Waltham, Mass. – Bentley pushed its unbeaten streak to a program record 10 games, and its winning streak to six, with a 3-2 overtime victory over Canisius on Friday night at Bentley Arena.
Junior Jonathan Desbiens (Montreal, Quebec) scored the winner 3:30 into overtime, his 7th straight game with a goal.
The Falcons are now 8-0-2 in the last 10, which sets a new program record unbeaten streak at Division I. The team is now 13-11-3 overall and 12-7-2 in Atlantic Hockey, which moves them up to second place in the standings.
The winner in OT started in Bentley's defensive zone with freshman Luke Orysiuk (Edmonton, Alberta) passing to defenseman Tanner Jago (Brandon, Manitoba). Jago pushed the puck up the ice and fed Desbiens in the neutral zone. Desbiens skated into the offensive zone down the right wing and split two Canisius defenders. He then got a shot off above the face-off circles that beat Canisius goalie Matt Ladd to give the Falcons the 3-2 victory.
After a scoreless first period, Bentley fell behind 1-0 just past the halfway point of the 2nd period, as Canisius' Matt Hoover tipped in a shot that came from Dylan McLaughlin.
The Griffs took that 1-0 lead into the 3rd period, where the teams traded goals over a six minute span. Bentley's Matt Riggleman (Milford, Mich.) tied it at the 9:31 mark when he tipped in a shot from defenseman Brett Orr (Elkhorn, Manitoba). Jake Kauppila (Gurnee, Ill.) helped set the goal up with a big hit behind the net to regain possession of the puck for Bentley.
Just over four minutes later, Bentley took a 2-1 lead when freshman Brendan Walkom (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored from a tough angle along the right hand side. Jago set the goal up with a long cross-ice pass from the left point to Walkom down in the right corner. His 4th goal of the year came at the 13:36 mark.
Canisius though would tie the game 2-2 on a power play goal by right winger Austin Alger less than two minutes after Walkom's goal.
Falcons goalie Aidan Pelino (Oakville, Ontario) made 20 saves to earn the win, his 12th of the season.
Bentley will look to keep the unbeaten and winning streak going tomorrow when they host Canisius again, with the game set to start at 4:05 pm.