:29.

Second Period -- No Scoring. Penalties -- Huysmans (Interference), 1:46; BSU, Windle (Holding), 4:21; BSU, Illo (Tripping), 7:24.

Third Period -- 2, UAF, Larson (Huysmans), 16:29; 3, UAF, Basara (Beck), 19:51, EN. Penalties -- UAF, Morley (Slashing), 13:30.

Shots On Goal -- BSU, 12-9-6--27; UAF, 11-9-11--31. Goalies (Shots-Saves), BSU, Wilkins (30-28); UAF, Cahill (27-27). Penalties-Minutes -- BSU, 3-6; UAF, 5-10. Power Plays-Opportunities -- BSU, 0-for-5; UAF, 0-for-3. Faceoffs -- UAF, 30-20. Three Stars -- 1-Cahill (UAF) 2-Larson (UAF); 3-Kunyk (UAF).

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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