HANOVER, N.H. – Three goals in just over a minute midway through the second period was the biggest difference in a 5-1 Bentley win Saturday night against the Dartmouth men’s hockey team at Thompson Arena.
The visiting Falcons (7-7-3) kept their win streak going, pushing their current stretch to six straight victories. Unfortunately, the Big Green (2-7-1) are trending in the other direction and are now winless in their last six (0-5-1) contests.
Bentley took a 1-0 lead into the second period after Tanner Jago scored the game’s opening goal with 55 seconds remaining in the first.
It remained just a one-goal game until Kyle Schmidt, Drew Callin and Jake Kauppila scored three times in a span of 1:15 just past the mid-way point of the middle frame to balloon the Falcons’ lead to four.
Dartmouth would break through at the 13:35 mark of the third period with senior defenseman Tim Shoup’s first of the season ruining the shutout bid by Bentley netminder Aidan Pelino. Sophomores Shane Sellar and Will Graber picked up the assists.
Schmidt finished the night with a three points (1-2-3) to lead all players, while Jago (1-1-2) and Callin (1-1-2) chipped in with a pair.
Adrian Clark got the start in goal, stopping nine shots in 31:15 of play before being relieved following the fourth Bentley score. Fellow sophomore Dean Shatzer came into the game for the final 27:14 and turning aside all seven shots he faced.
Pelino looked strong all night, stopping 30 shots, while getting a few fortuitous breaks go his way as the Big Green hit three posts and had three shots trickle just wide of open netmouths.
The Green and White outshot the Falcons, 31-21, but weren’t able to match the scoring touch of the visitors who won their first game in the all-time series (1-2-0).
The Big Green head out on the road for the final time in 2017 next weekend, traveling to No. 1 Denver for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games against the defending national champion will be broadcast on 94.5 FM ESPN Radio.