WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Bentley and AIC skated to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night at the Olympia Ice Center as defenseman Matt Blomquist (Blaine, Minn./Coulee Region) and Jake Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minn./Wenatchee) had the goals for the Falcons.
Bentley's Atlantic Hockey record goes to 9-12-5 on the season as they nudge ahead of Army with 23 points for a home-ice spot in the playoffs. The two teams meet in a home and home series starting Friday night.
The Falcons held a 48-33 advantage in shots and had several more good scoring chances denied by AIC goalie Alex Murray, who finished the night with 46 saves. Bentley's Gabe Antoni (Lansdale, Pa./Springfield) finished with 31 saves, the 10th time this season he's had 30-plus saves in 16 starts.
Ahlgren's 7th goal of the season at 6:11 of the 3rd period was the tying goal after the Yellow Jackets led 2-1 after two periods. Ahlgren ripped a shot over Murray's glove after taking a pass from Cody DePourcq (Penticton, B.C./Penticton) for the goal.
Bentley started overtime on the penalty kill after a delayed penalty at the end of regulation in the 3rd, but they successfully killed it off. The PK was pressed into action again after another penalty call 2:11 into overtime. The PK came up big again, and as Bentley went back to even-strength with 49 seconds left they buzzed around Murray's net getting off two shots on goal in search of the winner but were denied.
After a scoreless 1st period that saw Bentley own an 18-7 advantage in shots, both teams scored on the power play in the 2nd. AIC's Marc Dubeau struck first at the 8:15 mark. The Falcons then tied it up at 12:30 as Blomquist blasted in a slap shot from the blue line under Murray's pads for his 4th goal of the season and 21st point.
AIC then took a 2-1 lead at 17:09 of the 2nd, which they held until Ahlgren's tying goal in the 3rd period.
Bentley's final regular season series of the season gets underway Friday at Tate Rink in West Point before shifting to the JAR Saturday night.