(Photo via sacredheartpioneers.com)
WATERTOWN, Mass – Playing in the 70 person travel band allowed me to watch one of the most entertaining hockey games in a long time. We turned the John A. Ryan Arena into a Sacred Heart home ice advantage. After dropping the first game 5-4, SHU (13-20-4) picked up the victory in OT after a top shelf laser by Justin Danforth to forces a game 3 on Sunday.
We drove 3 hours to Ryan Arena to see the Pios take on Bentley for this playoff game. Bentley (13-18-6) capitalized first, with 14:33 remaining in the first, after Kyle Schmidt forced a turnover on the blue line and fed a clean pass to Max French down the middle to beat Brett Magnus blocker side for the first goal of the game.
The Falcons made it a 2-0 game in the second when Tanner Jago ripped a one-time clapper from Schmidt to the top right corner with 8:37 on the power-play. Sacred Heart answers soon after with a power play goal of their own. With 2:53 left the second period, Evan Jasper found Jordan Minello wide open above the right circle, who found a whole in Gabe Antoni to cut the lead to 2-1.
The score stayed as is until late in the third period. Sacred Heart dominated play in the Bentley zone, until the Falcon’s forced a clear which resulted in a breakaway goal by Schmidt, who celebrated by jumping into the glass to flip off the band. Game ends 4-1 after an empty netter by Schmidt.
Both teams had 28 shots a piece, with Bentley going 1/3 on the power-plays as the Pioneers went 1/2. Schmidt had four points on the night, coming with 2 goals and 2 assists.
It was a great series by both teams, with the Falcons coming out on top. Bentley will go on to play Robert Morris (21-9-4) next.
– M. Fritz