Sacred Heart Gets Past Bentley in Overtime, 6-5

Jan. 23, 2009

Final Stats

Milford, CT - Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) scored two goals and junior Erik Boisvert (Drummondville, QC) added a goal and two assists to lead Sacred Heart to a 6-5 overtime victory over Bentley in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sophomore Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) scored the game winning goal 1:40 into the extra session.

The roller-coaster game featured 85 shots on goal (44 for the Pioneers, 41 for Bentley), and 13 power plays (eight for Bentley and five for Sacred Heart). Bentley struck first as Erik Peterson picked up a loose puck off a turnover and snapped a shot past Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) to put the Falcons up 1-0 just 1:06 into the game.

SHU answered at the 7:33 mark as Boisvert and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) played a game of give and go down the ice with Boisvert finishing off a one-timer from the top of the circles for his team leading eighth goal of the year. However, Anthony Canzoneri scored on the powerplay with give minutes remaining to give Bentley the lead after one period.

Sacred Heart tied the score again just 2:57 into the second period. Freshman Ryan Miniaci (Monroe, CT) took a pass from Boisvert and one-timed a rocket from the slot past Falcon goaltender Joe Calvi for his first collegiate goal. The Pioneers temporarily took the lead at the 11:32 mark when Gingera slammed home a loose puck in front of the net. However, Aaron Stonacek found the back of the net two minutes later as the teams traded power-play goals and the game was even at three after two periods.

As they did in the second period, the Pioneers started quickly in the third as Jarman put his team ahead just 41 seconds into the stanza. Jarman took a long pass from captain Dave Grimson (Mozart, SK) and put the puck through Calvi's leg for his fourth goal of the year. However, Bentley answered again as Herbie Kent found the back of the net midway through the period to tie the game again.

A wild final period continued as Gingera gave SHU the lead again with six minutes left on an excellent individual play. The rookie grabbed a pass from junior Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) and raced in on goal. As he moved in on Calvi Gingera made a quick stick fake and was able to slide the puck around Calvi's backside and into the far corner of the net. Once again however, Bentley would answer. After Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) was called for slashing, Canzoneri tied the game with 3:12 remaining in regulation.

The Pioneers dominated overtime, out-shooting Bentley 5-0 in the extra session. The game winner came when Knowlton was able to slide the puck through Calvi's pads after a tip-pass from sophomore Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS).

Drew made 36 saves to earn the victory for Sacred Heart as the Pioneers matched their season high with six goals. Calvi stopped 38 shots in a losing effort for the Falcons.

Sacred Heart and Bentley close out their weekend series Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm.