PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Bentley University and Robert Morris battled to a 1-1 tie on Saturday in the series finale between the two teams, which resulted in a three point weekend for the Falcons. Freshman Jake Kauppila (Gurnee, Ill./Trail) had the goal, and freshman goalie Aidan Pelino (Oakville, Ontario/Chilliwack) turned in another strong performance with 32 saves.
Bentley's penalty kill came up with a key stop late in the game to preserve the tie. A tripping penalty with 1:02 left in the 3rd period put the Falcons down a man for the rest of regulation and into overtime. Pelino made two saves, and defenseman Tanner Jago (Brandon, Manitoba/Portage) blocked a shot to help send the game to overtime.
With 58 seconds still to kill off in OT, Pelino came up huge with five saves to keep the game tied.
Pelino came up with two more saves in OT once RMU's penalty was over, and Bentley put four shots on goalie Francis Marotte.
The Colonials ended the game with a slight 33-32 edge in shots, while Bentley's PK went 4-4 on the night.
Kauppila's goal at 6:34 of the 2nd period put Bentley in front 1-0, which was his 3rd goal of the season. The assists came from Drew Callin (Middleton, Wisc./Janesville) and Jake Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minn./Wenatchee).
Bentley led 1-0 after two periods, which gave Pelino five straight scoreless periods after Friday night's shutout.
RMU finally broke through in the 3rd period when center Brady Ferguson scored at the 5:24 mark to level the score 1-1.
With the tie, Bentley's Atlantic Hockey record moved to 9-10-5 for 23 points. They will get back on the ice Friday night at the JAR to host Sacred Heart.