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Butler falls to Illinois

The Butler Bulldogs dropped both games last weekend to the University of Illinois.

Game 1 started late into the night due to the boards breaking in the arena before the game. The first period ended scoreless between the teams and the Bulldogs took an early lead in the second behind Matthew Moraw’s 3rd goal of the season. Illinois then began to take over the game with five unanswered goals in the second period. The Illini continued rolling over the Bulldogs with two more goals in the third. Jack Becker finally ended the run late in the third with a goal for Butler but that would be it as the Bulldogs dropped the game 7-2.

Game 2 again started with Butler grabbing the early lead with a goal from Jesse Longtin on the power play. Second periods continued to kill the Bulldogs with the Illini scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead. Butler came out fast in the third however and goals from Becker, Ryan Barrett, and Blair Haugh tied the game up early in the third. Unfortunately, Illinois took the lead back within a minute. A controversial referee no-call on goalie interference gave the Illini another goal late in the period before they added another in the final minutes. The game ended in a 7-4 win for Illinois which left the Bulldogs angry for letting the game slip away on controversial call.

The Bulldogs will play again in two weeks, facing off against Xavier University in Cincinnati on November 10th. It will be Butler’s family weekend so the team should be ready to go in front of friends and family.

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Butler drops both games to Miami

The Butler Bulldogs dropped both games this weekend to the Miami Redhawks with final scores of 9-4 and 7-2.

In game one, the Redhawks jumped all over the young, timid Bulldogs. Miami was up 2-0 less than two minutes into the game. The Redhawks scored two more before Jack Becker and Matthew Moraw each scored in quick succession as the period ended. The teams traded goals in the second with Jesse Longtin scoring for Butler. Miami took over again and scored three more goals to push the lead to 8-3. Blair Haugh scored his first collegiate goal in the third period, but the Redhawks scored again late to make the final 9-4. Butler goaltender Ryan Dyball was superb making 70 saves in the game.

In game two at Miami with a depleted Butler lineup, the teams played a closer first period with Miami only able to score once. The Redhawks began to pull away in the second, scoring three times before freshman Blair Haugh scored his second goal of the season. Miami scored a late goal in the period to push the score to 5-1. Freshman Matthew Moraw scored his second goal of the season in the third before Miami pulled away in the third with two more goals.

The Bulldogs have a off week for the school’s Fall Break and is back in action at the University of Illinois on October 19th and 20th.

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3 Things to Look for in the Upcoming Season

  1. New Era
    • In what will be the team’s social media phrase all season long, the “New Era” of Butler hockey is the start of its first season without its long-time leadership group. With the founders of the organization graduating as seniors last season, the team now goes into next season with only Chad O’Connell as its only senior with a number of Juniors and Sophomores vying for leadership positions on the team. The majority of the leading scorers the last few season have graduated so new players must step up to keep the team trending in the right direction.
    • The team also welcomes an entire new coaching staff with Landon Meyers taking over as head coach after former coach Jeff Gazior took his coaching staff to a local Indiana high school. Former captain Eric Gentry will join his staff as an assistant where he will focus on the defensive side of the puck. The team also added a Strength and Conditioning coach Jacqueline Sobotka who will help train the team off the ice.
  1. First Time Opponents
    • As the usual ICHC conference opponents Purdue and IPFW have watched their teams fold, they have been replaced by newcomers, the Miami RedHawks and the Trine Thunder. While Butler played at Miami last year, the two home games with Trine will be the first games ever between the two schools.
    • Butler will also travel to play Illinois and Wright State for the first time in the program’s history. The Fighting Illini went 12-13-4 last season at the Division 3 level. The teams will meet on October 19th and 20th. Wright State out of Dayton, Ohio struggled last season with a record of 1-22 but played against some strong teams at the D2 level. The teams will meet on February 1st and 2nd.
  1. Continuing an Exciting Game Atmosphere
    • As the team moves into its fourth year back on Butler’s campus, the team’s relationship has become strengthened with the university and the community around Indianapolis. The team has been working on a number of things to improve its on-campus reputation. Following the massive financial success of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation game against Indiana last year, the team will continue to look for ways to raise money and support Butler sororities and their philanthropies.
    • The team has also been diligently working on buying equipment and planning for radio and video broadcasts that will hopefully be streamed on Facebook Live starting this season. The team will also begin to start selling Butler hockey merchandise due to the large desire from fans from all over the country to represent the team.

All in all, Butler hockey is here to stay wants to thank all of its supporters for all they have done to help us become successful.

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Butler Hockey Adds Two New Coaches

The Butler hockey team is proud to announce the addition of two new coaches for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

Eric Gentry will join the coaching staff as an assistant after playing for Butler the last three years, including serving as captain last year as a senior. Gentry will be running the defense this season in his first ever coaching position. He has grown up in Indianapolis and last played for the Indianapolis Jr. Ice AAA before the Bulldogs.

