Jan. 14, 2005
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Junior forward Josh Thompson (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High) broke a scoreless tie with 1:58 to play and Simon St. Pierre (Montreal, Quebec/College Bourget) posted his first shutout of the season to lead Bentley College past Sacred Heart 2-0 in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown.
The game looked like it was headed to overtime late in the third period due to two outstanding goaltending performances from St. Pierre and Sacred Heart netminder Kevin LaPointe (Quebec City, Quebec), but then Thompson struck for the game winner. A shot from just inside the blue line by Jaye Judd (Brandon, Manitoba/Crocus Plains) was saved by LaPointe and Thompson was on the doorstep to knock the puck past LaPointe. It was the first goal of the game after more than 58 minutes of scoreless hockey.
Following a Sacred Heart timeout with 1:12 on the clock the Pioneers pulled LaPointe for a second extra skater as they were already on the power play. After shot by St. Pierre, Judd corralled the puck and fired the length of the ice into the empty net to give the Falcons a two goal lead with just 1:01 left in the game.
The first two periods were not without chances, Sacred Heart saw Bentley kill off a five on three opportunity in each of the first two periods. The second period also saw a shot off the post by each team, Kyle Larman (Canton, Mich./Canton-Plymouth HS) for Bentley and Erik Roos (Milford, Conn.) for Sacred Heart. The game would stay scoreless deep into the third period thanks to a couple of spectacular saves by LaPointe, one in particular on a Ryan Mayhew (Owatonna, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's) backhand attempt mid-way through the third period. This would set the stage for Thompson's dramatic winner.
St. Pierre made 28 saves en route to extending his school record with his fifth career shutout, while La Pointe made 30 saves - allowing just one goal.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow night on the back end of the home-and-home weekend series. The puck will drop at 7 PM in Milford, Conn.