Notes: Novak Leads Bentley
Falcons face Army in battle of two surging teams.

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Sophomore Jakov Novak’s nine goals are only three shy of the national lead.

By Nate Ewell

Bentley and Army West Point have both won three in a row entering their series in West Point this weekend. The Falcons have been led by sophomore Jakov Novak (Windsor, Ont./Janesville-NAHL/OTT), one of two NHL draft picks in Atlantic Hockey (Army's Matt Berkovitz-ANA is the other). Novak's nine goals are three off the national lead and include three game-winners. He scored in both games as Bentley swept Holy Cross in a home-and-home last weekend.

Longest Active Winning Streak
9 – Cornell
7 – Boston College, Minnesota State
5 – North Dakota, Northeastern
3 – Army West Point, Bentley, Clarkson, Dartmouth, Ohio State, Sacred Heart


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Washe emerges for WMU – Western Michigan has battled injuries this season, with only one of the Broncos' top six scorers appearing in all 14 games. That's leading scorer Paul Washe (Clarkston, Mich./Fargo-USHL), and the junior has five multiple-point games among his seven goals and seven assists. Those totals already mark career highs in goals and points for Washe, who totaled 19 points in his first two seasons combined. His increased production bodes well for WMU, which stands 3-2-1 in NCHC play despite its injury troubles.


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