Bentley Heads to Colorado to Take on Air Force

Matt Riggleman
Matt Riggleman

Game Notes

The Matchup: Bentley will make its longest trip of the year this weekend when they fly out to Colorado to take on the Air Force Falcons. Both games at Cadet Ice Arena will get underway at 9:05 pm eastern time.

Bentley is coming off a split at home with Mercyhurst last weekend, and will enter the weekend with a 2-3-0 Atlantic Hockey record. Air Force was on the road last weekend at Sacred Heart and split the series, a 7-1 loss and a 4-3 win, and they are 1-3-0 in the AHA so far.

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Last Time Out: Bentley had a pair of eventful games against Mercyhurst at the Arena last weekend. A 4-3 defeat in overtime was followed up with a 6-3 victory. In the win on Saturday, they led 3-0 after the first period and 4-0 in the 2nd period after a goal by Ryner Gorowsky at 5:42.

The six goals were all scored by different players and four of them came on the power play, from Will Garin, Jakov Novak, Jonathan Desbiens and Connor Brassard. Desbiens had a game high three points, with two assists to go along with his goal, and freshman Matt Gosiewski had two assists as well.

More From Last Weekend: Sophomore goalie Fraser Kirk made his first career start on Saturday night, and earned the win with a 22 save effort. The Burlington, Ontario native did not allow a goal until past the under-five minute mark of the 2nd period.

Freshman Joe Winkelmann scored his first career goal in Friday's game, a goal that was USCHO's No. 4 Play of the Week.

Tied at the Top: Bentley's Jakov Novak is one of six skaters tied for the AHA lead in goals thus far with five. Novak is T-5th in the AHA with 8 points. He has at least one point in five of seven games this season.

Jonathan Desbiens is T-8th in points with seven and he is T-4th in assists with six.

Connor Brassard is T-5th in points among defensemen with four, and Matt Gosiewski is T-3rd in points among freshmen with four.

Trips to Colorado: This will be Bentley's 5th trip out to Colorado since the 2015-16 season, including one postseason meeting. Over the last 12 games played out west going back to 2011-12, Bentley has picked up four wins and two ties.

The teams met four times last season, and each team swept on its home ice. Air Force won at home 4-2 and 4-1 on the weekend of Nov. 9-10 and Bentley returned the favor at the Arena on Feb. 1-2. Bentley won the first game 4-3 in overtime on a goal by junior Brendan Hamblet, then recorded a 4-0 shutout the next night behind four different goal scorers and 20 saves by senior Aidan Pelino.

Up Next: Bentley returns home next weekend for a series against Robert Morris on Nov. 15-16. The Friday game is a 7:05 start and the Saturday game is a 5:05 start.