PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Luke Santerno (Smithers, B.C.) and Kyle Schmidt (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.) scored third period power play goals to lift Bentley to a 4-3 victory over Robert Morris in game two of the Atlantic Hockey first round Saturday night. The win tied the series 1-1 and forces a decisive game three on Sunday night.
Bentley trailed 3-2 going into the third period. But that deficit turned into a 4-3 lead in just 2:23 as Santerno first scored on the power play at 1:00, and Schmidt followed 1:23 later to give Bentley the lead.
The Falcons held onto the lead the rest of the way to secure the win, and to force the deciding game three tomorrow night. The last time Bentley played a game three was last season in the first round as well, when they defeated Sacred Heart 3-2 in double overtime.
Santerno's tying goal on the power play came on a rebound he put past RMU goalie Francis Marotte, after Marotte made a save on a shot by Bentley defenseman Tanner Jago (Brandon, Manitoba). The goal was Santerno's 12th of the season. Alexey Solovyev (Moscow, Russia) had an assist as well.
RMU's Spencer Dorowicz was then called for hooking at the 2:04 mark, and it took Bentley just 19 seconds to cash in and take the lead. Schmidt's goal was similar to Santerno's, a rebound off a pad save by Marotte from a shot by defenseman Jago from the point that was first deflected by Santerno.
RMU scored the game's first goal 1:57 into the first period off the stick of Luke Lynch. Bentley though scored twice over the rest of the period to lead 2-1 at the first intermission. Defenseman Charlie Marchand (Calgary, Alberta) scored at 9:58 off a rebound from a shot by junior center Cody DePourcq (Penticton, B.C.). Freshman Michael Zuffante (Bloomingdale, Ill.) had an assist as well. With 26 seconds left in the period, sophomore Jonathan Desbiens (Montreal, Quebec) scored off a steal he made behind the RMU net for his 12th goal of the season.
Falcons goalie Aidan Pelino (Oakville, Ontario) made 29 saves to earn the win.