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Matt Thomson
Matt Thomson

Shootout Victory Gives Bentley Five Point Weekend Over Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Matt Thomson and Ryan Mansfield scored and Nicholas Grabko made two saves to give Bentley a 2-0 shootout victory over Canisius on Saturday night.

The game ended in a 2-2 tie, but the shootout win gave the Falcons two points from the game and five from the weekend after Friday's 3-0 victory.

Thomson scored in the first round of the shootout and Grabko denied Canisius' Oliver Tarr for a 1-0 lead. The second round saw Bentley's Ryan Upson denied and Grabko save the attempt by Griffin Loughran to keep it 1-0.

That meant that Bentley would win if Mansfield scored, and he did just that with a wrist shot that beat David Fessenden to the stick side for the goal.

Bentley led 2-1 in regulation on goals by Nick Bochen in the 2nd period and Thomson in the 3rd period.

Bochen's goal at 8:00 of the 2nd period came on a slap shot blast from the top of the left circle and was assisted by Arlo Merritt and Garrett Horsager. That tied the game 1-1 and was his 4th of the season.

Thomson then gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead 3:30 into the 3rd period. His initial shot from the slot was saved but he was first to the rebound and put it past Fessenden for his 2nd of the year.

Canisius pulled Fessenden for an extra attacker with 1:06 remaining. The Falcons looked to be on their way to a regulation victory with five seconds left and a faceoff in Canisius' offensive zone, but the Griffs won the draw and Loughran scored from a tight angle with just 0.2 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime 2-2.

Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 overtime to send the game to the shootout.