Men's Hockey Defeated at Bentley, 7-4
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s hockey team was defeated by Bentley on Oct. 26, 7-4. The Crusaders’ defensive core led the scoring as Frank Boie tallied a career-high two goals and Logan Milliken scored his first career goal. The second period saw eight goals, which proved to be the deciding factor, as Bentley took a 6-4 lead. Holy Cross moves to 1-4-0 and 1-2-0 in league play as Bentley improves to 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 in Atlantic Hockey.
In the first period, the Crusaders pressured offensively and outshot the Falcons, 10-7. More than midway through the first period, Bentley broke through on an odd-man rush opportunity. Holy Cross responded less than two minutes later when Matt Barry scored his third goal of the season.
The second period saw a lot of action as eight goals were scored. Holy Cross started off the scoring, but gave up two goals. Frank Boie scored his second of the day to knot things back up at 3-3 nearly midway through the period. The Falcons rattled off two power play goals to take a 5-3 lead. Logan Milliken added his first career goal to push the game within one, 5-4, but a five-minute penalty gave Bentley a third power play goal to close the period, 6-4.
In the third period, Holy Cross was outshot, 7-4, and unable to close the gap from the middle frame. Bentley added an empty net goal with under one minute remaining to finalize the game, 7-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1-0 BEN (1st - 16:53): On an odd man rush, Jonathan Desbiens sent in a deceptive five-hole shot.
1-1 HC (1st – 18:15): Matt Barry crashed the net and backhanded the puck around Bentley’s goalie Aiden Pelino.
2-1 HC (2nd– 1:03): After chipping the puck out of the corner, Logan Ferguson fed Johnny Coughlin on the point. Coughlin moved the puck quickly across the blue line to Frank Boie, where he shot through the screen and into the net.
2-2 BEN (2nd – 3:07): A Bentley shot from the top of the left circle was chipped by Dylan Pitera at the top of the crease to get past Erik Gordon.
3-2 BEN (2nd – 5:38): From the hash marks, Will Garin fired a shot above Gordon’s glove and right under the crossbar.
3-3 HC (2nd – 7:56): Coughlin passed to Michael Laffin, who circled the top of the offensive zone. Laffin dropped the puck to Boie at the right point. The sophomore defenseman quickly wristed the puck towards the goal and his shot made its way through traffic and into the back of the net.
4-3 BEN (2nd – 10:15): On the power play, Garin was waiting at the back post as he received a feed from the high slot.
5-3 BEN (2nd – 16:20): Despite the Crusaders killing off a five-on-three, Bentley’s Jakov Novak scored from the far post, chipping the puck in.
5-4 HC (2nd – 17:07) After picking up a loose puck on the half wall in the offensive zone, Logan Milliken scored with a snap shot just off the goal line that handcuffed Bentley’s Pelino.
6-4 BEN (2nd – 18:16): On the power play, Novak redirected a puck from the slot that trickled in on the far post.
7-4 BEN (3rd – 19:13): Desbiens sent a shot toward the empty net from above the blue line.
NOTES & NUMBERS:
- Erik Gordon made 12 saves through nearly two periods.
- Beau Collins saw his first minutes as a Crusader and turned aside all six shots he faced.
- The Crusaders outshot the Falcons, 29-25.
The Crusaders host No. 6 Providence at the Hart Center on Nov. 3 at 7:05 p.m.