Sacred Heart’s Season Comes to a Close at Bentley

(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

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