WATERTOWN, Mass. – Despite a late power play goal by sophomore Andrew McDonald (New Brighton, Minn./Fargo), Bentley fell to Mercyhurst in its season opener Friday night by a 3-1 score in an Atlantic Hockey game.
Mercyhurst goalie Brandon Wildung had shutout going for the first 56-plus minutes as the Lakers led 2-0, until McDonald got the Falcons on the board with 3:20 remaining. The goal came a 1:08 into a Mercyhurst penalty as McDonald swept in on net and beat Wildung to the glove side. The goal was assisted by Ryan McMurphy (Broken Arrow, Okla./Tri-City) and freshman defenseman Tanner Jago (Brandon, Manitoba/Portage).
Bentley goalie Jayson Argue (Swan River, Manitoba/Nanaimo) was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 1:25 left, but despite keeping possession for most of that time, Mercyhurst iced the game when freshman Taylor Best scored on the empty net with 25 seconds left, his second goal of the night.
The first period was scoreless with Wildung and Argue locked in a duel. Argue made 10 saves in the first 20 minutes and Wildung 11.
Mercyhurst though broke through just 1:50 into the second frame as Best scored off a deflected shot to make it 1-0. The visitors then added to their led at the 11:15 mark when junior Jonathon Charbonneau found the back of the net.
Argue finished the night with 26 saves while Wildung made 27.
Bentley will conclude its season opening series Saturday night against Mercyhurst with game time set for 7:05.