BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (February 5, 2011) – Sacred Heart poured in four goals in the second period, but could not hold on to a 4-1 lead and the Pioneer men's ice hockey team dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Bentley at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Joe Campanelli knocked home the game winner for the Falcons just 47 seconds into the extra frame.
Bentley improved to 8-14-5 overall and 7-10-4 in Atlantic Hockey, while SHU dropped to 4-18-5 and 4-11-5. It was the first loss of the season, in three tries, for the Pioneers at the Arena.
The Falcons pulled their goalie with 1:45 to play in the third and scored with a little more than a minute to play when junior defenseman Mike Switzer blasted a slap shot from the left side to tie the game 4-4.
After a scoreless first period, Sacred Heart junior Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, Man.) tallied his team-leading 11th score of the season at the 8:01 mark of the second. The Falcons responded shortly after with a goal from freshman Brett Gensler, his ninth of the season, 8:43 into the period. The Pioneers would dominate the rest of the period as senior David Berube (Quebec, Que.) and sophomores Kyle Verbeek (Bloomfield, Minn.) and Ben Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) each posted goals.
For Berube, it was his eighth score of the season, coming from Ketchum and sophomore Eric Delong (Oakville, Man.). Verbeek scored on a power play by swatting the puck out of mid-air, off a shot by sophomore defender Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, Minn.). In the final seconds of the period, Ketchum recorded his third goal of the weekend after a stretch pass from Delong sprung him for a breakaway.
In the third, Bentley cut into the Pioneer lead almost immediately with a power play goal by senior Dustin Cloutier, nearly two minutes into the stanza. At the 5:41 mark, freshman defenseman Zach Ledford trimmed the lead to one with a slapshot from the left side that snuck through the SHU defense.
Senior Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) turned away 35 shots on the day for the Pioneers. For the Falcons, senior Joe Calvi started and gave up all four goals, while making just 13 saves. In relief, junior Kyle Rank provided all 11 stops necessary to complete the comeback. Bentley outshot Sacred Heart 40-28.
The Pioneers are back in action next Friday as they host Connecticut for their final game of the season at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 7:05 pm.