Updated: December 8, 2012 at 12:00 am
WATERTOWN, Mass. • Stephen Carew and Chad Demers each scored twice as Air Force beat Bentley, 7-4, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown, Mass.
Air Force won for the second straight time and improved to 5-7-3 overall and 4-4-1 in the AHA, defeating Bentley, which is also named the Falcons.
An Air Force turnover midway through the first period led to Bentley’s first goal, but Air Force tied the game at 1 early in the second period. Carew scored at the 5:28 mark when he batted Cole Gunner’s rebound out of the air and into the net.
Despite a 5-minute major penalty to defenseman Jacob Musselman, Air Force took a 2-1 lead when Carew notched his second of the game on a 2-on-2 break. Bentley (6-8, 5-5) got a goal back when it scored on the major power play.
Air Force regained the lead 3-2 when Demers put back a rebound of a Tony Thomas shot at 13:39. Late in the second period, Air Force doubled its lead to 4-2 on Demers’ second goal of the game. Demers capitalized on John Kruse’s pass from behind the net.
Bentley cut the AFA lead to 4-3 just 53 seconds into the third period as Brett Hartung redirected a shot by Steve Weinstein.
But Air Force answered just over two minutes later as Gunner scored on the rush when he beat a defenseman in the slot and flipped a backhander over the pad of the goaltender. His goal at 3:24 of the third period was assisted by Kyle DeLaurell and Jason Fabian.
Air Force made sure Bentley wouldn’t tie the game again when defenseman Alex Halloran broke up an odd-man rush in the Air Force end and transitioned the puck up the ice. Demers took a shot that was saved and Thomas put back the rebound at 6:29.
Late in the third period, Bentley pulled its goaltender in favor of the extra skater and scored as Brett Gensler netted his ninth of the season with 33 seconds left.
Bentley stayed with the empty-net and Air Force senior Kyle De Laurell scored his fourth of the season with 11 seconds remaining.