WATERTOWN, Mass. – A pair of first period goals by Army proved to be the difference Saturday night as the Black Knights came away with a 3-1 win over Bentley University in Atlantic Hockey play at Ryan Skating Arena.
Army netted first period goals off of turnovers in Bentley's defensive zone, from senior Mark Dube at 5:38 and senior Danny Colvin at 19:21.
Bentley got back in the game in the second period as sophomore Brett Gensler (St. Charles, Mo./Youngstown Phantoms) cut the lead in half at 8:59 with his 10th goal of the campaign. Goalie Ryan Leets couldn't handle the rebound from a slap shot by senior Trent Bonnett (Butler, Pa./Mahoning Valley Phantoms), and Gensler buried the rebound.
The goal was Gensler's 30th point of the season and capped a week where he had eight points on four goals and four assists in three games.
But Bentley, playing its fifth game in nine days, couldn't muster much offense on the night outside of the goal.
Army increased its lead back to two goals when junior Andy Starczewski scored on the power play at 3:56 of the third period.
The Falcons had almost four minutes of continued time on the power play, starting with Maurice Alvarez's penalty for holding at 8:04, but couldn't create any quality scoring chances.
Bentley falls to 8-12-6 overall and 8-6-5 in Atlantic Hockey, while the Black Knights up their record to 3-15-7 overall and 2-13-5 in Atlantic Hockey games.
They'll look to bounce back next Friday night when they host Sacred Heart at 7:05 for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Pioneers.