BOSTON, Mass. – The Bentley University hockey team won at Frozen Fenway for the 2nd straight time, as they defeated Atlantic Hockey leaders Army West Point 3-1 on Thursday night. Captain Max French (West Kelowna, B.C./West Kelowna) had two assists, while junior goalie Jayson Argue (Swan River, Manitoba/Nanaimo) outdueled Army's Parker Gahagen with 25 saves. Freshman defenseman Brett Orr (Elkhorn, Manitoba/Portage) put the game away with an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining, his 1st career goal.
With the Falcons holding onto a 2-1 lead late in the 3rd period, which they earned on goals by defenseman Alexey Solovyev (Moscow, Russia/Lone Star) and Drew Callin (Middleton, Wisc./Janesville), Army pulled Gahagen with 50 seconds left.
Army had the puck in its offensive zone for most of that time, and Argue turned away a shot by defenseman Ryan Nick. With time running down, Orr was able to gain control of the puck while still in Army's end, and flung a shot the length of the ice that settled into the empty net to seal the win for the Falcons.
It took Bentley just 6:16 into the 1st period to jump out to a 1-0 lead on Solovyev's 5th goal of the season, which was assisted by French and Ryner Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn./Fairbanks). French fed Solovyev just inside the blue line and on the left face-off circle. The defenseman had space shoot, and uncorked a wrist shot that beat Gahagen top shelf.
Bentley took that 1-0 lead into the locker rooms after the first 20 minutes with a 10-8 edge in shots.
After the break, the Falcons struck again early in the period, with a power play goal from Callin at 4:18. Kyle Schmidt (Menomonee Falls, Wisc/Sioux City) got the goal started with a pass from the blue line down to Jonathan Desbiens (Montreal, Quebec/West Kelowna) in the left corner, along the boards. Desbiens then spotted Callin open in front of the net, and fired a centering pass that Callin lifted past Gahagen for a 2-0 lead.
Just past the halfway point of the 2nd frame, Bentley was hit with two penalties just seven seconds apart, which gave the Black Knights a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. The Falcon penalty kill held firm for most of it, but with 13 seconds left on the two-man advantage, left wing Zach Evancho ripped a shot past Argue to get Army on the board at 12:20.
That's all Argue would allow though, as he finished the 2nd period with 10 saves and the 3rd period with 7.
The victory marked the 2nd in as many games for Bentley at Frozen Fenway, after they defeated Holy Cross 3-2 during the 2013-14 season.
Now with a 4-6-3 record in Atlantic Hockey games, Bentley will go for the series sweep tomorrow night at the JAR for a 7:05 start.