Bentley Hockey Season recap 2018-19 Season Highlights

Bentley began the 2018-19 season, it's first full season at Bentley Arena, at home against Merrimack in front of a packed house on October 12th. In a tight game, Bentley had a goal disallowed in the final seconds that would have tied the game.

Freshman Jakov Novak, who became the program's first NHL draft pick in June of 2018 by the Ottawa Senators, scored two goals to help the Falcons to a 7-4 win over Holy Cross on Oct. 26 at the Arena.

Bentley notched a signature win on Nov. 23 when they defeated Boston College 4-2 at Conte Forum in the first ever matchup between the two programs.

As the calendar turned to 2019, Bentley started to string together wins. This 3rd period goal by freshman Dylan Pitera sealed a 5-2 win over RIT on Jan. 19.

The Falcons stretched their unbeaten streak to 8 games and winning streak to 4 games with a 4-3, overtime win against Air Force at the Arena on Feb. 1. Sophomore Brendan Hamblet scored the winner.

The streaks reached 10 games unbeaten and 6 wins in a row with another OT victory, this time over Canisius, 3-2 one week later. Junior Jonathan Desbiens netted the winner to send the fans home happy.

Bentley finished with a 12 game unbeaten streak and 8 wins in a row, both records for the program in Division I. Goalie Aidan Pelino had a .924 save percentage and was 10-0-2 during the streak.

Junior Jonathan Desbiens had a goal in nine straight games during the streak, a new school record. He finished the season with a team best 15 goals.

The regular season came to a close on the weekend of March 1-2 at Army West Point. The Falcons earned three points on the weekend to end the regular season in 2nd place with 34 points. Senior goalie Jake Bryniarski started the finale and made 27 saves.

As a result of the strong regular season, Bentley earned a bye to the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed, where they met Robert Morris. Each game was decided by one goal, including a game one win for the Falcons where Novak scored the winner late in the 3rd period.

The Falcons placed a conference high four student-athletes on the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference teams. Pelino, defenseman Tanner Jago and center Luke Santerno were named to the 2nd team. Desbiens was voted to the 3rd team.

Captain Tanner Jago was one of just five senior's in men's hockey to earn first team status for the Senior CLASS Award, a presitigious honor that recongizes excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.

Forward Drew Callin continued his career when he was signed by the Worcester Railers of the ECHL. Callin had a strong senior season for the Falcons with 10 goals, 25 assists and 35 points.

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