BOSTON- Bentley senior Brett Gensler scored a hat trick as Holy Cross falls to Bentley 3-2 in Atlantic Hockey action at the 2014 Citi Frozen Fenway inside Fenway Park. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 4-10-2 (3-5-2 AHA), while the Falcons move up to 9-7-1 (7-2-1 AHA).
The first period ended in a draw with each team tallying one goal a piece. At 10:43 senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) netted the first goal of the game and his fourth of the season. After receiving a pass from freshman Brett McKinnon (Kelowna, British Columbia), senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.) found Schmidt open on the lower right side of the Bentley goalie, where he buried the puck into the back of the net. McKinnon's assist marks his first collegiate point in his first collegiate game. Then 53 seconds later, while the Crusaders served a five-minute major, the Falcons evened the game when Gensler tipped teammate Steve Weinstein's shot into the goal. Bentley outshot Holy Cross 10-8 while the Falcons went 1-3 on the power play and the Crusaders went 0-1.
The second period of action at Fenway Park also ended in a tie, with a score of 2-2, as each team found the back of their opponent's net once during the 20 minutes. The Falcons took the lead 5:45 into the period when Gensler cleaned up a rebound and scored his second of the night. Just over a minute later the Crusaders took advantage of a power play and tied the game back up. Stockton shot the puck by Bentley goaltender Branden Komm marking his third goal of the season after a give-and-go play. He sent a pass that crossed the goal to sophomore Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Mass.) who delivered the puck back across to an open Stockton who then netted the goal. Schmidt also picked up an assist on the play. Bentley outshot Holy Cross 17-10 as the Crusaders went 1-2 on the man advantage and the Falcons did not have any power play opportunities.
The Crusaders came up scoreless in the third period, while Bentley was able to pull ahead and hold the lead to win the game. About half way through the period, Gensler scored his third goal on Fenway ice, marking a hat trick. The game-winner took place at 9:07 on a Bentley power play when Matt Blomquist took a shot from the point that caused a rebound off the pads of junior goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario). Gensler finished the play and gave Bentley its second lead of the night that would remain until time expired. In the final period, Holy Cross outshot Bentley 13-12 while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play and Bentley went 1-1.
In the loss Ginn made 36 saves, while Komm pushed aside 29 shots. Bentley outshot Holy Cross 39-31 while the Crusaders went 1-5 on the power play and the Falcons went 2-4.
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The men's hockey team returns to action tomorrow night, Dec. 29 when they face the defending national champion and current No. 11 Yale at 4:00 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.