PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Bentley hockey team’s winning streak hit five games after a 3-1 victory over the ECAC’s Brown University on Wednesday night at Meehan Auditorium. Sophomore defenseman Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.) had two goals.
The Falcons scored two more power play goals on the night, and now have eight in their last five games.
Bentley’s five game winning streak, which has seen wins over Robert Morris (two), UMass-Lowell, AIC and now Brown, improved the team’s record to 6-7-3. It matches the team’s longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season.
Bentley led 2-1 going into the 3rd period, and a big penalty kill helped preserve the lead. While on a power play, Bentley was called for two penalties in quick succession, which resulted in 5-on-3 and 5-on-4 opportunities for the Bears. But the Falcon penalty kill saw off both chances and kept the lead intact with 11:34 left by the time the penalties had expired.
Bentley’s blistering power play then struck for the second time, as Brassard’s second goal of the night extended the lead to 3-1 with 9:30 remaining. Sophomore Ryner Gorowsky (Lino Lakes, Minn.) fed him a pass from down low to the top of the right face-off circle, and Brassard one-timed a shot past goalie Gavin Nieto.
Bentley’s penalty kill made it a 4-4 night as they killed off a tripping penalty that started with 2:21 to go to seal the victory.
The Falcons had the best chance of the early going in the first period. A slap shot blast by Gorowsky from the point went wide of the net and off the boards, and the puck found its way to Brendan Hamblet (Hopkinton, Mass.) on the far post. However, Nieto slid across the crease and made a sliding pad save to deny the goal.
Bentley’s power play, which came into the night at a blistering 24.3% on the season, came up empty on its first opportunity, but a tripping penalty on the Bears late in the opening period led to the Falcons’ first goal. 56 seconds into the penalty, defenseman Tanner Jago (Brandon, Manitoba) scored on a shot from the point and just inside the blue line that got through traffic in front of the net. That gave them a 1-0 lead with 1:23 left in the period.
The Falcons took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission and had a 13-4 edge in shots.
Aidan Pelino (Oakville, Ontario) started the 2nd period by making a big save for Bentley to deny Brown right winger Tyler Bird, as Pelino slid across the crease to make a pad save on Bird to deny his scoring chance.
Bentley then jumped out to a 2-0 lead at 8:49 as Brassard scored for the third straight game. Freshman Luke Santerno (Smithers, B.C.) fed him a pass from the point to the top of the right face-off circle. A Brown defenseman slid in front to try and block his shot, but Brassard skated around and snapped off a wrist shot that beat Nieto high and to the stick side for the goal.
Brown got a goal back with 2:31 left in the period as center Sam Lafferty scored on a one-timer from left winger Tommy Marchin, but Bentley still led 2-1 after two periods.
Pelino made 31 saves to claim his fifth straight victory.
Bentley will close out the first half of the season on Saturday when they visit Dartmouth.