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February 3rd, 2009

Strong Third Period Carries Bentley

WEST POINT – Bentley broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the final period and beat Army, 4-1, Saturday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest in front of 2,392 fans at Tate Rink.

Bentley jumped out to a 1-0 lead and then put the game away with three tallies in the final 20 minutes, including a power play and empty-net goal.

The Falcons won their third straight game and improved to 13-12-1 overall and 11-8-1 in conference play by sweeping the weekend series.

Army, playing short-handed again because of the suspension of nine players due to the violation of team rules, fell to 7-16-3 overall and 6-11-3 in league contests.

Owen Meyer scored the Army goal with assists from Zach McKelvie and Will Ryan to tie the game in the second period.

“Absolutely, what we wanted was to be in the game after two periods,” said associate head coach Rob Haberbusch. “We were right there.”

Army goalie Jay Clark made 30 saves, including 23 in the first two periods.

“Jay made some outstanding saves,” said Haberbusch. “We needed him to keep us in the game and he gave us that.”

Bentley goalie Kyle Rank won his seventh game of the season with 24 saves.

Bentley opened the scoring, netting its first goal when Blake Hamilton put home a rebound for his first career tally.

Army tied the game in the second period on the power play. Ryan started the play, moved the puck to McKelvie who fed Meyer. Meyer buried his team-leading 14th goal of the season to make it 1-1 after two periods.

The Falcons started the third period with a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:55 and converted the opportunity when Erik Peterson netted the eventual game-winning goal.

“Any time you have a 5-on-3, it’s going to be difficult,” said Haberbusch. “And when a team has a two-man advantage for almost two minutes it’s a real tall order.”

Bentley added an insurance goal when Dain Prewitt scored an even-strength goal with five minutes left in the game.

Army pulled Clark and had some scoring opportunities but it was Anthony Canzoneri who scored, marking the final tally.

Army will continue its homestand with a pair of games against Canisius at Tate Rink. Games on Friday and Saturday are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
4.5 / 5 (2 Votes)

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