PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior goalie Joe Calvi (New Lenox, Ill./New England Jr. Huskies) made 32 saves, including four in overtime, as Bentley University and Robert Morris tied 2-2 Friday night in the first game of a weekend Atlantic Hockey series.
The Falcons led 2-1 late in the third period, until a power play goal by Robert Morris senior defenseman Denny Urban tied it up with 2:13 left. Urban, the nation's highest scoring defenseman, scored his fourth of the season 42 seconds into a five-minute major penalty.
Bentley then did well to hang on for the tie, as another five-minute major was called against them shortly after, putting the Falcons down two-men for the final 17 seconds of regulation and the first 2:05 of overtime. The Colonials only took one shot on net during the 5-on-3 and the Bentley defense blocked another.
Calvi made one more save before the second penalty expired, and two in the final 17 seconds when Bentley was back to even strength.
Senior Jeremy Robert (Maplewood, Minn./Bismarck Bobcats) struck first for the Falcons with 1:23 left in the opening period for a 1-0 lead. It was his first tally of the year, and line mates Aaron Stonacek (Basehor, Kan./Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and Jordy Trottier (Bozeman, Mont./Mahoning Valley Phantoms) had the assists.
After intermission, freshman Brett Gensler (St. Charles,Mo./Youngstown Phantoms) wasted little time in giving Bentley a 2-0 advantage, scoring just 57 seconds in.
Bentley maintained that lead for most of the period until they were victimized by Robert Morris' power play, as senior Nathan Longpre scored his team-leading seventh goal 1:19 before the end of the second.
Robert Morris goalie Brooks Ostergard made 22 saves for the Colonials.
The Falcons go to 5-6-2 overall and 4-3-1 in Atlantic Hockey, while Robert Morris is now 7-4-2 on the season and 6-4-2 in the conference.
The series concludes Saturday night at 7:05.
Bentley (5-6-2, 4-3-1 AHA) 1 1 0 0 -- 2
Robert Morris (7-4-2, 6-4-2 AHA) 0 1 1 0 -- 2
1st Period: B, Jeremy Robert (Aaron Stonacek) 18:37
3rd Period: RM, PP Urban (Longpre, Kushneriuk) 17:47
Shots: RM, 34; B, 24
Saves: RM, Brooks Ostergard 22; B, Joe Calvi 32
Penalties: RM, 5-10; B, 8-38
Power Plays: RM, 2-6; B, 0-5