ANCHORAGE, Alaska — UNO never led until it mattered.
Johnnie Searfoss scored his second goal of the night with 32 seconds left in overtime as the 16th-ranked Mavericks overcame a pair of two-goal deficits and outlasted last-place Alaska-Anchorage for a 6-5 victory Saturday night to complete a WCHA road sweep.
Matt White set up Searfoss' 10th goal of the season with his fourth assist of the night.
UNO had tied the game with 3:27 left in regulation, after pulling goalie John Faulkner while on a power play for a 6-on-4 advantage. Josh Archibald scored his 17th goal, on assists from White and Ryan Walters.
Alaska-Anchorage scored five goals while UNO had four skaters on the ice — four times on its previously anemic power play and once while the teams were 4 on 4.
The Seawolves had taken a 5-4 lead as Matt Bailey converted a 2-on-1 with Alex Gellert with 13:49 left in the third period for the Seawolves' fourth power-play goal.
Alaska-Anchorage had ranked just 52nd of 59 teams nationally on the power play, with a success rate of 12.6 percent (12 of 95). But the Seawolves converted on 4 of 6 man advantages.
Freshman defenseman Blake Leask scored his first two career goals on long-range power-play shots for Alaska-Anchorage (4-19-7, 2-18-6).
UNO (18-12-2, 14-8-2) grabbed control of second place in the WCHA with 30 points, while Minnesota State-Mankato moved into third with 29 points after completing a sweep of Michigan Tech. Minnesota and North Dakota are tied for fourth with 28 points. UNO has played one game more than Minnesota and two more than North Dakota.
Denver and Wisconsin are tied for sixth with 25 points. The top six teams earn home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
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UNO tied the game 3-3 in the second period, 4-4 early in the third and 5-5 late in the third.
White nearly converted on a snap shot in the closing seconds of regulation.
Alaska-Anchorage had put just 10 shots on goal in a 3-0 loss in Friday's series opener — matching the UNO school record for fewest shots on goal by an opponent — but had 27 shots on goal Saturday, including 11 in its three-goal second period.
Alaska-Anchorage scored first as freshman Blake Tatchell picked up his eighth goal of the season at 11:09 of the first period, depositing the deflection of a Quinn Sproule shot while the teams were skating 4 on 4.
The Seawolves made it 2-0 just 33 seconds into the second period, as Leask scored his first career goal on a shot from the right point.
But UNO got a big answering goal 2:12 later, as Bryce Aneloski took a faceoff win by Alex Simonson and fired a low shot through traffic. Sophomore James Polk tapped in the ricochet while being checked for his third career goal.
But the Seawolves scored their second power-play goal, this one by Derek Docken, to make it 3-1 just under three minutes later.
UNO coach Dean Blais, who had started Dayn Belfour in goal for the third time in four games, brought back Faulkner at that point. Faulkner wound up getting his 53rd career win, tying Dan Ellis' school record.
Back came UNO, as senior captain Brent Gwidt scored for the second straight night to pick up his career-best seventh goal. Andrej Sustr had kept the puck in the offensive zone in the high slot and passed to White, who put a shot on goal. Gwidt scored on the rebound while going down with 7:06 left in the second period.
UNO tied it 1:02 later, as Ryan Walters beat goalie Rob Gunderson for his 19th goal to the short side, after Archibald had collected the rebound of a Nick Seeler drive and moved it to the Hobey Baker Award candidate.
Prosperity didn't last, though, as the Seawolves picked up their third power-play goal, on a low shot from the high slot by Leask with 3:40 left in the second period.
The Mavs tied it again though, at 4-4, finishing off a solid cycle as Searfoss circled around the net and was in position to knock in the rebound of a Gwidt shot to match a career high with his ninth goal.
Aneloski hit a post with a shot about midway through the third period.
UNO was 1 for 6 on its power-play chances.
UNO (18-12-2, 14-8-2).........................0 3 2 1—6
Alaska-Anchorage (4-19-7, 2-18-6)........1 3 1 0—5
First period: 1, UAA, Tatchell 8 (Sproule, Naslund), 11:09 (4on4).
Second period: 2, UAA, Leask 1, 0:33 (pp). 3, UNO, Polk 3 (Simonson, Aneloski), 2:45. 4, UAA, Docken 3 (Kwas, Sproule), 5:37. 5, UNO, Gwidt 7 (White, Sustr), 12:54. 6, UNO, Walters 19 (Archibald, Seeler), 13:56.7, UAA, Leask 2 (Tatchell).
Third period: 8, UNO, Searfoss 9 (Gwidt, White), 1:09. 9, UAA, Bailey 7 (Gellert), 6:11 (pp). 10, UNO, Archibald 17 (White, Walters), 16:33 (pp-ex).
Overtime: 11, UNO, Searfoss 10 (White, Gwidt), 4:28.
Shots on goal: UNO 8-12-14-3-37, UAA 7-11-9-0-27. Power plays: UNO 1-6, UAA 4-6. Penalties-minutes: UNO 6-12, UAA 6-12.
Goalies: UNO, Belfour (11 shots-8 saves), 25:37; Faulkner 15-6-2 (16-14), 37:54. UAA, Gunderson 2-9-4 (37-31), 64:28.