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Bentley Hockey Season recap 2017-18 Season Highlights

Bentley began the 2017-18 season anticipating the opening of Bentley Arena later in the season. However, they played their final home opener at the JAR on Oct. 10, a 3-1 win over AIC behind two goals from Jake Kauppila

The Falcons finished off a sweep of Robert Morris at the JAR on Nov. 25 to begin a six game winning streak. A four goal flurry in the 3rd period erased a 3-2 deficit in a 6-3 victory.

Bentley notched a signature win on Nov. 28 when they went on the road and defeated UMass-Lowell 3-2, which was ranked 18th nationally at the time. Sophomore Ryner Gorowsky scored the winner 3:24 into overtime.

Bentley stretched its winning streak to six games in December, which included road wins over Brown and Dartmouth from the ECAC. Sophomore goalie Aidan Pelino and freshman Luke Santerno were named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie and Rookie of the Month, respectively, while defenseman Connor Brassard had three goals during the month.

The Falcons visited Robert Morris the weekend of Jan. 19, and team captain Kyle Schmidt scored a nice breakaway goal just seconds into the second game of the series.

The following weekend, Schmidt scored his 50th career goal in a 3-2 Bentley win over Canisius on Jan. 27 at the JAR.

To begin February, Bentley went on the road and swept RIT for the 3rd straight season, punctuated by this 5-2 victory on Feb. 3. It improved the Falcons' record to 6-0 all-time at the Polisseni Center

After more than 40 years, it was time to bid farewell to the JAR, as the Falcons took on Air Force the weekend of Feb. 9-10 for the final two games at the rink in Watertown. Bentley won the first game 2-0, and Jake Kauppila scored the final Bentley goal there in the finale.

A new era of Bentley hockey would begin though just days later, as the Falcons took the ice for the first time for practice at Bentley Arena.

The day of the first game at Bentley Arena finally arrived on Feb. 16 as the Falcons took on Army West Point. The team came out on the ice for introductions in front of a sold out crowd.

Defenseman Brett Orr scored the first ever goal at Bentley Arena at 2:11 of the 2nd period.

One night later, the Falcons secured their first win at the new Arena with a 4-2 victory over the Black Knights.

Bentley Arena features a state of the art locker room for the home team.

Bentley's uniforms were lined up in the locker room and ready to go before the first game at Bentley Arena.

The ice at Bentley Arena was named the Coach DeFelice Ice Rink, in honor of Bentley's long time Athletic Director Bob DeFelice.

The crowd was pumped and ready to go before the Falcons took the ice for the first game.

Bentley President Gloria Larson dropped the ceremonial first puck before the first game. Also present was the Arena building committee and Bentley team captain Kyle Schmidt.

Bentley students packed the Top Shelf student section for all three games. The student section was named for a dedicated group of Bentley student fans, the Top Shelf, that was influential in helping the Arena get built.

Defenseman Tanner Jago celebrates his first period power play goal in Bentley's first win in the Arena, 4-2 over Army on Feb. 17

Luke Santerno and Ryner Gorowsky take the ice during warmups.

Andrew McDonald was one of six seniors who were honored prior to the final regular season game against AIC on Feb. 24.

The Falcons took on Robert Morris in the postseason for the 2nd time in three seasons, winning game two 4-3. Senior Kyle Schmidt had the game-winner, on the power play at 2:23 of the 3rd period. Schmidt finished his career with 120 points, 6th most in the program's Div. 1 history

Center Luke Santerno was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team. He led all Atlantic Hockey rookies in points (30) and was T-5th nationally in points per game among rookies (0.86).

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