Waltham, Mass. – Bentley University scored three 3rd period goals on its way to a 4-2 victory over Army West Point on Saturday night at Bentley Arena.
Desbiens' goal 3:02 into the 3rd period set the stage for the final period charge. After taking a centering pass from sophomore Michael Zuffante's (Bloomingdale, Ill.), he had the puck down low and scored on a shot from near post to glove side of Army goalie Jared Dempsey for a 2-1 lead.
Just past the midway point of the period, Bentley increased its lead to 3-1 when Solovyev blasted in a one-timer from the top of the right point. Sophomore Brendan Hamblet (Hopkinton, Mass.) fed him a cross-ice pass from the left face-off circle that Solovyev fired past Dempsey for his 3rd goal of the season.
Army inched closer with an extra-attacker goal by Dominic Franco with 48 seconds remaining to make the score 3-2, but an empty net goal from Santerno finished it off as Bentley secured the 4-2 win.
Bentley's best scoring chance of the 1st period came from freshman Will Garin (Mound, Minn.) with about two minutes remaining in the period. On a move across the crease he got Dempsey on the ground but just couldn't lift the puck of Dempsey's pads as he made the save.
Shots were even 9-9 in the opening 20 minutes, and neither team converted on the power play.
The 2nd period saw both teams score. Bentley struck first on Zuffante's second goal of the series at the 3:12 mark. Solovyev had the assist with a pass from the point to Zuffante down low that he redirected past Dempsey for the goal.
But just 36 seconds later, Army responded with a power play goal from forward Colin Bilek, who tipped in a shot in front of the net from defenseman Alex Wilkinson, which came with the Black Knights on a 5-on-3 advantage.
Falcons goalie Aidan Pelino (Oakville, Ontario) made 15 saves to earn the win.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Bentley returns to face Boston College on Friday at 3:00 pm on ESPN3, then they face Holy Cross on Saturday night in Worcester.