Nov. 15, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The Bentley Falcons scored a pair of third period power play goals en route to a 3-0 shutout win over the University of Connecticut Friday night in Atlantic Hockey Association action at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies were shut out for the first time this season and for the first time since January of last season as they see a four-game unbeaten streak at home come to end with the loss.
The Falcons (3-7-0, 2-2-0 AHA) withstood an early UConn (3-3-1, 2-1-0 AHA) offensive onslaught thanks to some stellar play from goaltender Branden Komm, who made 13 of his 30 saves in the first period. The Huskies hit the post three times in the first period including an early chance by sophomore Patrick Kirtland (Cary, N.C.) who pinged the pipe on a rebound attempt.
Bentley took advantage of an odd man rush as a Derek Bacon shot was turned away but Michael Reardon was sitting on the far post to easily clean up the rebound on an open net for a 1-0 lead at 6:04. The Huskies, who came in with the top-power play unit in the AHA, got a pair of special teams chances in the first period but came up empty on both.
UConn saw more solid scoring chances miss the mark in the second period, hitting the post twice more. Junior Jacob Poe ripped a shot from the high point that struck the cross bar in the early moments of the period. Kirtland again saw a chance for a goal dashed late in the period as batted loose puck missed the mark of the right post.
The Huskies failed to convert on two more power play opportunities in the second period but Bentley would not fail when they had the extra skater twice in the early moments of the third. Andrew Gladiuk finished off a pretty feed from Alex Grieve on the doorstep for a 2-0 lead at 1:26. The Falcon power play made it two-for-two on the night just over two minutes later as Grieve tipped home a Steve Weinstein shot to make it 3-0 just 2:39 into the final stanza.
Komm would make it stand up for the Falcons, finishing the night with 30 saves for his first shutout of the season. UConn's Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) also had 30 saves in taking the loss.
UConn is right back in action on Sunday when they will take on future Hockey East opponent Boston University on the road. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Huskies and Terriers on the ice. The puck will drop at 5:00 pm at Agganis Arena.
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