Worcester, Mass. – Sophomore Jakov Novak (Windsor, Ontario) broke a 2-2 tie with 6:22 left to lift the Bentley hockey team to a 3-2 road win over Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross on Friday night at the Hart Center.
Novak's 8th goal of the season broke the tie and the Falcons held the lead the rest of the way, including the final 1:25 with an extra-attacker on for Holy Cross, to secure the win and all three points.
The teams traded a goal each in the first two periods, but it was the Falcons that scored the decisive goal in the 3rd period.
Novak and Luke Santerno (Smithers, B.C.) won a battle for the puck from behind the Holy Cross net. Novak gained control of the puck, spun around and shot from a tight angle in the left face-off circle that beat Crusaders goalie Matt Radomsky to the far post for the goal.
Falcons goalie Fraser Kirk (Burlington, Ontario) made 21 saves to earn his, and the team's, 2nd win in a row.
It was Holy Cross that jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a power play goal by right wing Pete Kessel 2:21 into the game. But the Falcons tied it up a little over seven minutes later on the 3rd goal of the season by senior captain Ryner Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.).
Just after a Holy Cross penalty expired Bentley kept the puck in its zone. Senior defenseman Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.) put a shot on net from the point that Brendan Hamblet (Hopkinton, Mass.) first tipped, and then Gorowsky redirected that tip in front of the net past Radomsky for the goal.
In the 2nd period Holy Cross scored first, with the goal by defenseman Mike Higgins. But just before the buzzer at the end of the period, Bentley tied the game up on a shorthanded goal by Hamblet. With about 11 seconds left Holy Cross tried to push the puck up the ice for one more rush, but a turnover in the neutral zone led to Hamblet getting a wrist shot off to the glove side of Radomsky to tie the game 2-2 heading into the 3rd period.
The win improved Bentley's record to 5-8 overall and 3-7 in Atlantic Hockey. They will go for the series sweep when the series shifts to Bentley Arena for tomorrow's game at 4:05.