Jacqueline Sobotka is also joining as the team’s first ever Strength and Conditioning coach. 

Sobotka brings a variety of performance training skills and eight years of industry experience covering personal training, public speaking, strength and conditioning sports performance, life coaching, nutrition consulting, and a variety other areas of fitness, sports and business. She is also an Optimum Nutrition Sponsored Athlete and has been for the last 8 years.

As the Strength and Conditioning coach for Butler Hockey, Jacqueline has designed and implemented sports performance training systems for the Student Athletes for use during the summer months and will continue throughout the school year. As a leader in the Indianapolis Community, she’s involved in numerous developmental initiatives integrating fitness, nutrition, wellness and sports training. She is currently the founder of Lady Leader Lifestyle, a fitness nutrition coaching company focusing on the developing and supporting women leaders.

Sobotka received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Science from Ball State University in 2010. Sobotka plans on furthering her education to stay up to date on the latest research.

Both coaches will be instrumental in helping the Bulldogs continue in the right direction in the upcoming season.

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Butler Hockey Names Landon Meyers as Head Coach

Butler hockey is proud to announce Landon Meyers as the new Head Coach for the upcoming season! He served as Butler hockey’s assistant coach two years ago and was the off-ice hockey assistant and team recruiter for the team last year. Meyers gave us his hockey background to share:

I grew up in Muncie, Indiana where there were no rinks within an hours drive. My family drove me to Indianapolis when I started playing youth hockey in the 4th grade.

I played high school hockey in Indianapolis and won a state championship my senior year. I had a few junior tryouts, but went to Bowling Green State University and played D1 club hockey for the Falcons. After college, I attended a few minor league trading camps and played some preseason games, but never got to play in the regular season.

The former head coach here at Butler, Jeff Gazior, gave me my start in coaching two years ago and I have coached Butler as an assistant and also coached youth hockey in the area.

We are excited to have Meyers join our team as we continue into next year after posting the most wins Butler has had since the return of the team three years ago. We want to thank all our fans for all the support we have had and hope for another great season next year!

 

 

 

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Butler Hockey Helps Grow the New Era of Hockey Players

Indiana Hockey recently put on a “Try Hockey for Free” day  for Indianapolis kids focusing on putting kids on the ice in hockey equipment for the first time. They asked the Butler hockey team for help and four of our members — Eric Gentry, Jesse Longtin, Jack Becker, and Ryan Barrett — volunteered at the event as on-ice help. The event brought back some memories for the players.

“It was kinda full circle for me,” club president Jack Becker said. “I remember my dad giving me a bucket to push around the ice and letting me hold onto his hockey stick as I marched around the ice. And I got to do the same to the next generation of hockey players.”

INHockey.net reported that the camp had nearly 300 kids aged three to eight years old that came out to put on gear for the very first time. Even the select few who had skated before, still used the ice to learn some new skills from the older players.

“It just made me feel really fortunate for my dad helping me out so much by building a rink in our backyard,” sophomore forward Jesse Longtin said. “I was able to learn so much out there and having camps like these help so much in the progress for young and inexperienced players.”

The Butler hockey team hopes to help grow youth hockey in the area in an effort to create a new wave of Bulldogs.

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Butler loses twice to Indiana University

The Butler Bulldogs dropped both games this weekend to the perennial ICHC league winner Indiana University by final scores of 7-2 and 7-1.

The Bulldogs’ first game of the weekend was Senior Night and the Kappa Foundation game which gave the teams a crowd over 400 people, the largest in Butler hockey history. The four Butler seniors – Eric Gentry, Hunter Byram, Noah Brayton, and Jack Sigman – were celebrated in front of family in friends as the founders of the Butler hockey team’s charter which was revived three years ago. The teams traded chances early but Indiana took the game over scoring three goals in the first period. In the second period, the Bulldogs clawed back, holding IU at bay and Captain Eric Gentry popped in a goal to make it 3-1 going into the third period. The Hoosiers pulled away in the third adding two quick goals before Brady Murphy scored for the Bulldogs. Indiana popped in another two goals with under 5 minutes left in the game to push the final score to 7-2.

In the second game of the weekend the Hoosiers came out flying early in the first period scoring four goals in the first period. The Bulldogs slowed down the Indiana offense in the second period only allowing one goal with Brady Murphy scoring his second goal of the weekend for Butler. The Bulldogs again slowed down the Hoosiers in the third behind stellar goaltending from Ryan Dyball holding them to one goal. The Hoosiers added an empty netter late with under four seconds left to make the final 7-1.

Butler’s regular season is now over and now looks forward to their ICHC playoff game. It is unknown at this time what time the game is at but will more than likely play Eastern Kentucky University next Friday.

