Seawolves swept by No. 20 Bemidji State

UAA opened Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with an away series against the 20th-ranked Bemidji State Beavers, who is undefeated in the conference.

The Beavers fended off the Seawolves’ late rally in the first game as UAA fell 2-1 in overtime. BSU opened the game with a power-play goal off of a rebound and retained the Seawolves from being able to push the puck for most the game. As the clock was dwindling in the third period, forward Matt Anholt kept the game alive for the Seawolves with a backdoor goal with the help of Jonah Renouf to tie the game up at 1.

During extra time, the more aggressive Beavers pounced on a 3-1 rush powered by Phillip Marianccio. Marianccio found a clean look at the net and put away the game two minutes and five seconds into the OT.

UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha blocked 31 shots in Saturday night's 4-0 loss to Bemidji State. Photo credit: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Seawolves goaltender Olivier Mantha did all he could to keep UAA within reach, knocking away a total of 32 shots throughout the night.

Although, UAA did not do a great job keeping the pressure off of him. They spent a whopping 34 minutes in the penalty box and were short-handed for 14 minutes.

Wins are not easy to come by, especially within the conference. Toss-up games like this are crucial to win, as they will play a role in playoff seeding later into the season. Fortunately, the Seawolves had another crack at Bemidji State the following night.

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However, the unenthused Seawolves found themselves in the L column again on Saturday. Three goals in the third period for BSU in the third period locked up a 4-0 win and brought out the brooms for a sweep.

Beavers ’tender Michael Bitzer picked up the shutout, and the Seawolves did not make it a difficult one. UAA had just 17 shots on goal, their second fewest of the young season.

The Seawolves return home for the first time in nearly a month when they host Alabama Huntsville on Nov. 4 and 5.