Dimond, Phelps Score Twice as Bentley Downs Saint Anselm

MANCHESTER, N.H. Junior Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) score a game-high three goals and added an assist for four points, but Saint Anselm dropped a 9-6 decision to Bentley on Tuesday evening for Northeast-10 Conference action.

With the loss, Saint Anselm drops its first in three games and falls to 2-3 on the season, 1-2 in NE-10 play, while the Falcons improve to 2-3, 2-1 NE-10.

Bentley took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter, before the Hawks came back to tie it, 2-2, with a short-handed goal from senior Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) just 3:23 into the second. Mee was also assisting on Kennedy's goal, which cut the deficit in half at 2-1.

The Falcons had the answer to Saint Anselm's goals by scoring four straight into 11:06 of the third quarter, where Bentley led the game at 6-2. Junior James Peters (Medway, Mass.) connected with senior Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) at 5:08 of the third, but 43 seconds later Bentley found the net, bringing the score to 7-3 in favor of the Falcons.

Saint Anselm scored a pair of goals to close the third quarter and put the Hawks within two at 7-5, thanks to tallies from Messner and Kennedy. Peters was assisting on the goal from Messner at 1:23.

Bentley pushed the lead back to three at 9-6 to open scoring in the fourth and then tacked on another with 35 seconds left in the game. Kennedy followed that up by potting his third of the game with nine seconds on the clock, to close scoring at 9-6.

Senior Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.) was 10 for 17 on the faceoff and picked up six groundballs, while sophomore Jake Stokes (Beverly, Mass.) grabbed four.

Sophomore goalie James O'Neill (East Walpole, Mass.) made a career-high 12 saves in net for the Hawks, who held a 40-39 edge in shots on goal.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. when they play host to No. 1 nationally-ranked Le Moyne.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. Junior attack Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and freshman David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) each scored two goals as Bentley defeated Northeast-10 rival Saint Anselm 9-6 Tuesday night in Manchester.

Phelps and Dimond, whose goal was in a man-up situation, each had a goal in the first quarter to help the Falcons jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Bentley took a 3-2 lead into halftime on the strength of a man-up goal by sophomore Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) in the second quarter.

The third period saw seven combined goals, with Bentley scoring four of them. Sophomore Jon Blaisdell (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) connected on a man-up goal to open the third quarter scoring just 22 seconds in. Freshman John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and senior Nick Astarita (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) also found the back of the net during a 3-0 Bentley run to open up a 6-3 lead after less than four minutes.

Saint Anselm crept closer with three of the third quarter's final four goals, cutting Bentley's lead to 7-5 going into the final 15 minutes. But senior Mike Carter (Walpole, Mass./Thayer Academy) scored just 1:23 in to make it 8-5, and senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) made four fourth quarter saves.

Baker made 15 saves on the night as Bentley improves to 2-1 in NE-10 play and 2-3 overall. The Hawks fall to 1-2 in the NE-10 and 2-4 overall. Bentley is back in action Saturday when they host Pace for a 3:00 pm start.

2014-03-25



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