Men's Ice Hockey Falls 3-2 to Bentley Snapping Six Game Win Streak

Men's Ice Hockey Falls 3-2 to Bentley Snapping Six Game Win Streak

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team had its six game win streak snapped this afternoon as the Pioneers fell to Bentley by a final score of 3-2. SHU returns to action in the new year on Friday, January 10 when the team travels to face Mercyhurst. Puck-drop is set for 7:05 p.m.

First Period

  • The Pioneers were outshot by Bentley in the opening period as the Falcons took eight shots on goal while SHU tallied seven.
  • Bentley got on the board first with a goal coming late in the period 14:41 in off the stick of Jakov Novak off an assist by Marcus Walter to put Bentley ahead 1-0.
  • Less than three minutes later the Pioneer offense awoke with a power-play goal by sophomore Austin Magera 17:04 into the period to even the score at 1-1.
  • Both defenses were strong as a total of seven blocked shots were recorded in the period as each team was limited to attempts on goal.

Second Period 

  • Both defenses kept holding each team down as the same shots on goal were attempted in the period as SHU was held to seven while Bentley tallied eight on goal.
  • The Falcons broke the 1-1 tie late in the period as Novak scored his second goal of the game off a feed from Luke Santerno with 19 seconds remaining in the period to put Bentley ahead 2-1 heading into the third period.
  • A total of nine blocked shots were taken in the period once again proving the tight defensive play of both sides.

Third Period

  • The Pioneers outshot the Falcons 14 to four in the period.
  • It would be Bentley that struck first in the period as an unassisted goal by Matt Riggleman 5:28 into the period gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead.
  • SHU attempted the comeback as Magera nailed his second goal of the game off a pair of assists by senior Mike Lee and junior captain Marc Johnstone to cut the Bentley lead to 3-2.
  • But the Falcons defense held strong even with the five power-play chances the Pioneers had in the period as they were unable to score on any of the man-advantage opportunities resulting in a 3-2 loss.

Notes 

  • SHU drops to 12-7-1 on the year and the loss snaps the Pioneers six game winning streak.
  • Sophomore goalie Josh Benson tallied 17 saves on 20 shots faced.
  • Sophomore Austin Magera recorded two goals to up his season total to 5 on the year.
  • Senior Mike Lee tallied his 20th assist of the season.