Bentley, which was on last place in the Atlantic Hockey Association, scored the game's first three goals then escaped with a 3-2 victory over Canisius Saturday afternoon at John A. Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown, Mass. Bentley will open its new on-campus arena next month.
Matt Sieckhause scored in the first period for the Falcons and Tanner Jago and Michael Zuffante (power play) added second period tallies.
Ryan Schmelzer led the Golden Griffins' comeback attempt in the third period scoring twice, at 10:55 on the power play and with 1:07 left. They were not able to get the equalizer even with the extra attacker in place of goaltender Daniel Urbani.
Bentley goalie Aiden Pellino made 23 saves. Ubani had 27.
Canisius (13-11-2, 13-7 AHA) remained tied for first place in the conference with Holy Cross (10-6-6). The Crusaders lost at home to RIT, 3-2.
The win moved Bentley (8-13-6, 5-11-5) ahead of Sacred Heart and out of last place in the AHA.
Swept at home by Niagara earlier in the season, the Air Force (13-11-3, 8-9-2 AHA) returned the favor Saturday with with a 5-3 victory over the Purple Eagles (11-15-2, 10-10-2) at Dwyer Arena.
The AFA Falcons took command with two second period goals, an even-strength tally by Marshall Bowers at 2:02 and Matt Sterratore's score at 11:00 when Air Force was on a 5-on-3 power play.
Niagara closed to one-goal when Derrian Plouffe scored short-handed at 14:11 with Noah Delmas, but the Purple Eagles could't get the equalizr. Air Forced closed it with an empty-net tally by Erik Baskin with 1:43 left.
Stan Dzakhov of Niagara opened the scoring at 2:05 of the first period with assists from Zach Mills and Nic Mucci). Goals by Ben Kucera and Joe Tyran put Air Force in front, but Mills tied it with his fourth of the season at 9:56. Dzakhov had the assist.
Air Force outshot Niagara, 27-25.