WALTHAM, Mass.-The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team defeated Bentley tonight to earn the team's first win of the season as well as its first Atlantic Hockey Association win of the season. The team concludes the series tomorrow as they will face the Falcons for a 6:05 p.m. puck drop.
It would be the Falcons that would jump out to an early 1-0 lead courtesy of Luke Santerno off assists by Dylan Pitera and Will Garin at 1:16. The Pioneers would attempt to tie the game up in the first as they would fire off a total of 12 shots. SHU would espically have a strong opportunity to tie when the Pioneers were on the power-play as Austin Mcllmurray would fire off a pair of shots but they would be either saved or blocked keeping the score 1-0 in favor of Bentley heading into the second period.
The Pioneers would fire back in the second period as redshirt junior Jason Cotton would fire off a shot just 52 seconds into the period that would slip by the goalie to tie the game up at one. Sophomores Marc Johnstone and Matt Tugnutt would come up with the assists on the Cotton goal at :52. But the Pioneer scoring wouldn't stop there as just four minutes later at 4:28 freshman Ryan Steele would fire a shot passed the goalie as Mel Melconian and Jackson Barlient would come up with the assists to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. SHU would close the second still up one as they looked ahead to the third period.
SHU would not stop scoring in the third as it would be freshman Austin Magera that would score the Pioneers third goal of the game at 5:15 while the team was shorthanded to give Pioneers a 3-1 lead. Bentley would attempt to comeback as in the final minute of play Drew Callin who was the extra skater at the time would score for the Falcons to bring the score to 3-2. But the Pioneers defense would hold strong halt the Falcons from scoring again as the team would skate away with the 3-2 victory.