Bentley Rallies Late to Force 3-3 Tie With Visiting Big Green

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley’s Jonathan Desbiens scored with 19.4 seconds remaining in regulation to force a 3-3 tie with the visiting Dartmouth men’s hockey team Saturday night.
The first ever game in the series between the two teams played in Waltham came at Bentley Arena and saw fireworks as the Falcons (5-11-2) claw their way back into the game after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in the game.
It appeared as if the third-period power-play goal just 1:12 into the frame from junior Will Garber would be enough to give the Big Green (5-7-2) the win in the 2019 non-conference finale. However, the home team had other plans as Desbiens deposited a rebound off the backboards into the net for his second of the afternoon.
Quin Foreman opened the scoring at 7:14 of the first period with his team-leading seventh of the season, but was matched by rookie Drew O’Connor just 1:25 into the second with his seventh of the year. For O’Connor, it was his first goal away from home this season.
Desbiens and Drew Callin scored in the ensuing minutes to tie it up at 2-2 and send the teams to the locker room deadlocked through 40 minutes.
A game marred by too many penalties called worked in Dartmouth’s favor as Graber finished off a passing play from O’Connor and Connor Yau early in the third for the lead.
Despite the 11 combined power plays for the two teams, the goalies weren’t peppered with shots as Adrian Clark man 22 saves, while Bentley’s Aidan Pelino made 27 in the draw.
The Big Green power play went 1-for-4, while the penalty kill put forth the best effort of the season, killing off all seven Falcon power-play bids.
The game marked the 967th in the coaching career of Koenig Family Head Bob Gaudet ’81 between nine seasons at Brown and 22 at his alma mater. That total moved him into first all-time in games coached in ECAC Hockey, passing Joe Marsh‘s 966 between the St. Lawrence men and the Dartmouth women.
From here on out, it’s all ECAC Hockey games for the Big Green who continue their road trip at Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend, before heading to Colgate and Cornell the on Jan. 18-19.

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