Bentley Tops Army, 5-2, In Home Opener

Shane Hearn

Shane Hearn

Nov. 2, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -  Falling victim to a slow start for the second night in a row, the Army hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision to visiting Bentley on Saturday night in the Black Knights' home opener at Tate Rink. Both teams' second Atlantic Hockey Association contest, the Black Knights fell to 0-2-0 and Bentley (1-1-0) picked up its first conference win.

Army (0-4-0) gave up two first-period goals, forcing the Black Knights to play catch-up for much of the contest. Sophomore forward Shane Hearn and classmate Willie Faust each netted a second-period goal to help the cause, but it was not enough to overcome the Falcons, who improved to 2-6-0 overall.

"I'm proud of the way the guys fought back after the first," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley. "We need to find a way to get started off on a better foot. This is the second game in a row we've gone down 2-0 in the first and that can't continue to happen if we're going to be successful."

Bentley held a 45-36 advantage on shots, while Army junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made a season-high 40 saves in his fourth start of the year. Brendan Komm made 34 saves for the Falcons, 29 of which came in the final two periods. Bentley went 2-of-4 on the power play, including one late in the third period to put the game out of Army's reach.

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead as junior Alex Grieve beat his defender on a breakaway and took Tadazak one-on-one for the score 11:48 into the action. Bentley stretched its lead to 2-0 with just 21 seconds remaining in the opening stanza when Andrew Gladiuk scored the first of his two goals on the night on the power play chance. The 2-0 score stood at the first intermission.

Early in the second period, Hearn went top shelf to get his first of the season 5:48 into the action, but it came after Bentley got its third of the night just 32 seconds prior. The Falcons proceeded to net their fourth goal of the evening 8:09 into the second, which then established a 4-1 Bentley advantage.

Army cut into the deficit as Faust punched in his second goal of the year in at the 13:58 mark of the middle period. The sophomore got help from senior captain Brian Schultz and sophomore defenseman Luke Jenkins on the assists, as he snuck the puck under a scrum in front of Komm to make it 4-2. Neither team scored for the remainder of the period, and Army entered the locker room facing a 4-2 deficit.

The teams skated the first 17 minutes of the third period scoreless, but Bentley's fifth goal of the night with 2:56 remaining proved to be too much for the home team.

Army returns to the ice next Friday as the Black Knights host Holy Cross for an AHA match-up at 7:05 p.m. Fans can purchase and print at home online via www.goARMYsports.com/tickets or call 1-877-TIX-ARMY. The Army Ticket Office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. It will be Salute to Heroes Knight and also a marked contest for the Black Knights Buddies.

Those unable to be in attendance for next Friday's home tilt have the opportunity watch the game on www.americaONEsports.com or listen via Knight Vision at goARMYsports.com, along with 1340 WALL and 1380 WEOK in the Hudson Valley.

Game Notes: Army holds a 23-18-8 lead the all-time series with Bentley ... fans participated in the first Skate with the Black Knights following the game ... Josh Richards, Maurice Alvarez, Zak Zaremba, Christian Pomarico, Mac Lalor and Rob Tadazak started for the Black Knights ... Willie Faust and rookie C.J. Reuschlein now lead Army with two goals apiece ... Brian Schultz, Andrew O'Leary and Shane Hearn each tallied a point for the second game in a row.  

BENTLEY 5, ARMY 2
BENTLEY       2-2-1 -- 5
ARMY           0-2-0 - 2

First Period:
BENT - Grieve (Weinstein), 11:48
BENT - Gladiuk (Grieve, Weinstein), 19:39 PP

Second Period:
BENT - French (Gladiuk, Weinstein), 5:16
ARMY - Hearn (O'Leary), 3:49
BENT - Gensler (Grieve, Switzer), 8:09
ARMY - Faust (Schultz, Jenkins), 13:58

Third Period:
BENT - Gladiuk (Gensler, French), 17:04 PP

Shots: Bentley 45 (20-13-12); Army 36 (5-18-13)
Saves:
Bentley 34 (Komm, 60:00, 5-16-13); Army 40 (Tadazak, 60:00, 18-11-11)
Power Plays:
Bentley 2-4; Army, 0-5
Penalties:
Bentley, 5-10; Army, 4-8
Attendance:
1,535

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