Army earned a split with the Bentley Falcons over the weekend, winning 1 of 2 away games to keep pace in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Special teams were the name of the game for the Cadets, who scored 2 powerplay goals, and added a shorthanded goal, which ultimately turned into the game winner. The Falcons took an early lead on a goal 1:46 elapsed time of the first by Michael Zuffante. The Knights didn’t take too long to answer back, as Brendan Soucie scored less than 4 minutes later on the powerplay.
The twine wouldn’t be tickled again until the 3rd, when Bentley took a 2-1 lead on Drew Callin’s tally. Then, the special teams fun really kicked in for Army. Zach Evancho found the back of the net on the powerplay less than 3 minutes later. Then at 12:31, Brendan Soucie scored this beauty shorthanded goal, which would stand as the game winner, and the Knights took game 1, 3-2.
Jared Dempsey finished the game with 29 saves for his first win of his sophomore campaign.
Weird game note: Bentley took a total of 7 penalties, yet Army only had 8:26 of elapsed powerplay time due to scoring twice, as well as abbreviating their powerplays with penalties of their own. Soucie also doubled his goal total for the season with his 2 special teams goals.
Game 2 saw the Black Knights offense stifled, and they dropped the contest 4-2. The score indicates the game was closer than it was in reality. The first period remained scoreless thanks to Dempsey’s strong play in the Black Knights crease.
However, it was Michael Zuffante who opened the scoring again, when he tallied at 3:12 of the 2nd period. That lead evaporated almost immediately, when Colin Bilek scored on the powerplay at 3:58 of the 2nd. That’s as close as it would get for the Knights. The Falcons scored twice in the 3rd to go up 3-. Army’s next goal wouldn’t be until 19:12, when Dominic Franco made it 3-2 with the goalie pulled. Bentley would salt the game away with 3 seconds left, when Luke Santerno hit the empty net. Army would put up just 17 shots to Bentley’s 27, and the special teams couldn’t bail them out this time, even after Bentley’s Connor Brassard took a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for butt ending. Army had 6:07 of elapsed powerplay time, scored once, but only managed 2 SOG during that time. That just wasn’t enough, and Bentley took game 2.
The Bottom Line
Army Overall Record: 6-6-1
Overall Points: 13 points
Conference Record: 5-4-1
Conference Points: 11
Conference standing: Tied 2nd place behind Air Force (1 conference points back, 1 overall point ahead)
Next 2 games: 2 Home games vs Niagara
November 23rd at 7:05PM
November 24th at 7:05PM
Niagara record: 6-5-1
Noteworthy: Niagara has 4 wins and 1 tie over their last 5 games.