Feb. 15, 2014
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Second-place Bentley withstood a furious Army comeback to collect a 5-4 overtime win in the second game of an Atlantic Hockey Association home-and-home series Saturday night at Ryan Arena. The Black Knights erased a 4-1 deficit in the final 7:45 of regulation, but gave up the game-winning goal 2:18 into overtime to fall on the road.
Making his fifth collegiate start, rookie Parker Gahagen made 35 saves for the Black Knights. Sophomore forward Joe Kozlak netted a career-high two goals, while rookies C.J. Reuschlein and Clint Carlisle accounted for Army's other two sores. Carlisle's game-tying tally came with 56 seconds remaining in regulation and forced the overtime period.
Reuschlein and Carlisle each added a pair of assists as both tallied a career-high three points. With two assists on the night, junior defenseman Maurice Alvarez rounded out a group of four multiple-point scorers for Army (3-24-0, 3-20-0 AHA).
The Black Knights scored on three of four power play chances and won 32 of 63 face-offs. Bentley (16-10-4, 14-5-4 AHA) held a 40-32 advantage in shots and got 28 saves from starting goaltender Brendan Komm.
Andrew Gladiuk scored twice for the Falcons, while Steve Weinstein added two assists.
For the second night in a row, Reuschlein got Army on the board as he beat Komm on the power play 11:20 into the contest. The one-goal lead stood as time wound down on the opening period, but the Jared Rickord's goal with 17 seconds left in the period leveled the score at 1-1 at intermission.
The teams played through a physical 17-plus minutes of scoreless hockey to open the second, but it was Bentley getting a lucky bounce to take its first lead of the night, 2-1. Derek Bacon was credited with the power play goal at 17:15 of the second, and the 2-1 advantage stood after 40:00 of play.
The Falcons' lead grew to 3-1 six minutes into the third period and 4-1 just over two minutes later on a 5-on-3 chance.
Just when Bentley appeared to have put the game out of Army's reach, the first of Kozlak's two goals at 12:15 gave the Black Knights a boost and sliced the deficit in half, 4-2. Carlisle earned the assist, feeding Kozlak stick side in transition for the score. Kozlak's second goal came with 4:02 remaining in regulation and on the power play. The Duluth, Minn., native redirected Alvarez's shot past Komm to make it a 4-3 game.
With just over a minute to play in regulation and Gahagen out of the Army net, Bentley looked to clear the puck out but a costly turnover placed it on Komm's doorstep instead. Carlisle corralled and beat Komm with the equalizer 19:04 into the third period as the Black Knights hung on to force overtime.
Gahagen made two saves in the early going of overtime, but Bentley's Tyler Deresky would solve him 2:18 into the 5:00 session to steal the victory.
Atlantic Hockey play continues as Army tangles with Connecticut next weekend. The Black Knights travel to Storrs, Conn., Friday night before welcoming the Huskies to Tate Rink on Saturday night. Both games are set for a 7:05 p.m. start and can be seen live online via www.americaonesports.com (subscription fees apply). Live statistics can be found on the hockey schedule page of www.goARMYsports.com, and scoring updates will be available through the team's official Twitter handle @Army_Hockey.
Game Notes: Army maintains a 23-20-8 lead in its all-time series against Bentley... freshman Parker Gahagen made his ninth career appearance in goal ... joining Gahagen in the lineup was top line Brian Schultz, Josh Roberts and Willie Faust, along with Christian Pomarico and Mac Lalor on defense ... Army wore its road black sweaters ... Joe Kozlak has scored at least one point in seven of the team's last nine games ... he recorded his seventh career multiple-point game Saturday night ... C.J. Reuschlein increased his team-high goals to 10 on the year ... medical professionals wheeled freshman Joe Bruckler off on a stretcher less than five minutes into the action after Bruckler took a big hit into the boards ... Army is 1-2 in overtime games this season ... the Black Knights blocked 11 shots to Bentley's three.
BENTLEY 5, ARMY 4 (OT)
ARMY 1-0-3-0 - 4
BENTLEY 1-1-2-1 - 5
ARMY - Reuschlein (Carlisle, Alvarez), 11:20 PP
BENTLEY - Rickord (Reardon, Kubiak), 19:43
BENTLEY - Bacon (Switzer), 17:15 PP
BENTLEY - Gladiuk (Weinstein, Blomquist), 5:51 PP
BENTLEY - Gladiuk (Weinstein), 7:56 PP
ARMY - Kozlak (Carlisle), 12:15
ARMY - Kozlak (Alvarez, Reuschlein), 15:58 PP
ARMY - Carlisle (Reuschlein), 19:04 EX
BENTLEY - Deresky (Kubiak), 2:18
Shots: Bentley 40 (15-10-12-3); Army 32 (6-11-15-0)
Saves: Army 35 (Gahagen, 61:44, 14-9-10-2; empty net, 0:34); Bentley 28 (Komm, 61:37, 5-11-12-0; empty net, 0:41)
Power Plays: Army, 3-4; Bentley, 3-6
Penalties: Army, 9-29; Bentley, 7-14