WATERTOWN, Mass. – Freshman Tyler Deresky (Flemington, N.J./Amarillo Bulls) scored 2:18 into overtime to give the Bentley hockey team a wild 5-4 victory over visiting Army Saturday night in Atlantic Hockey play to sweep the weekend series.
A power play goal by sophomore Andrew Gladiuk (White Rock, B.C./Nanaimo Clippers) at 7:56 of the third period gave the Falcons a seemingly comfortable 4-1 cushion. However, Army scored three times in the final 7:45, including the equalizer by freshman Clint Carlisle with 56 seconds left with an extra-attacker on the ice, that made the score 4-4.
But Deresky came to the rescue in overtime with his second goal in as many nights. After Army pressured the Bentley net with a couple of good chances, the Falcons broke down the other end of the ice. The break created a shot for junior Alex Kubiak (Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago Steel) that was saved by Army goalie Parker Gahagen. Only Gahagen left a big rebound that Deresky struck into the back of the net for the winning goal.
The victory improves Bentley's Atlantic Hockey record to 14-5-4. They'll enter the second to last weekend of the regular season in second-place in the standings with 32 points, just two back of first-place Mercyhurst. The Black Knights fall to 3-20-0 in AHA play.
It was a tight 2-1 game after two periods, with the Falcons in front after sophomore Derek Bacon (Calgary, Alberta/Okotoks Oilers) scored a power play goal at 17:15 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie. That was Bentley's first of three power play goals on the night, and they went 3-6 overall.
In the third period, Bentley took advantage of a five-minute major penalty on Army with two goals by Gladiuk to take a 4-1 lead. The first goal came at 5:51 after a great cross-ice feed from the blue line by defenseman Steve Weinstein (Los Angeles, Calif./Vernon Vipers) to set the goal up. The assist was the 32nd of the season for Weinstein, breaking the school's single-season record of 31.
Gladiuk struck again, this time in a 5-on-3 situation, at 7:56 on a similar play with Weinstein and defenseman Matt Blomquist (Blaine, Minn./Coulee Region Chill) getting the assists, one of three on the evening for Blomquist.
Sophomore Joe Kozlak got the Black Knights to within 4-2 with a goal at the 12:15 mark. Army then used its special teams to stunningly tie the game in the final four minutes.
Kozlak scored again, this time on the power play, at 15:58 to make it a one-goal game at 4-3. Bentley then took a penalty at 17:43, and Gahagen was pulled in favor of the extra-attacker at 18:42 to create a 6-on-4 opportunity. Army took advantage after a Bentley turnover in its own zone as Carlisle scored at 19:04 to make it a 4-4 game.
Falcons goalie Branden Komm (Williamsville, N.Y./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 28 saves to earn his 16th win of the season, while he also made his 50th straight start in goal.
Bentley will go for its fourth straight win next Friday when they open a home-and-home series at Sacred Heart at the Milford Ice Pavilion.