 

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Butler Drops Both Games to Miami University

The Butler Bulldogs hockey team dropped both their games last weekend to the Miami University RedHawks with final scores of 2-0 and 9-2.

The RedHawks field a much larger roster than the Bulldogs and have had over 30 players play at least one game this year for them. The Dawgs endured a number of injuries on the weekend and by game 2 were playing with only 13 total skaters.

In game 1, Miami’s Robert Berner opened up the scoring early off a Butler turnover to take an early lead. The RedHawks added another goal late in the period from Evan Ingram to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Butler’s freshman goaltender Ryan Dyball stood on his head for the remainder of the game making 52 saves in the game. However the Dawgs couldn’t solve the Miami goaltender Jack Spaulding who made 29 saves in the shutout.

In game 2 the following morning, the teams took the ice at the Goggin Ice Arena, the Division 1 hockey rink on Miami’s campus. This clearly fired up the hometown RedHawks as they led the game from start to finish. Butler had goals from leading scorer Brady Murphy and senior captain Eric Gentry. Both of the Bulldog goals were quickly answered by the RedHawk goals. Miami then took the game over and scored 6 unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.

The Butler Bulldogs move to 7-6-1 on the season and move on to their toughest test of the year, the Indiana University Hoosiers. They are nationally ranked in Division 3 and beat the Bulldogs three times last year. The first game on Friday will be a benefit game for the Kappa Foundation and is also Senior Night. The four soon to be graduates – Noah Brayton, Eric Gentry, Hunter Byram, and Jack Sigman – were four of the founding members when the club team was granted its charter three years ago. Game 1 starts at 9:15 PM and game 2 starts at 3:40 PM in Bloomington.

 

 

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Butler Splits the Weekend Series with IPFW

Butler went 1-1 this weekend after falling to IPFW 7-4 in the first game but came back the next day and defeated them by a final score of 8-5 riding a 49 save effort from Ryan Dyball.

In game one, Butler came out fast with Hunter Byram knocking in a rebound six minutes in to give the Dawgs the early lead. IPFW fired back with three quick goals to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Byram scored again off a rebound early in the second period but again it was quickly answered by a goal by IPFW. Captain Noah Brayton knocked in another rebound on a power play goal to bring the score to 4-3 Mastodons at the second intermission. Butler came out flat in the third, promptly giving up a goal less than 10 seconds into the period. IPFW scored another goal to push the score to 6-3. Brady Murphy made things interesting with a goal but a Mastodon empty net goal sealed the 7-4 win.

In game two, Butler’s Ben Otto opened the scoring early but it was again answered by an IPFW goal. Ryan Barrett knocked in a power play goal but the lead was again short-lived with a Mastodon goal before the end of the period. Finally sick of giving up leads, the Dawgs came out flying in the second period. Butler dominated the period getting a goal from Noah Brayton and two from Jack Becker. Jack Unterseher added a goal late but got a celebration penalty which lead to a late IPFW goal with under 15 seconds left in the period. Butler went into the intermission up 6-3. The Mastodons clawed their way back into the game in the third period, firing shot after shot at Butler goaltender Ryan Dyball and getting two goals. The Dawgs fought hard to keep their lead and a pair of empty net goals from Ben Otto and Jesse Longtin sealed the 8-5 win.

The Dawgs record now sit at 7-4-1 and will play the Miami of Ohio Redhawks on the road next weekend with start times of 9:10 PM on Friday and a 5:00 PM Saturday game.

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Butler Splits the Weekend Series with EKU

The Dawgs go 1-1 this weekend falling in the first game 5-0 but defeated the Colonels the following day 5-4.

In game 1, the Colonels and Dawgs went back and forth with great chances on both sides until EKU struck first on a rebound. The Colonels came out flying in the second period and immediately scored 3 goals in two minutes pushing the score to 4-0. The Dawgs came back getting some keys saves from Freshman goaltender Ryan Dyball but were unable to solve the EKU goalie even hitting multiple posts. The Colonels scored a goal late in the third period to push the final score to 5-0.

In game 2, the Dawgs came ready to play. They controlled play and got an early first period goal from Jack Unterseher. Butler goaltender Jack Sigman was dynamite in the first period and made a number of incredible saves. The Dawgs scored two goals in two minutes midway through the second from Brady Murphy and Jack Unterseher’s second of the game. Ben Otto would score on the power play five minutes later to push the lead to 4-0. Sigman made another incredible glove save in the slot and the Dawgs came back with Captain Noah Brayton scoring on a breakaway to give Butler a 5-0 lead heading into the third period.

The Dawgs let their foot off the peddle in the third and EKU scored four goals in the period to make things interesting. Jack Sigman stood tall in net however and the Dawgs held on for a 5-4 win. With the win they improve to 6-3-1 on the year and 3-1 in conference play. Butler will start play again following Christmas Break at IPFW on January 19th and 20th.