Special Teams Sinks Sacred Heart in 6-3 Loss at Bentley
Nov. 13, 2009
Watertown, MA - The Bentley Falcons scored four power play goals and a short handed marker as they defeated the Sacred Heart men’s ice hockey team 6-3 Friday night. Junior goaltender Joe Calvi made 44 saves between the pipes for Bentley as Sacred Heart outshot the Falcons 47-32. Patrick Knowlton (Colorado Springs, CO) scored Sacred Heart’s first goal of the game as he extends his goal scoring streak to three straight games.
Sacred Heart (3-4-1, 2-2-0 AHA) would have the first quality scoring chance of the game early in the first period while on the penalty kill. Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) and Evan Mladenoff (Leawood, KS) broke free on a two-on-one rush. Jarman’s shot was stopped by Falcons goalkeeper Joe Calvi and Mladenoff was not able to put the rebound on net. Later on the same power play Bentley would score the game’s opening goal at the 4:17 mark off a shot from the stick of Aaron Stonacek.
Bentley (3-4-1, 3-2-1 AHA) would extend its lead to 2-0 with eight minutes to play in the period capitalizing six seconds into their next power play opportunity. Brendan Harrison screened SHU goaltender Steven Legatto on the initial shot and slid the rebound past the keeper for his first goal of the season. The Pioneers and Falcons swapped fortune later in the first period on a Sacred Heart power play as Legatto stopped a short-handed breakway chance for the Falcons. Sacred Heart would score on its next rush up the ice as Knowlton found the back of the net with assists from Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) and Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) to make it a 2-1 game at the first intermission.
The Falcons would score their third straight power play goal 39 seconds into the middle period on a Marc Menzione marker. Bentley would keep its special teams rolling as they extended their lead to 4-1 on another power play tally from Harrison, the goal would chase Legatto from the game as Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, QC) would take over between the pipes.
The Pioneers would keep the trend going as Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) lit the lamp after a rebound from an Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN) shot for SHU’s second man advantage goal of the game and sixth overall. Sacred Heart made it a one goal affair with the game’s first even strength goal at the 9:51 mark. Gingera made a rush up the left side of the Falcons defense and put the puck across to Mladenoff who beat Calvi for his second goal of the season.
Bentley would strike first in the third period on a short handed break away from Menzione 8:45 into the final frame to make it a 5-3 game. The Falcons would commit a tripping penalty seconds later to give the Pioneers a two man advantage for 35 seconds. Sacred Heart would not be able to capitalize on either power play and would finish the game two for nine with the extra attacker. Bentley would seal the game with 6:39 to play as Joe Campanelli banged home a rebound in front of the net to bring the score to 6-3.
Sacred Heart will try and salvage a series split in the weekend finale tomorrow night in Watertown, MA. Game time is set for 7:05 pm.